The CSU Family Medical Leave (FML) provides eligible employees up to twelve (12) weeks leave to care for self or eligible family members. The CSU FML incorporates both the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) leave entitlements.
The CSU FML 12 week entitlement is calculated on a forward rolling basis, within a 12-month period, from the date the employee's FML leave begins. CSU FML tracks concurrently with most leave programs except the California Pregnancy Disability Leave.
CSU FML is available to eligible employees who become seriously ill; need to care for a newborn or a child placed in the home through adoption or foster care; or need to be away from work to care for a seriously ill family member. Eligible family members under CSU FML include a child, parent, spouse or a registered domestic partner.
Employees requesting CSU FML for self are required to exhaust existing sick leave, vacation, personal holiday and CTO prior to being placed on unpaid FML. (Treatment of vacation for represented employees may differ. Please refer to the appropriate collective bargaining agreement.)
Employees requesting FML to care for an eligible family member must exhaust existing vacation, personal holiday and CTO. Existing sick leave credits may be used by mutual agreement as defined in the CSU leave policy and appropriate collective bargaining agreement.
While on paid CSU FML, benefit premiums, including health, dental, vision, group life and long term disability continue to be paid by the CSU without a lapse in coverage. During periods of unpaid CSU FML, only health, dental and vision premiums will continue to be paid by the CSU.
The following legislation is incorporated into the CSU FML leave:
- Family Medical Leave Act -
29 United States Code, Sections 2601 et seq;
- California Family Rights Act -
California Government Code §§12945.1,.2 and 19702.3; and
- California Code of Regulations, Title 2, Division 4, §§7297 et seq