The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees up
to 12 workweeks of unpaid leave per calendar year for FMLA approved
events. The mandated leave allowance is inclusive of other available
leave and permits employers to offset the total 12-week entitlement with
any paid leave taken under the FMLA.
Commission employees are required to use certain types of accrued paid leave as available under the Merit System Rules and Regulations (MSR&R) before Leave-Without-Pay can be granted. Once the required amount of paid leave has been used the employee may request Leave-Without-Pay for the balance of the 12 workweeks. For instance, if an employee is required to use 30 workdays (6 workweeks) of Sick Leave before requesting unpaid leave, she/he has 30 workdays (6 workweeks) which may be taken as Leave-Without-Pay under the FMLA.