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The Alaska Family Leave Act (AFLA) and the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allow eligible employees to take a leave of absence for specified family and medical reasons and continue group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.

The AFLA provides a job-protected absence for up to 18 weeks in a 24-month period to eligible employees for a qualifying serious medical condition. It also provides a job-protected absence for up to 18 weeks in a 12-month period to eligible employees for pregnancy, childbirth or adoption.

The FMLA allows eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period. Visit the US Department of Labor for details.

ASEA Health Trust Benefits

  • Learn how your Health Trust benefits work with the FMLA. See the FMLA section of the Health Trust website.

State Of Alaska Retirment & Employee

NOTE: Trust benefits are separate from those offered through the State of Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits.

  • Learn about your rights under the Alaska Family Leave Act (AFLA). The Family Leave page of the State’s website provides a detailed description of the policy and regulations.
  • Obtain a Family Leave Packet from the Division of Personnel. The Family Leave Packet includes instructions and forms required to request a Family Leave. Submit a request to take Family Leave at least 30 days in advance (when possible).

ASEA/AFSCME Local 52 Union

  • Learn about Leave programs that can help union members in extreme situations. Emergency Leave helps in major medical situations and the Catastrophic Leave Bank sustains health coverage for GGU members who have exhausted all annual and sick, personal leave, individual medical bank leave and all donated leave.

Additional Resources

  • Get valuable resources from Lifeworks to help you plan your Leave. The Health Trust’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides free information. Go to Lifeworks, enter User ID: asea; Password: eap, then type “FMLA” in the search box to access articles that can help you understand the FMLA.

 

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