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FMLA eligible faculty and staff may receive up to 480 hours of protected leave time during any 52 week period.
Family and Medical Leave is "protected time," which means that eligible faculty or staff members on leave will not lose their position, suffer a demotion, or have a decrease in salary because of using Family and Medical Leave.
Baylor reduces the amount of eligible FMLA granted by any previously used weeks in the prior 12 month period. Faculty and staff granted FMLA must use available paid leave benefits: paid parental leave and accrued vacation and sick after which remaining FMLA will be a non-compensated leave of absence.
Adoption of a child, and care for the adopted child within one year of placement
Birth or Care for a Child
Birth of a child, or care for a newborn within one year of birth
Available to qualified employees with eligible family members in the Armed Forces
Care for a Family Member
Care for a qualifying family member with a serious health condition
Care for an Active Duty Military Member
Qualified spouse, child, or parent is a military member on covered active duty
Placement of a child into foster care of a faculty or staff member's home
A serious health condition is an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves either:
A faculty or staff member's serious health condition is based on:
FMLA may be taken intermittently when medically necessary for one's own, or an immediate family member's, serious health condition. With approval from a supervisor, a birth mother may use reduced schedule and intermittent FMLA to transition back to a full-time schedule.
For spouses who work for the same employer, some FMLA-eligible reasons for leave are subject to a combined limitation. Faculty and staff with spouses working for Baylor are limited to a combined 12 weeks for the following reasons:
Tenure-track faculty members may receive or request an extension of the time limit for tenure review. See the Tenure Policy (BU-PP 704), Sections III (F).
If faculty or staff elect to continue benefits while on FMLA leave, they will still be required to pay benefit contributions. If they elect to cancel benefits while on FMLA leave, they must notify HR. After FMLA leave ends, the faculty or staff member has 30 days to reinstate coverage.
Baylor reduces the amount of eligible FMLA granted by any previously used weeks in the prior 12 month period. Faculty and staff granted FMLA must use available paid leave benefits: paid parental leave and accrued sick and vacation after which remaining FMLA will be a non-compensated leave of absence.
A faculty or staff member may take FMLA prior to the adoption or placement of a child for adoption or foster care if required. Employees may need to:
Documentation by the court is required for foster care of adoption cases.
Baylor will notify the faculty or staff member of the eligibility of FMLA leave within five (5) business days after the FMLA Request and Action Form and Certification of Health Care Provider Form are reviewed.
30 day written notice to the supervisor is required to determine the start of the leave period. If notice is not foreseen, notify as soon as possible.
Notice from a health care provider is needed for care of a newborn.
30 day written notice to the supervisor is required to determine the start of the leave period, or minimally within 2 working days of learning of the need to take leave.
If caring for an eligible family member with a serious health condition, a health care provider’s statement must be provided to the supervisor with an estimation for the amount of leave required for care.
Provide update every 30 days regarding status and intent to return to work upon conclusion of leave.
A return-to-work certification from a healthcare provider is required.
'Lifetime' conditions may be re-certified a minimum of every six months, or earlier if circumstances have changed (questionable continuous Monday or Friday absences, increase in time missed, etc.)
'Unknown' duration conditions may be recertified a minimum of every 30 days, or earlier if circumstances have changed.