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Family & Medical Leave Requests

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 applies to all employees and provides for UP TO 12 weeks of leave time during any 12-month period provided that they have worked for at least 12 months and for at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months.

Berrien RESA has elected to use the “rolling” 12-month period measured backward from the date an employee uses any FMLA leave. FMLA leave is unpaid but does provide for continuation of insurance benefits. FMLA leave furthermore is not in addition to the other leave provisions contained herein but rather runs concurrently with them.

Employees are required to use all accrued paid leave days (see Board Policy Article V, Section 6) as part of the FMLA leave but only to the extent of the 12-week entitlement. It is intended for:

  • Birth of a child.
  • Adoption of a child or placement of foster child.
  • Caring for a spouse, child or parent with a serious medical condition.
  • The employee’s own serious medical condition which makes the employee unable to perform the requirements of the job.
  • Military caregiver or qualifying exigency related to a spouse, parent or child being called up for active duty.


FMLA Process Flow Chart

Frequently Asked Questions


Contact Breanna Bell
Director of Human Resources
269-471-7725 ext. 3155