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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Serena and the fairness of the WTA’s family leave act….why is there no Hawkeye on clay? The Si Staff,, "French Open 2018 Preview Roundtable: Predictions, Dark Horses, More," 23 May 2018 Duran said one family left around 7 a.m. after being evicted by the staff., "Despite eviction reprieve, Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees face uncertainty and fear," 2 July 2018 The rental was trashed, the family leaving behind chairs and garbage bags stuffed with clothes. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018 As previously reported, Barr was canceled last month despite a series order for a second season of the revival, which picks up where the Conner family left off after ending their original run in 1996. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Roseanne' spinoff officially picked up at ABC without Roseanne Barr's involvement," 21 June 2018 The school’s population fell to 55, as about a dozen students and their families left the area after Maria. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "First Hurricane Maria, now this: a Puerto Rico town mourns the loss of its school," 15 June 2018 The Hart family's SUV was discovered at the bottom of a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean on March 26 after the family left their home in Clark County, Washington. Kale Williams,, "Remains found in Mendocino County near Hart family crash site," 10 May 2018 Authorities said the family left Oregon to escape intense scrutiny that began in 2014, when Devonte Hart was photographed sobbing in the arms of a white police officer in Portland, where people had gathered to support protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Kristine Phillips, Kevin Sullivan And Marwa Eltagouri, sacbee, "Speedometer ‘pinned’ at 90 mph as SUV carrying family plunged off a cliff, report says | The Sacramento Bee," 1 Apr. 2018 Though this is the first case of maternity leave for a sitting Senator, there are policies put in place for family leave in each Senator's office. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "What Maternity Leave Looks Like When You're a Sitting Senator," 25 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of family leave

1968, in the meaning defined above

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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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