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Family and medical leave — Arizona


The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was signed into law in 1993 and amended in 2008. It is intended to help Americans balance and coordinate work and family responsibilities through guaranteed leave, health insurance coverage and reinstatement rights for eligible employees. In 2001, Arizona enacted a law providing for leave rights by the victims of crime (discussed in Other types of leave). In 2016, Arizona passed the Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act providing Arizona employees with up to 40 hours of paid sick leave per year. (Discussed under Required sick time in Arizona later in this chapter.)

Family and Medical Leave Act

Eligible conditions

The FMLA requires covered employers with 50 or more employees to provide eligible employees with up to 12 workweeks of unpaid, job-protected leave (26 weeks to care for spouse, child, parent or next of kin injured in the line of duty while on active military duty) during each 12-month period, for any the following reasons: