family leave

noun

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)

Examples of family leave in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In their letter Wednesday, the progressives said their constituents are depending on them to deliver on the far-ranging package of health care, childcare, family leave, education and other investments, including those to fight climate change. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 14 Oct. 2021 The liberal Keynesian view is that these ideas—pre-K, child care, family leave, free community college—are long overdue investments in working- and middle-class Americans that will give the economy a positive jolt. Michael Tomasky, The New Republic, 27 Sep. 2021 The family leave proposal — discussed Wednesday during ongoing talks to craft a new contract — would also apply to officers who adopt a child. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Sep. 2021 The political stakes surrounding the plan, which also includes a second Democrats-only bill to fortify and expand the social safety net by establishing universal pre-K and paid family leave and expanding health programs, could not be higher. Jennifer Haberkorn, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2021 For her part, Wu pointed to her record of advancing policies that naysayers viewed as too difficult to tackle, especially for the city council, such as family leave laws, lobbying oversight, and environmental protections. BostonGlobe.com, 22 Sep. 2021 Many Democrats agree on the goals included in the legislation, such as providing universal pre-kindergarten and tuition-free community college while increasing federal funding for child care, paid family leave and combating climate change. Will Weissert, ajc, 17 Sep. 2021 Many Democrats agree on the goals included in the legislation, such as providing universal pre-kindergarten and tuition-free community college while increasing federal funding for child care, paid family leave and combating climate change. BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2021 Many Democrats agree on the goals included in the legislation, such as providing universal prekindergarten and tuition-free community college while increasing federal funding for child care, paid family leave and combating climate change. Arkansas Online, 17 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of family leave

1968, in the meaning defined above

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18 Oct 2021

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“Family leave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/family%20leave. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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family leave

noun

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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