family leave


Definition of 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)

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Recent Examples on the Web Google extended its family leave to 14 weeks in April for workers to take care of their families during the pandemic. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "To help working parents, companies are getting creative," 17 Sep. 2020 On the same night, state lawmakers narrowly passed and sent California Governor Gavin Newsom legislation that would expand family leave protections and mandate up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "California lawmaker Buffy Wicks brings newborn to assembly floor after being denied a proxy vote," 1 Sep. 2020 His new company offers 16 weeks of family leave to a mother who gives birth to a child, but only four weeks to a parent who did not give birth. NBC News, "Even with ruling, workplace still unequal for LGBTQ workers," 26 Sep. 2019 Despite the partisan fighting, lawmakers were still able to pass a bill that provides employees of smaller businesses the same 12 weeks of job protections while taking family leave as those who work for larger companies. Andrew O'reilly | Fox News, Fox News, "California GOP lawmakers irked over virtual voting glitches during quarantine," 1 Sep. 2020 That is why programs such as emergency family leave and the extension of unemployment insurance are so important. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Will workers increasingly leave the work force if schools stay closed?," 28 Aug. 2020 Lawmakers want to get family leave passed at the Capitol. Alex Burness, The Denver Post, "Inside the near-collapse of Colorado’s paid family leave bill — and the fight to come," 29 Feb. 2020 Sanders highlighted Biden’s support of a $15-an-hour minimum wage, paid family leave and moving to 100% clean electricity. Joe Garofoli,, "Takeaways from Democratic National Convention: Big tent, good TV, light on policy," 20 Aug. 2020 After finding out that her children's learning will take place online at least initially when school starts August 20th, Wells went on family leave in early July to ease some of her stress. Charisse Jones, USA TODAY, "'I don't know if I can do this': Parents brace for school year juggling jobs, remote learning amid COVID-19 pandemic," 17 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of family leave

1968, in the meaning defined above

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23 Sep 2020

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“Family leave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of family leave

: a period of time when an employee has permission to be away from a job in order to deal with family matters (such as caring for a baby or a sick family member)

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