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Family Medical Leave Act

The Family Medical Leave Act provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for the serious illness of an employee, an immediate family member, the birth or adoption of a child.

To qualify for FML, you must have at least one full year of service and have received pay for at least 504-credited flight hours in the past twelve months. These hours exclude sick leave and vacation pay. The company provides a FMLA packet.

The United Master Executive Council Family Leave Working Group is continuing to work to address issues pertaining to Family Leave benefits for Flight Attendants. Your assistance is needed in order to conduct a review of procedures including denied benefits, delayed responses through continual requests for more information, inconsistencies with intermittent usage and issues with auto-designation of family leave status.

The Working Group has an email address to receive your reports about any issues pertaining to Family Leave. Send your reports to Be sure to include your name, file number, the dates associated with your issue and any company personnel involved.

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