Faculty Rights Tip: Leaves at Reduced Pay Will Impact Retirement

Sometimes, we need to take time away from the University to care for an ill family member.  

Faculty members with seriously ill parents, children, spouses, or domestic partners have the right to take a leave of absence of up to 12 weeks to care for their eligible family member.  

The faculty member may use sick leave to cover the leave of absence (with the agreement of the administration) or take the leave of absence unpaid.  To be eligible for family leave, a faculty member must have been employed for at least 12 months, two semesters, or three quarters.  

Faculty members without enough sick leave credits may be eligible for catastrophic leave donations. During the period of family leave, the University shall continue to pay its share of medical benefits for the affected faculty member upon the request of the faculty member. 

Faculty members who have advance knowledge of a need to use family leave should notify the University at least 14 days in advance of the leave, but in cases of emergency, family members only need to notify the University within the first five days of the required leave.

If 12 weeks of leave is not enough time to meet your needs, please work with the appropriate Human Resources personnel on your campus to extend the leave and consult with your faculty rights representative

You can read the relevant contract provisions in Article 22 and Article 24 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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