Family Medical Leave Act Policy

This policy details how the City manages Family Medical Leave Act Policy (FMLA) which gives employees up to 12 weeks of leave to take care of family or their own serious heath condition.
Type Enterprise
Applies To
  • City Council Departments
  • Boards and Commissions
  • Other: Applies to all employees, including appointed, those in classified service and those who are union members, as described in the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.
Synopsis The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with the right to request up to 12 weeks in any 12 months for the birth of a child or placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care, to care for a family member with a serious health condition, for an employee’s own serious health condition and when a family member is called up to or on active military service. The FMLA also provides 26 weeks of unpaid leave in a single 12-month period for an employee caring for a family member recovering from an illness or injury suffered while on active military duty. The City will provide these leave benefits to employees who have worked 1250 hours during a 12 month period immediately preceding the requested leave. Check applicable labor agreements for information on leaves of absence that may differ than what is listed on this website.
History Council Approval: September 26, 2008
Policy Effective: September 26, 2008 (Note: The Family & Medical Leave Act was originally enacted in 1993. Amendments to the act were made and put into effect on January 28, 2008, January 16, 2009 and October 28, 2009.)
Policy Last Revised: September 26, 2008
Procedures Last Revised: January 1, 2018 (Changes made in response to transition of FMLA Administration from Human Resources to the Standard)
Keywords family medical leave, FMLA, medical, civil service rules, leave, leave of absence, intermittent leave, sick leave, sick leave donation, unpaid leave, adoption, birth, certification form, foster care, health condition, physician, recertification, exigency, military leave
Links Policy Review Group Approval
  • June 3, 2008
Policy Document Procedures and Forms Supporting References Related Policies and Resources
Administering Department Human Resources

The Standard is a company that provides administration services for FMLA leaves for the City.

For questions or to initiate an FMLA claim:

Contact us

Laurie Locust

On-site Standard Specialist
Human Resources




Public Service Center
250 Fourth St. S., Room 100
Minneapolis, MN 55415

Benefits Administration

Human Resources






City Hall
350 S. Fifth St., Room 1
Minneapolis, MN 55415