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family leave Syllabification: fam·i·ly leave

Entry from US English dictionary

Definition of family leave in English:

noun

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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