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3.1.12 Federal Family and Medical Leave

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

Employees of Illinois State University may take up to twelve (12) weeks of paid/unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons. Employees are eligible for this leave if they have worked at Illinois State University for at least one year and have worked at least 1250 hours during the previous 12 months. All approved requests for Extended Illness Leave will count toward the 12-week limit if the employee qualifies for an FMLA leave.

Reasons for Taking Leave

A leave will be granted for any one, or more, of the following reasons:

  1. To care for a newborn child after birth or for placement for adoption or foster care;
  2. To care for the spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent with a serious health condition; or
  3. For a serious health condition that does not allow the employee to perform the duties of his/her job.

Intermittent Leave

Although most leaves will be continuous, some leaves may require intermittent leave or a shortened work day to adapt to the need. If you have earned sick time available, it must be used first and will count toward the 12-week limit. If your sick time is exhausted, you may elect to use accrued compensatory or vacation time.

Advance Notice

You must notify your immediate supervisor and the Customer Service Center (Nelson Smith Building, Room 101, 438-8311) at least 30 days before you want to go on leave under the FMLA. If 30 days notice is not possible, then notification must be as soon as possible. In case of a personal serious medical condition, you will be expected to provide written documentation to support the absence as soon as possible, but no later than 15 calendar days following the FMLA request date.

Protection of your Job and Benefits

1) While you are on an unpaid FMLA leave, Illinois State University will continue your insurance program as it exists just prior to your leave and will bill you for your normal payroll deduction amounts. 2) When you return from FMLA leave, you will be restored to your original or equivalent position with equivalent pay, benefits, and other terms of employment. 3) If you use FMLA leave, you will not lose any employment benefit that accrued prior to the start of your leave. 4) You will not accrue benefits while on unpaid FMLA leave. You will accrue benefits while using earned sick or vacation time.

For Additional Information and to Apply for FMLA Leave

Visit the Human Resources Customer Service Center or call 438-8311. You will be asked to complete a formal application for an FMLA leave. If required, you will be given medical certification forms to complete and return.

Your Rights

If you feel that your rights have been denied, forward your appeal to the Director, Human Resources.

Initiating body: Office of Human Resources

Contact: Benefits Counselor (309-438-8311)

Revised on: 08/1999

2018-01-29T14:20:42.413-06:00 2018