Servicemember Family and Medical Leave

The University provides two categories of Servicemember Family Leave:

(1) up to 26 weeks of leave for family members and registered domestic partners caring for military veterans injured while on active duty in the United States Armed Services; and

(2) up to 12 weeks of leave to family members and registered domestic partners of covered servicemembers called up to active duty under certain circumstances defined as “qualifying exigencies”. 

(1)        Servicemember Family Caregiver Leave

When Leave is to Care for an Injured or Ill Servicemember: Eligible employees who provide care to a close family member who is a member of the Armed Forces undergoing outpatient treatment, recuperation or therapy for a serious injury or illness incurred while in the line of duty are entitled to up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave.

(2)        Servicemember Family Exigency Leave

When Leave is Due to a Qualifying Exigency: Eligible employees who have a close family member who is on active duty or is called up to active duty to serve in a military operation and who experiences “any qualifying exigency” are entitled to up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave.

Qualifying Exigency

Examples of qualifying exigencies may include:

(a) A spouse or registered domestic partner of recently deployed servicemember arranging for childcare;

(b) A spouse or registered domestic partner of a servicemember about to go on active duty attending pre-deployment briefing and family support sessions;

(c) Dealing with economic issues and household economics;

(d) Dealing with financial planning that arises as a result of the deployment of an immediate family member;

(e) Making legal or financial arrangements, or other family obligations that arise when family members are on active duty;

An employee eligible for servicemember family leave may elect, or the University may require the employee to substitute accrued paid vacation leave, personal leave, family leave, or medical or sick leave for any part of the 26-week period, except in a situation where the University would not normally provide any such paid leave. 

Combined Leave Total—During the single 12-month period described under servicemember family leave, an eligible employee shall be entitled to a combined total of 26 workweeks of leave under the original reasons for FMLA[1] and Servicemember Family Leave.

Notice For Leave Due to Active Duty of s Family Member

In any case in which the necessity for servicemember family leave is foreseeable, the employee shall provide notice to the University as is reasonable and practical.

Certification Related to Active Duty or Cal to Active Duty

The University requires requests for servicemember family leave be supported by a certification issued by the health care provider of the service member being cared for by the employee.

[1] Birth of a child and in order to care for such child; placement of child for adoption or foster care, to care for covered family member with a serious health condition, or because of an employee’s own serious health condition

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