Family & Parental Leave

The federal and District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Acts provide unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees so that they can care for their families or themselves in the event of certain situations. The George Washington University recognizes that its employees strive to balance their work and personal lives. The university’s procedures relating to these statutes are designed to support that balance while also providing supervisors with the ability to manage the tasks for which they are responsible.

The university complies with both the federal and District of Columbia Family and Medical Leave Acts at all of its locations. If the employee's family or medical leave is covered under the federal and D.C. statutes, the leave is granted under both statutes and runs concurrently, to the extent possible. If it is only covered under one of the statutes, the leave counts against the period allowed under that applicable statute.

Employees returning from FMLA leave (as approved) under these statues and who have completed all required documentation will be reinstated to their same position or to an equivalent position with equal benefits, pay, and other terms and conditions of employment. An employee has no greater right to reinstatement or to other benefits and conditions of employment than if the employee had been continuously employed during the FMLA leave period.

Family and medical leave may be taken continuously, on an intermittent basis or as a reduced work schedule, depending on the circumstance for the FMLA leave.

The information found in this section is intended to provide supervisors with guidance relating to an employee’s need for family and medical leave. The application of these statutes and their relationship to each other is complex.

Therefore, employees and supervisors who believe that family and medical leave may be appropriate should contact the Benefits Administration Department for assistance.

Please refer to Benefits Administration's Leave of Absence website for more information.