Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
CHA FOR TEA provides Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) without pay to eligible team
members to care for their self, a family member, or for the birth/adoption/fostering of a child. The leave is without pay for a period not to exceed 12 weeks (480 hours for regular full-time employees and prorated for part-time employees) in any “rolling 12 month period.” A “rolling 12 month period” is measured forward from the first day an employee uses any FMLA leave.
All team members are eligible for FMLA leave when they have at least 12 months of service and
have worked more than 1,250 hours in the 12 months preceding the start of the FMLA leave.
FMLA leave is unpaid; however, available paid time off may be taken in conjunction with FMLA
such as short-term disability, vacation, personal days, or sick time. Sick time and disability
benefits for FMLA apply only if the leave is for the team member’s own “serious health condition.”
FMLA leave automatically begins on the first day of absence whether or not the team member
uses paid time off and regardless of whether the application process for the leave is complete.
FMLA leave and paid time off run concurrently.
The maximum amount of leave that can be taken is 12 weeks in a rolling 12-month period. The
12 weeks can be taken intermittently as a reduced work schedule when medically necessary.
FMLA leave is tracked on an hourly basis and counted against the annual FMLA leave entitlement. Team member returning from FMLA leave must provide at least two weeks advance notice of the date they will report back to work. Staff are reinstated to the same position, if available, or to an equivalent position for which they are qualified. If any staff fails to return to work on the date agreed upon, it is assumed the staff has resigned employment.