In 1993 Congress passed the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The FMLA entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees are entitled to:
- Twelve work weeks of leave in a 12-month period for:
- the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
- the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
- to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
- a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;
- any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or
- Twenty-six work weeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).
Below are links and downloads regarding information about the Family Medical Leave Act. This information is just a guide and not meant to be a complete list of all topics related to the law.
We have a new person dealing with Family Leave issues and applications;
ATTN: Francesca Cobb
Rail FMLA Coordinator
Phone # 973-491-7939
Fax # 973-804-0219
As a reminder you can fax it in to start the process but send in the original as well
When mailing send to:
New Jersey Transit
1 Penn plaza East
Newark. NJ. 07105
Also always make a copy for your records
Substitution of Vacation of Personal Days for FLMA days:
After the implementation of the FLMA, Carriers sought to impose the taking of all paid leave before unpaid leave. The Unions fought back. Below is the resolution of the long fight (We won). After court battles it ended up at arbitration.