Military Caregiver Leave (FMLA)

Carle Health offers Military Caregiver Leave to allow eligible team members time away from work to care for an immediate family member injured in the line of duty while on active military duty.


Team members must have been employed for at least 12 months and worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the start of the Military Caregiver Leave.

Duration of Leave

Team members will be granted Military Caregiver Leave under FMLA for up to 26 weeks per rolling 12-month period. Combined FMLA Military Caregiver Leave and other FMLA leaves of absence cannot exceed a combined 26 weeks in a rolling 12-month period.

Benefits Status During Leave

Team members will retain benefits throughout the approved FMLA leave. If the leave is unpaid, the team member is responsible for providing the applicable payment for voluntary benefits.

Compensation During Leave

A combination of vacation and sick time benefits can be used depending on the type of leave; refer to the applicable benefit policy for more information.

Return to Work

Military Caregiver Leave (FMLA) is job-protected, meaning you are entitled to return to your job in the same position as when you left for your leave. However, if your position no longer exists, you should be offered one that is comparable in terms of skills, duties, pay, benefits, etc.

Other Considerations

A married couple employed by Carle Health may be limited to a combined total of 26 weeks during a rolling 12-month period for all FMLA qualifying reasons.