Applying for Medical Leave

Leave request process for a family member or yourself

Washington County has partnered with UNUM to provide resources for staff who need to access Family Medical Leave (FMLA and OFLA). Employees who require time off work due to a serious health condition, for military leave, or other reasons such as sick child leave or bereavement leave will have access to UNUM’s platform for initiating and documenting their protected time.

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FMLA and OFLA both allow protected leave for:


  • Parental Leave (Parental Bonding)
  • A family member with a serious health condition
  • The employee's own serious health condition
  • Pregnancy Disability
  • Military Leave
  • Domestic violence victims


FMLA (Federal - Family and Medical Leave Act) also allows protected leave for:

  • Any 'qualifying exigency' occurring because an employee's spouse, son, daughter, or parent is on active duty in the uniformed services or has been notified of an impending call to active duty status in support of a contingency operation.
  • A combined total of 26 workweeks during a single 12-month period to care for a family member who is serving in the military and has a serious injury or illness incurred in the line of duty while on active duty.


OFLA (State - Oregon Family Leave Act) also allows protected leave for:

  • A parent to care for a child due to a non-serious health condition that requires home care ('sick child leave').
  • A covered employee to take up to 14 calendar days of leave per deployment for a spouse or same-sex domestic partner who has been called to active duty or notified of impending call to active duty, or who is on leave from active duty during a period of military conflict.
  • Bereavement Leave:  An eligible employee is entitled to take a maximum of two weeks of leave per death of a family member (as defined under OFLA), up to a maximum of 12 weeks per calendar year. The leave is counted against the employee's OFLA entitlement. The leave must be completed within 60 days after the date on which the employee receives notice of the death of the family member. OFLA bereavement leave will run concurrently with Washington County bereavement leave where an employee is allowed up to three (3) workdays time off with pay for the death of an immediate family member. The Appointing Authority may approve an additional leave of two (2) workdays for necessary funeral travel time. 

Timekeeping and Accrual Usage:

  • Use of accrued paid leaves runs concurrently with Family Medical Leave and Oregon Family Leave.

  • Employees must use all accrued paid leave, including any paid leave accrued during the employee's qualified leave, prior to commencing any period of unpaid leave, except for provision under parental leave

  • If leave for a Serious Health Condition (Employee or Family Member), employees must use all accrued sick leave prior to using any other accrued leaves.

Required Notice from Employee:

  • Foreseeable Leave (30 days or more) –notice required 30 days in advance of leave

  • Foreseeable Leave (less than 30 days in advance) –notice required as soon as possible/practical –typically within one or two business days of employee knowing

  • Unanticipated or Emergency leave –written or verbal notice required 24 hours prior, or –within 3 days of returning to work.

  • Family members may give notice on employee's behalf