Family Medical Leave Act

DHRM Policy 4.20 – Family and Medical Leave

The University complies with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) in providing leave with or without pay to eligible employees for situations defined in that Act. State policies and procedures apply to many situations covered by FMLA. Because FMLA is a designation rather than a separate type of leave, a full- time or part-time classified employee may also use other kinds of leave while in FMLA leave status.

All full-time and part-time classified, restricted and wage and other supplemental part-time employees who have been employed by the Commonwealth for a total of at least 12 months in the past seven years and have worked for at least 1,250 hours in the previous 12-month period are eligible. Eligibility determinations are made as of the date that the family and medical leave is to begin and FMLA provides reemployment rights to employees under certain conditions. An eligible full- time employee on FML continues to receive the state contribution to health insurance.  Full-time and part-time classified employees may use up to 33% of their traditional sick leave or available VSDP sick leave to cover absences for family illness or disability covered by FMLA. The University requires the use of paid leave before unpaid leave is approved for FMLA purposes.  Contact the Benefits Administrator for detailed information.