When you need to take time off from work to care for a family member, the Family and Medical Leave Act is here to help. 

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees are entitled to unpaid, job-protected leave to provide care for a family member, including:

  • Twelve workweeks of leave in a 12-month period to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition or for any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or
  • Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered servicemember with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the servicemember’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

This webpage provides resources to help family caregivers understand and exercise their rights to job-protected leave under the FMLA.


Guides for Employees


Fact Sheets for Family Caregivers


Frequently Asked Questions for Family Caregivers


How to File a Complaint

  • If you have questions, or you think that your rights under the FMLA may have been violated, you can contact the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) at 1-866-487-9243. You will be directed to the WHD office nearest you for assistance. There are WHD offices throughout the country staffed with trained professionals to help you.
  • WHD has additional information on the complaint process and information you need to file a complaint.


Additional Resources for Family Caregivers