ADS Chapter 481

Family and Medical Leave (FML)

Functional Series 400 – Human Resources

Partial Revision Date: 04/14/2015
Responsible Office: HCTM/PPSM
File Name: 481_041415


This chapter provides guidance on unpaid family and medical leave (FML) to employees. (Paid leave may be substituted for unpaid leave under section 481.3.6).

This chapter applies to all full-time and part-time employees serving under permanent appointments who have completed at least 12 months of service, which does not have to be recent or consecutive. Up to six (6) months of leave without pay is creditable toward meeting the 12-month service requirement. This chapter also applies to employees serving under temporary or intermittent appointments who have at least 12 months of federal service, which does not have to be consecutive, including at least 1,250 hours of federal service during the 12-month period immediately preceding an event that would establish eligibility for the program. Foreign Service National employees and temporary and intermittent employees serving overseas are not covered by the regulations in this chapter.