Definition of family leave in English:

family leave


  • An excused absence from work for the purpose of dealing with family matters, especially the birth or adoption of a child or to care for a sick parent or spouse.

    • ‘The FMLA enables parents-women and men-to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid family leave for the care of children, spouses, or parents with serious health conditions.’
    • ‘Paid family leave only can be used to care for someone else's serious health conditions or for child bonding, not for an employee's own serious health conditions.’
    • ‘For the couple in question, the motivation was gaining permission from one of the women's employers to take family leave in order to care for her mother-in-law, who is ill and living with them.’
    • ‘When Kirchgassner became ill and required three surgeries, Robertson was unable to take family leave to care for her or the children as a married couple could.’
    • ‘In the past year, California has become the first state to provide paid family leave for workers - long a staple in Europe, but never before enacted in the U.S.’