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Hawaii Leave of Absence (FMLA): What you need to know

Hawaii offers FML protections to public and private employers under its Family and Medical Leave Act (HI Rev. Stat. Sec. 398-1et seq.).
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The Hawaii Family Leave Act covers public and private employers with 100 or more employees for each working day during each of 20 or more calendar weeks in the current or preceding calendar year. Public employers and private employers with fewer than 100 employees may have obligations under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
There is additional information on the FMLA.
In order to be eligible for family leave, the employee must be employed for not less than 6 consecutive months by the employer.
An employee must be entitled to a family leave upon the birth or adoption of a child; to care for the employee's child, spouse, or reciprocal beneficiary; or parent with a serious health condition.
This law, unlike the federal FMLA, does not entitle eligible employees to a medical leave due to an employee's own serious health condition.
A “child” means a biological, step, adopted, or foster child of an employee.
A “parent” is defined more broadly under the state statute than under the federal FMLA. “Parent” includes a biological, foster, adoptive, stepparent, legal guardian, parent-in-law, grandparent, or grandparent-in-law.
A "reciprocal beneficiary" is defined as two adults who are parties to a valid reciprocal beneficiary relationship. The requirements are: (1) each of the parties is at least 18 years of age; (2) neither is married or a party to another reciprocal beneficiary relationship; (3) the parties are legally prohibited from marrying each other; (4) voluntary ...

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