Absence for Childbirth or Infant Care

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 made available to Federal employees an entitlement to a total of 12 weeks of leave for the birth of a son or daughter or to care for the newborn infant. In these instances, the employee's entitlement to leave under the act expires 12 months from the date of the birth. Upon returning from leave, an employee is entitled to be restored to the same or an equivalent position held when the leave began.

Supervisors who have employees interested in this special leave provision, should contact the CPAC for further guidance.

Exclusions under OPM and DOD regulations: Employees serving under intermittent appointments or temporary appointments with a time limitation of one year or less; an individual employed by the District of Columbia; any employee covered by Title 1 or Title V of the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Please review Title 5, Code of Federal Regulations Subpart L - Family and Medical Leave, Section 630.1201(b)(2) for exclusions. Non-U.S. citizen DOD workers are excluded from FMLA in its entirety.

Content last reviewed: 6/19/2006-FMJ

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