Faculty Rights Tip of the Week: Family Medical Leave

Articles 22 and 24 of our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) cover Family Medical Leave and sick leave.

Sometimes, faculty members develop serious illnesses or need to care for family members with serious medical conditions and need to take time away from the University.

Article 22.9 states: “Family care and medical leave shall refer to a leave for reason of the birth of a child of the employee, the placement of a child with an employee in connection with the adoption or foster care of the child by the employee, to care for a child, parent, spouse or domestic partner of the employee who has a serious health condition, or for the employee’s own serious health condition.” Faculty members are eligible to take up to 12 weeks of family care or medical leave in a 12-month period as long as they have at least 12 months or two (2) semesters or three (3) quarters of service.

During any period of leave, the University shall continue to pay its share of medical benefits for the affected faculty member upon the request of the faculty member. Upon agreement with the University, faculty members may use sick leave to continue to receive pay during a family or medical leave, but if they don’t have enough sick leave, they may take any portion of it as unpaid leave. 

Faculty members who have advanced 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. 

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