Leave of Absence
A leave of absence occurs when an employee requests time away from work for any number of reasons: personal, medical, pregnancy disability, military etc.
Family medical leave is the terminology used by University of California campuses and ANR for medically related leaves which includes the Family Medical Leave Act as well as the Pregnancy Disability Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act.
Family Medical Leave
An employee is eligible for FML if he/she has at least 12 months of cumulative University service and has worked 1,250 hours during the 12 months immediately preceding the commencement of the leave. The 1,250 hours must be actual hours worked.
Exception: A female employee qualifies for Pregnancy Disability Leave if she is simply:
Qualifying Reasons for Leave
An employee's own serious health condition, pregnancy related disability, parental leave to bond with the employee’s newborn or foster care child, to care for employee’s family member (child, spouse, same
How can Leave be Taken
In blocks of time, intermittently or by working a reduced schedule.
An eligible employee is generally entitled to 12 workweeks of FML in a calendar year, unless as part of a pregnancy disability, baby bonding or military leave where more time is possible. The entitlement is calculated on a prorated basis.
Leave of Absence Effect on Benefits
ANR’s benefits run through the UC Davis campus Benefits office; they can be contacted by calling (530) 752-1774. An employee’s leave may have a significant impact on their benefits, therefore an employee shall contact the Benefits Office before (a) starting a leave, (b) changing to leave without pay, and (c) returning from leave.
In many circumstances, an employee may be eligible for some type of benefit to assist them during the medical leave. The types of benefits (not an exhaustive list) available are:
Catastrophic Leave – Vacation time donated to support employee on leave
University Paid Disability – Disability benefit accrued through the University
Supplemental Disability – Disability benefit accrued by paying into the system