Why is it important to CAL Flight Attendants?

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) is a United States federal law requiring covered employers to provide employees job-protected unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons. These reasons include personal or family illness, military service, family military leave, pregnancy, adoption or the foster care placement of a child. The FMLA is administered by the Wage and Hour Division of the United States Department of Labor.

The Airline Crewmember Technical Corrections Act is an addendum to the federal FMLA that was signed into federal law by President Obama in 2009. The addendum recognizes the unusual variables in our profession, and ensures qualifying Flight Attendants job protection. Know your rights and responsibilities, under the federal FMLA and how the law applies to you, while adhering to the Collective Bargaining Agreement FMLA Letter of Agreement 15-1. More information may be found on the Department of Labor website.

The best time to learn about Family Leave is before you are in need of it. Know the first steps to take and plan in advance. Whether it be a one-time occurrence or an ongoing chronic condition, you may be eligible for Family Leave and avoid steps of discipline associated with any non-qualifying absences. If you have an on-the-job Occupational Injury, it may benefit you to apply for Family Leave for the same condition.

AFA’s goal is to make available the information, which will assist you in understanding your responsibilities and rights when you, or an eligible family member, are faced with a serious health condition and/or circumstances qualifying for a job-protected absence.

The following FMLA forms which applies to you are provided below. Please print and fill out accordingly. Refer to the your local Duty Desk or supervisor regarding specific application.

FMLA Handbook Before gathering your FMLA documents, please refer to this useful handbook for information, frequently asked questions, and check list.

FMLA Handbook 
(Updated Jan. 23, 2015)

FMLA Flight Attendant Job Description
This form helps explain our job to your Health Care Provider and so that he or she can better understand the aspects of our job which are affected by the respective health condition/issue being applied for.

DoL FMLA Employee Form
(For Employee’s Serious Health Condition)

DoL FMLA Family Form
(For Family Member’s Serious Health Condition)

FMLA Military Qualifying Exigency
(For Military Family Leave)