Applying for Medical leave

OFLA and FMLA 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.
  • * New for 2014 - 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.  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. 

Employee Eligibility



  • Employee must have worked for Washington County for a period of 180 calendar days immediately preceding the date the leave begins; and
  • Employee must have worked an average of at least 25 hours per week during the 180 day period unless the leave is to care for a newborn child or newly placed adoptive or foster child ("parental leave").
  • For OMFLA only, the employee must work for the employer for an average of at least 20 hours per week and there is no 180-day requirement. 


  • Employee must have worked for Washington County for at least 12  months, which need not be consecutive, and
  • Employee must have worked for at least 1,250 hours for Washington County during the 12 months preceding the leave.                                        



Please contact Human Resources at 503-846-8383 if you have any questions regarding Medical Leave.