Department of Management Services

Leaves of Absence

Need time off from work? In addition to your paid leave options, we may grant an unpaid leave of absence for you to take extended time off for a serious health condition or military service. During this time, you can use your personal leave credits, if applicable.

Each type of leave has its own terms and conditions, and requires advance approval. Click on any of the links below to learn more. To request leave, contact your supervisor or agency HR office.

Leave Reason for Leave Length
Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) You are unable to work due to a serious health condition; you need to care for a child (for example, newborn, adoption, foster care) or a family member with a serious medical condition; or you need to provide assistance with pre-departure matters to a family member beginning active military service. Up to 12 weeks
You need to care for a family member recovering from an injury sustained during active military service. Up to 26 weeks
Family Supportive Work Program Leave
  • Parental or Family Medical Leave –  To care for a child (for example, newborn, adoption, foster care) or a family member with a serious medical condition
Up to six months (runs at the same time as any FMLA covered leave)
  • Family Responsibilities  (for example, aging parents, relocating dependent children into schools)
Up to 30 calendar days
Military Leave You are drafted, called to active duty or volunteer for active military service Up to five years or as long as required
Handling Matters Resulting from Domestic or Sexual Violence You need time to handle matters related to domestic or sexual violence in accordance with Chapter 741, F.S. Up to three days in a 12-month period
Other Leaves of Absence You need time off for reasons approved by your agency as long as it will not affect the operations of your work unit Up to 12 months