Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), all employees can take up to 12 work weeks off for:

  • The birth or adoption of a child.
  • Serious personal health conditions.
  • Care for a family member with a serious health condition.
  • Military caregiver (up to 26 weeks).
  • Qualifying exigency leave.

FMLA does not provide any additional leave. It does protect your job while you are gone. Your job responsibilities, pay status, and/or working hours should not be changed upon your return to work.


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.

Taking FMLA Leave

FMLA requests should be made at least 30 days in advance of the date the leave would begin. When advance notice is not possible due to unforeseen or emergency situations, requests should be made as soon as the time needed is known.

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.

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 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.

Apply for FMLA

To apply for FMLA, complete a request for FMLA leave form and the appropriate FMLA medical certification and return it to the benefits office within 15 days. Failure to do so may delay approval of the leave.

Employees may be asked to provide periodic updates, and UNLV may require a second medical opinion.