family leave


: a usually unpaid leave of absence for an employee to attend to family concerns (such as a serious illness or the care of an infant)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the same political leaders who fought to end Roe v. Wade also oppose policies such as the child tax credit and paid family leave. Laura Goetz, STAT, 3 Mar. 2023 In recent years, high-profile Democratic women have championed policies on child care and family leave, including several members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation. Samantha J. Gross,, 8 Feb. 2023 Meanwhile, 46% want a competitive company pension contribution and 27% want good parental or family leave policies. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 27 Jan. 2023 Notably, employees may prefer a workplace that respects their personal lives (e.g., reasonable schedule, flexible work arrangements, extended parental and family leave and others) more than one filled with amenities. Caterina Bulgarella, Forbes, 28 Dec. 2022 Instead, The Way of Water sees Jake and his family leave their life in the Pandoran forest to escape Quaritch, moving to an oceanside community to learn the way of, well, water. David Sims, The Atlantic, 13 Dec. 2022 Even the pandemic failed to move the needle significantly in Washington, with efforts by Democrats to create national sick and family leave programs fizzling out early in Biden’s presidency, despite vocal support from some corporations. Eli M. Rosenberg, NBC News, 10 Dec. 2022 This week, in the meantime, advocates for family leave are taking a moment to acknowledge what the United States does have: the Family and Medical Leave Act. Kinsey Crowley, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2023 Goldstein, who was supposed to be overseeing the fund’s management is on family leave, also under pressure from school officials, the source said. Pam Mcloughlin, Hartford Courant, 28 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of family leave was in 1968

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Cite this Entry

“Family leave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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