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Nevada Leave Laws

Family and Medical Leave

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Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for Family Leave you must be an employee holding a position in the public service (any office, department, board, commission, bureau, agency or institution of the executive department of the State government) and you must have:

  1. Been employed by your employer for at least 12 months, and
  2. Worked at least 1,250 hours of paid service in the previous 12-month period.

How Much Leave Will I Get?

12 weeks during the 12-month period measured backward from the date you begin using Family and Medical Leave.

What Are Legitimate Reasons To Use Leave?

  1. Because of your own serious health condition which makes you unable to perform one or more essential functions of your position.
  2. Because of the birth of your child (must take leave within 12 months of birth).
  3. Because of adoption or the placement of a foster child (must take leave within 12 months of placement).
  4. In order to care for your spouse, child or parent who has a serious health condition.

Is Family Leave Paid?

No. Family and Medical Leave is unpaid leave. However, you are required to exhaust all of your sick leave, accrued annual leave, catastrophic leave (see below), and holiday pay before you can take unpaid leave pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave law.

Exception: If you are absent from work because of a work-related injury or illness and are otherwise eligible for Family and Medical Leave, then any time you are absent from work is designated as Family and Medical Leave and you may elect to use paid leave for any portion of that absence.

Is A Doctor's Note Required?

Yes. You must provide medical documentation for any leave taken under the Family and Medical Leave law.

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