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)

First Known Use of family leave

1968


FAMILY LEAVE Defined for English Language Learners

family leave

noun

Definition of family leave for English Language Learners

  • : 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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