​Family Medical Leave and Military Leave

The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (WFMLA) provide you with the right to take job-protected leave with continued medical benefits when you need time off from work to care for yourself or a family member who is seriously ill, to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, or to attend to the affairs of a family member who is called to active duty in the military.

Taking vacation or sick time on an unplanned basis may have negative employment consequences if absences become excessive. Therefore, apply for Family Medical Leave even if taking vacation, sick, or another paid leave benefit. We want you to focus on taking care of yourself or your family and not worry about work!

Family and Medical Leave Quick Reference Guide for Employees

To learn more: UWS Family & Medical Leave Resources*

*Note: Please contact HR Employee Policies ​Specialist, Sierra Thomas, at sthomas@uwsp.edu​​, prior to downloading FMLA forms. This is necessary to verify FMLA eligibility and ensure you receive the correct FMLA forms for the type of leave requested and with the correct UWSP contact information.

Becoming a new parent?

For resources regarding Pregnancy, Nursing/Breastfeeding, and/or Parenting, see Pregnancy Parental Leave and Nursing-Breastfeeding Resource for UWSP Employees (and Students).

Schools and childcare: Moving to the Point Area, see Schools and Childcare section.

For Leadership/Department:

Medical Compliance Quick Reference Guide for Leadership

To Apply or Additional Questions?

Contact HR Employee Policies Specialist, Sierra Thomas, at sthomas@uwsp.edu​ for guidance.

Military Leave

If a leave is needed for military service, the leave may be protected under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Paid or unpaid leave may be used for a leave protected under USERRA. Use the UWS Military Leave webpage to request a leave and for additional resources. To notify UWSP of the leave, please contact your supervisor and UWSP HR at hr@uwsp.edu.