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Family and Medical Leave (FML)


Under federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and CSU FML policy, employees with at least 12 months of service are eligible for a leave of up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period for the following reasons:

  • To care for a child after birth or placement with the employee for adoption or foster care.
  • To care for the employee's spouse, domestic partner, child or parent who has a serious health condition.
  • If the employee is unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job due to a serious health condition.

Family medical leave is without pay; however, employees must exhaust their personal holiday and any accumulated vacation or compensatory time off prior to beginning unpaid leave. The use of sick leave credits to care for a family member may be used if mutually agreed upon by the employee and supervisor.

  • To initiate a Family Medical Leave, complete the Leave of Absence Request Form (.pdf) and return to Vivian Dea (be sure to check the box for Family Medical Leave).
  • For FML related to illness or injury medical certification (.pdf) is required within 15 days of the leave request. This does not apply to childbirth after pregnancy disability leave.
  • Leave begins after the employee has requested and is granted FML, or after CO notifies the employee that it is designating time off as FML.
  • During unpaid FML, CSU continues to pay its normal portion of medical, dental and vision premiums.
  • Employees on FML have the right to return to the same or an equivalent position.

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Last Updated: September 29, 2014