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.

You may be eligible for more generous leave provisions. Leave taken for FMLA-eligible reasons must run concurrently under FMLA, WFMLA, and other leave provisions available. The leave available under the various provisions is exhausted simultaneously.

Applying for FMLA

Once you know you need to take a leave of absence that will be covered by the Wisconsin and/or Federal Family and Medical Leave Acts, contact your human resources department so they can provide you the proper paperwork and determine how much paid leave you have available for use.


In order to be eligible for family and medical leave, you need to work a specific number of hours during the year. For eligibility purposes, all State of Wisconsin agencies, including the University of Wisconsin System are considered one employer.


You must have worked for the State for at least:

  • 52 consecutive weeks; and
  • 1,000 hours during the preceding 52-week period. Paid leave used counts towards the 1,000 worked.


You must have worked for the State for at least:

  • 12 months (months do not need to be consecutive); and
  • 1,250 hours during the preceding 12-month period. Only actual hours worked count towards the 1,250 hours.

Eligibility for WFMLA and FMLA is determined by considering all hours worked up to your first day of leave.


Every effort has been made to ensure this information is current and correct. This page does not guarantee enrollment or the ability to make changes to your benefits.