U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Dot gov

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.


Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock () or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


  1. Home
  2. Hr
  3. Employees
  4. Leave
  5. Fmla

Was this page helpful?

Equivalent Position

An equivalent position is one that offers the same:

  • Pay
  • Benefits
  • Status
  • Other terms and conditions of employment
  • Requires the same skill, effort, responsibility and authority 

When you return to from a period of FMLA absence you will also retain any special salary rate or locality rate applicable to the position occupied before your FMLA leave began. The following must also be the same:

  • Appointment type
  • Tenure
  • Work schedule
  • Commuting distance
  • Potential for promotion, training, bonuses, awards, and premium pay must also be the same