CSU Family Medical Leave


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Under the  CSU Family Medical Leave Policy (FML) Opens in new window , you may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a new child, or care for a seriously ill spouse, domestic partner, child or parent, or if you suffer a serious health problem. The FML is an unpaid leave. However, you may use your accrued sick leave and/or vacation hours during some, or all of the FML leave period. The CSU FML incorporates both the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) leave entitlements and run concurrently. For example, if you are granted a 30 day paid parental leave, you will be on both a parental leave and family medical leave and those 30 days will be counted against the FML maximum entitlement.

How does FML work? 

  1. The CSU FML 12-week entitlement is calculated on a forward rolling basis within a 12-month period, from the first date the employee's first FML leave begins.  CSU designates FML leave following a 3-5 day absence (according to the employee's bargaining unit), and only the amount of actual leave taken is counted against the maximum entitlement.  CSU FML tracks concurrently with most leave programs except for the California Pregnancy Disability Leave.
  2. 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.
  3. Employees are also entitled to return to their same or an equivalent job at the end of their FML leave.
  4. FML eligibility is determined on a case-by-case basis.


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