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definition of “extended leave”

What is the definition of “extended leave” under FMLA both for continuous and intermittent leave?

Extended leave is not a term that is used in the FMLA statute or regulations. From the point of view of federal law, there is no difference between FMLA that lasts for two hours and FMLA that lasts for 12 weeks.

There is no provision under FMLA for longer leave than 12 weeks, unless a member of the military or their family is involved. In that case, FMLA can last as long as 26 weeks — but the federal Department of Labor still does not refer to that as extended leave.

It sounds like this phrase is specific to your particular employer. We would have to know how it is used in contact to understand what the employer means. (In some cases, the employer may refer to extending FMLA when they merely mean that the employee has been approved for FMLA.)  

A few employers offer unpaid leave beyond the 12 weeks required under FMLA, and may call that extended leave.

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