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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

City of Tacoma Government Employee Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Resource Center 


City of Tacoma Policy

Employee FMLA Policy 3.11 


FMLA Employee Medical Certification Form

FMLA Family Member Medical Certification Form

FMLA Care for Military Service Member Form

Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave Form

FMLA Leave Request Form


About FMLA

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment Standards Administration, Wage and Hour Division, administers and enforces the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for all private, state and local government employees, and some federal employees. Most Federal and certain congressional employees are also covered by the law and are subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management or the Congress.

FMLA became effective on August 5, 1993, for most employers. If a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) was in effect on that date, FMLA became effective on the expiration date of the CBA or February 5, 1994, whichever was earlier. FMLA entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for themselves, specified and family members.  FMLA can be for serious health conditions, birth of a child, adoption or placement of a foster child and qualifying exigency leave for qualified family members that is a covered military member on covered active duty; or 26 workweeks of FMLA to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness who is a qualified family member or next of kin.  The employer may elect to use the calendar year, a fixed 12-month leave or fiscal year, or a 12-month period prior to or after the commencement of leave as the 12-month period.

The law contains provisions on employer coverage; employee eligibility for the law's benefits; entitlement to leave, maintenance of health benefits during leave, and job restoration after leave; notice and certification of the need for FMLA leave; and, protection for employees who request or take FMLA leave. The law also requires employers to keep certain records.


Federal FMLA Employee Rights Poster

Contact Information

City employees:

Disability & Leave Management

(253) 591-5452