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)

Examples of family leave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Case studies of buyouts show that individual considerations play only a limited role in whether a family leaves or stays. Jen Schwartz, Scientific American, 1 Aug. 2018 The 671 Lincoln Ave. residence, 20 miles north of downtown Chicago, was the site for the Christmastime comedy in which 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) defends the family home from burglars (Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern) after being left behind when his family leaves on vacation. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2024 Still, just 27% of civilian workers in the U.S. get paid family leave, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Alexandra Olson, Fortune, 13 May 2024 How celebrities could interpret 2024 Met Gala theme 04:04 Condé Nast's union said the new contract will guarantee a minimum starting salary of $61,500; end a two-tier wage system that led to lower pay for long-term freelancers; and offer two additional weeks of family leave, among other benefits. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, 6 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for family leave 

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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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“Family leave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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