It’s important to note that FAMLI differs from the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Three notable differences include:

  • FAMLI is paid leave. FMLA is unpaid, job-protected leave.
  • Employees working for a business of any size are eligible for FAMLI. Employees that work for businesses with 50+ employees qualify for FMLA.
  • Self-employed workers are eligible to voluntarily opt into the FAMLI program. FMLA is available to employees of covered employers only.

FAMLI is designed to run concurrently with FMLA. If FAMLI leave is used for a reason that also qualifies as leave under FMLA, then the leave also counts as FMLA leave. FMLA is managed by the Federal Government, and all questions should be directed to the US Department of Labor.


Infographic comparing FAMLI benefits to FMLA.