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FMLA, Sick Leave Rules Explained for City of Houston Employees

Feeling a bit under the weather? If you work for the city of Houston, it seems you're probably covered when it comes to paid sick leave.

City of Houston employees are entitled to accrue two-and-a-half hours of sick leave per pay period. This is capped at 65 hours of sick leave per fiscal year, with the year running from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31.

Here's where it gets better. If you have unused accrued sick leave at the end of the year, then the city will match your sick leave. They do this up until you've accrued 1,040 hours, at which point you can continue to accrue sick leave, but the city will no longer match it.

That's a pretty good deal.

Now, tack that on to the unpaid leave given through the Family Medical Leave Act, and you've got yourself a great amount of potential time off.

The FMLA gives eligible workers 12 weeks of unpaid time off for events such as pregnancy, the birth (or adoption) of a child, and taking care of a sick spouse, child or parent.

FMLA is a job protection. You can take leave under the FMLA within a 12-month period and your job will be protected during that leave period.

The city of Houston falls under the reach of the FMLA. The Act applies not only to governmental employees, however. It applies to most companies with 50 or more employees for 20 or more weeks during the current or previous year.

Not all city of Houston employees are eligible for FMLA, though. An employee has to have worked for the city for at least 12 months prior to taking FMLA, and must have clocked at least 1,250 hours during those 12 months.

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