The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees eligible letter carriers up to 12 weeks of leave each postal leave year, for:
- A new child in the family - by birth, by adoption or by placement in foster care;
- Caring for a family member with a serious health condition;
- The employee's own serious health condition that prevents him or her from performing the job, or
- Qualifying exigencies arising out of the fact that employee’s family member is on or has been notified of “covered active duty” in the Armed Forces.
The FMLA also guarantees eligible letter carriers up to 26 weeks of leave in a single 12-month period to care for a “covered service member” with a “serious injury or illness” if that service member is their spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin.
The FMLA guarantees time off, whether paid or unpaid. The type of leave taken depends on the reasons for the leave, an employee's earnings and the usual postal leave regulations. There are eligibility criteria, medical certification guidelines and other detailed rules governing letter carrier rights to FMLA leave.
NALC Form 1: Medical Certification-Employee's Own Serious Health Condition
NALC Form 2: Medical Certification-Family Member's Serious Health Condition
NALC Form 3: Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family Leave
NALC Form 4: Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of Current Covered
Servicemember for Military Caregiver Leave
NALC Form 5: Certification for Serious Injury or Illness of a Veteran for Military
NALC Form 6: Employee's Notification of New Child in the Family
FMLA Administration Human Resources Share Service Center (HRSSC) - Contact
Information by Postal Service Area
Center (HRSSC). The address for the HRSSC to which the employee must submit the FMLA form(s) can be found on the area maps included in the NALC FMLA forms PDF.