What is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)?

When you or a loved one experiences a serious health condition that requires you to take time off from work, the stress of worrying about keeping your job may add to an already difficult situation. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may be able to help. Whether you are unable to work because of your own serious health condition, to care for your spouse or newborn baby, or because you need to care for your parent, spouse, or child with a serious health condition, the FMLA provides unpaid, job-protected leave. Leave may be taken all at once or may be taken intermittently as the medical condition requires. 

How Do I Request FMLA?

Will I Be Paid During my FMLA Leave?

No, FMLA is not paid leave. FMLA is a federal law that provides job-protected, unpaid leave from work for certain family and serious medical conditions. However, you may get paid while on FMLA by using any accrued sick time you have available.  

Is FMLA the same as Massachusetts PFML?

No. Massachusetts PFML (paid family and medical leave) is a program designed to help people in Massachusetts take paid time off of work for family and medical reasons. This is funded through employer and employee contributions. Municipalities, at this time, do not participate or contribute to MA PFML. To get paid while on FMLA, you will need to use any accrued vacation or sick time available to you. 

Who is Eligible for FMLA?

To be eligible for FMLA, you must have worked for the Gloucester Public School District for at least twelve (12) months and have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours within the past 12 months prior to the start of the leave. 

Additional Information & Required Forms

FMLA Verification Forms

If you are requesting FMLA due to your own medical condition:

If you are requesting FMLA due to a family member's medical condition:

This form must be completed by your physician and returned to the Human Resource Department via fax (978) 903-6011 or email HR@GloucesterSchools.com

This guide will help you to better understand your options regarding FMLA. It is important to read and understand your rights and responsibilities prior to taking leave. 

Contact Human Resources

If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Human Resources: