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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When martial law was declared, my family left the Philippines and came to the United States. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Memo from a ‘Facebook nation’ to Mark Zuckerberg: You moved fast and broke our country.," 26 Nov. 2018 Enrollment at Catholic schools in Puerto Rico has plunged with hundreds of thousands of families leaving the island for the U.S. mainland amid a 12-year recession. Danica Coto, Fox News, "Puerto Rico Archdiocese files for bankruptcy amid lawsuit," 29 Aug. 2018 Authorities said Waggener refused to let the family leave. Ranji Sinha, ajc, "Neighbor forces family to recite Pledge of Allegiance, do chores, policy say," 8 June 2018 On Sunday afternoon, a 5-year-old girl was shot in the ankle as the family left their Albany Park home on their way to a park., "Girl, 4, shot while sitting on porch with parents: 'It's our children, our babies'," 2 May 2018 The plan would provide up to 12 weeks of family leave that could be used to welcome a new child or to take care of a sick relative, and up to 20 weeks of medical leave to deal with a personal health issue. Shirley Leung,, "How progressives and businesses made an unlikely deal on family leave," 28 June 2018 Aside from new family leave policies, the report authors recommend stronger enforcement of Title IX and equal employment opportunity policies. Kaitlin Menza, Marie Claire, "The Gender Wage Gap Is Way Worse Than We Thought," 3 Dec. 2018 All too often, pets whose families leave spend the process fighting the sedation and searching for them. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 2018 Pureval pledged to support equal pay for women and to protect health care coverage and paid family leave. Dan Sewell,, "Ex-Rep. Gabby Giffords speaks against gun violence in Ohio," 13 June 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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