Family Medical Leave (FMLA)

Family Medical Leaves are administered by FMLASource, on behalf of Wayne State University.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 is a federal law that helps employees balance their work responsibilities with their family and medical needs. The Act sets national standards for employers when providing leave for such purposes.

Any time you are absent from work with an FMLA qualifying event:

  • Contact your Supervisor, Business Manager, or Designated Representative
  • Call 1-877-GO2-FMLA (1-877-462-3652), log onto to start your leave process.
  • You will need your Access ID (e.g. zz1222), home phone number and home zip code

Reasons for taking leave:

  • To care for the employee's child after birth, or placement for adoption or foster care;
  • To care for the employee's spouse, son, daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • To address certain qualifying exigencies arising from an employee's spouse, son, daughter, or parent on active duty or call to active duty in the National Guard or Reserves in support of a contingency operation;
  • For incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care, or post-partum recovery;
  • For a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform his or her job.

Qualifying exigencies may include attending certain military events, arranging for alternative child-care, addressing certain financial and legal arrangements, attending certain counseling sessions, and attending post-deployment reintegration briefings.

When medically necessary, leave may be taken on a continuous, intermittent or reduced-scheduled basis.  Employees must make a reasonable effort to schedule leave for planned medical treatment(s) /appointment(s), so as to not unduly disrupt the employer's operations. You are required to substitute paid leave for unpaid leave by utilizing your illness bank balances. If your time off exceeds your illness bank, your vacation bank will be utilized prior to your going into unpaid status if applicable.  Please note, only vacation hours may be used for the care of a family member.

The Employee is Responsible for:

  • Notifying management 30 days in advance, or as soon as practical and possible, of the need for time off that might qualify for FMLA;
  • Ensuring that his/her health care provider returns the completed FMLA medical certification form directly to FMLASource within 15 days of requesting FMLA leave.
  • Following all departmental call-in procedures for absences;
  • Scheduling appointments to avoid disrupting the workflow in the work area, whenever possible;

Benefits of FMLASource

FMLASource® is an easy and convenient way to request, track and manage family and medical leave. Either online or over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, employees can:

  • Request leave
  • Check eligibility for leave
  • Download medical certifications
  • Check the status of a leave request
  • Keep track of leave time
  • Learn about federal FMLA regulations

Call 1-877-GO2-FMLA (1-877-462-3652) or log onto to start your leave process.