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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His family left in 1957, during one of two major purges of Jews in the postwar years. Marc Santora, New York Times, "For Artist at Auschwitz, a Challenge: Stepping Into the Past, Not on It," 4 July 2019 In fact, the reason why her family left Russia was to provide better opportunities for her sister's tennis career. Jenna Ortiz, azcentral, "Who is Amanda Anisimova, the 17-year-old American shocking the world at the French Open?," 6 June 2019 Cristina Osmeña, a Republican House candidate challenging incumbent Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier in California's 14th District, came to the U.S. at age six when her family left the Philippines to escape the Marcos regime. Celeste Katz, Glamour, "For Female Political Candidates, Sometimes the Biggest Threat Isn’t Losing an Election," 17 Sep. 2018 Anti-Semitism infects the past and present, however, and reminds Andrei and Baba Seva of the reasons his family left. Bob Blaisdell, The Christian Science Monitor, "'A Terrible Country' follows an ex-pat who returns to experience life in Russia," 11 July 2018 Recently, several bills about family leave have been introduced in the U.S. Congress. Frank J. Infurna, Quartz, "The midlife crisis is getting worse," 20 July 2019 Recently, several bills about family leave have been introduced in the U.S. Congress. Frank J. Infurna, The Conversation, "The real midlife crisis confronting many Americans," 15 July 2019 The 37-year-old councilwoman is a rising figure in the Texas Democratic Party who has won favor with U.S. presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke for championing family leave policies. Miles Moffeit Elvia Limón, Dallas News, "Tax funds stolen by her husband helped a DeSoto councilwoman. Why didn't authorities fully investigate?," 12 July 2019 Legislators have yet to approve a majority of the state budget and other Democratic priorities addressing affordable housing, paid family leave and driver’s licenses for immigrants in the country illegally. Sarah Zimmerman, The Denver Post, "Not enough votes for climate bill that sparked GOP walkout, Oregon senate president says," 25 June 2019

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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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