Family and Medical Leave Information


The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law by President Clinton in 1993. It requires employers to grant eligible employees leave for certain family and medical reasons. Under the law, eligible employees are entitled to the following:


  • Up to a total of 12 workweeks of leave during any 12-month   period for one or more of the following reasons:

    • the birth or placement of a child for adoption or foster care, and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth/placement; 
    • any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military service member on “covered active duty;” or
    • a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job; 
    • to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition; 
  • Up to a total of 26 workweeks of leave during any 12-month period to care   for a covered military servicemember with a serious injury or illness if the   eligible employee is the servicemember’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).


FMLA Forms

The union has posted FMLA forms for use by healthcare providers to certify serious illnesses of APWU members and their family members. In accordance with an April 18, 2012, arbitration award, these forms are accepted by the USPS.


Certification by a Health Care Provider for the Employee’s Own Serious Illness:

Certification by a Health Care Provider for a Family Member’s serious Illness:

Certification by Employee of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave:

Certification by a Service Member’s Health Care Provider for Caregiver Military Family Leave:


Sample Completed APWU Forms

Sample Form for Employee's Absence Plus Treatment

Sample Form for Child with Chronic Condition 

Sample Form for Chronic Condition 

Sample Form for Hospital Stay

Sample Form for Long Term-Terminal Illness 

Sample Form for Multiple Treatments 

Sample Form for Pregnancy


FMLA Resources

The following documents and links provide guidance and assistance for APWU members and representatives when applying the provisions of the FMLA to postal employees.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Questions and Answers

Your Rights Under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993

Arbitration Award: USPS #Q06C-4Q-C 11001666 and Q06C-4Q-C 11008239

Arbitration Award: USPS #Q00C-4Q-C 02126262

Arbitration Award: USPS #H98C-4H-D 99290624

USPS and Department of Labor (DOL) Letters Regarding 1250 Work-hour Eligibility Requirement

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) FMLA Compliance Assistance site

















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