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C-33. Family and Medical Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA or the Act) became effective on August 5, 1993. This law gives eligible IU employees the right to take up to 12 weeks of leave in a calendar year because of:

  • Birth of a child and to care for a newborn child of the employee, spouse as defined by Indiana law, or same-sex domestic partner as qualified by the university’s Affidavit of Domestic Partnership.
  • Placement with the employee of a child through adoption or foster care of a child.
  • Care for any of the following who has a serious health condition:
    • The employee’s spouse or same-sex domestic partner
    • The employee’s child under 18
    • The same-sex domestic partner’s child under 18
    • The employee’s parent
  • Care for the employee’s or same-sex domestic partner’s child 18 or older who has a serious health condition and is incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability.
  • A serious health condition that renders the employee unable to perform the functions of his or her job.
  • A qualifying exigency which occurs while the employee’s spouse, domestic partner, child, child of the domestic partner, or parent is on covered active duty or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty in the Armed Forces. The term covered active duty means duty during deployment to a foreign country. Qualifying exigencies to manage the service member’s affairs are described on the Department of Labor form Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave.

Each of these six situations is considered a qualifying reason under the law. Additional information on family and medical leave may be obtained from the Human Resources Office and the Office of Academic Affairs.