Family Medical Leave (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a rolling 12-month period for specified family and medical reasons.


Employees are eligible for FMLA if they have worked at UNLV for a total of 12 months and have worked for at least 1,250 hours (average of 24 hours per week) during the 12 months preceding the requested date of the leave.

Requesting FMLA Leave

An employee should provide at least a 30-day notice to the campus before the commencement of any paid or unpaid leave; however, if the leave must begin in less than 30 days, the employee must provide as much notice as possible. Employees are advised to meet with Benefits prior to taking a medical/disability leave.

When on FMLA leave, employees may use any accrued sick leave. If accrued sick leave is exhausted, the employee may use accrued annual leave. When all leave is exhausted during the absence, the remaining FMLA leave will be designated as leave without pay.

FMLA may be taken all at once, intermittently, or on a reduced leave schedule (working less than the usual number of hours in a week) if medically necessary. An intermittent or reduced schedule to care for a new child should be coordinated with the manager of the employee and Human Resources.

To help you navigate your work-life needs, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has established roles for Employees and Managers/Supervisors.


Please utilize the procedures below:

Medical Benefits and FMLA

Medical benefits will continue while on approved leave for FMLA. Employees are responsible for the employee portion of the health insurance premiums, which will be deducted during paid status. Arrangements to cover premiums during unpaid status can be made by contacting the UNLV benefits office at 702-895-3504.

Returning to Work

An employee may be required to provide certification from a health care provider indicating fitness to return to work. Employees should contact the benefits office and their supervisor as soon as possible to arrange for return to work. At least two days’ advance notice may be required prior to return to active status.