Intermittent Leave and the Family Medical Leave Act

15 Pages Posted: 28 Jun 2013 Last revised: 1 Jul 2013

Date Written: December 15, 2012


The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees the right to take up to twelve work weeks (480 hours) of unpaid leave during a twelve-month period for qualifying family and medical reasons, or for any qualifying exigency stemming from military duty. Twenty-six workweeks (1040 hours) of unpaid job protected leave in a twelve-month period are available for eligible employees to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness. Since the FMLA’s enactment, human resource professionals have faced many challenges with implementing the medical leave provisions of the FMLA. One particular challenge facing employers is intermittent FMLA leave and its implications.

Keywords: FMLA, Intermittent Leave, Challenges with Intermittent Leave

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Corbin, Alice Katherine, Intermittent Leave and the Family Medical Leave Act (December 15, 2012). Available at SSRN: or

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