Family and Medical Leave Information
Under the family and medical leave act of 1993 (FMLA), eligible employees of the U.S. Postal Service are entitled to receive unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. Qualified medical and family reasons include: personal or family illness, pregnancy, adoption, or the foster-care placement of a child.
The FMLA is intended “to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families.” It allows eligible employees to take up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period to attend to the serious health condition of the employee, his or her parent, spouse or child, or for pregnancy or care of a newborn child, or for adoption or foster care of a child.
To be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have been employed by the employer at least 12 months, and worked at least 1,250 hours over the past 12 months, and work at a location where the employer employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles.
The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008 amended the FMLA to provide two types of military family leave for FMLA-eligible employees: “qualifying exigency leave” and “military caregiver leave.”
Read more here: A GUIDE TO THE FAMILY & MEDICAL LEAVE ACT [PDF]
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:
APWU FMLA Form 1 - Complete Online Version (Revised Feb. 2016) [PDF]
Certification by a Health Care Provider for a Family Member’s serious Illness:
APWU FMLA Form 2 - Complete Online Version (Revised Feb. 2016) [PDF]
Certification by Employee of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave:
APWU FMLA Form 3 - Complete Online Version (Revised 10/3/14) [PDF]
Certification by a Service Member’s Health Care Provider for Caregiver Military Family Leave:
APWU FMLA Form 4 - Complete Online Version (Revised May 2015) [PDF]
Sample Completed APWU Forms
Sample Form for Employee's Absence Plus Treatment
Sample Form for Employee Cancer
Sample Form for Employee Hospital Stay
Sample Form for Employee Migraine
Sample Form for Employee Diabetes
Sample Form for Employee Musculoskeletal
Sample Form for Employee Long Term
Sample Form for Employee Pregnancy
Sample Form for Spouse Absence Plus
Sample Form for Child with Chronic Condition
Sample Form for Spouse Hospital Stay
Sample Form for Family Multiple Treatments
Sample Form for Spouse Permanent Long-Term Care
Sample Form for Spouse Pregnancy
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