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UCPEA Leave Type: Family Illness

Job Protection and Benefit Continuation

Federal FMLA

  • Eligible after one year of employment and after working 1,250 hours or more in previous 12-months
  • Up to 12 weeks of leave during 12-month FMLA period
  • May be taken intermittently or on a reduced schedule
  • Includes serious health conditions for:
    • Children under age 18
    • Children 18 and over only if incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability
    • Spouse
    • Parent
  • Continued eligibility for state contributions toward health insurance (directly billed as needed)

CT State Statute 5-248a

  • Eligible as a permanent employee as defined in CT State Statute 5-196(20)
  • Up to 24 weeks of unpaid leave within a two-year period  (leave must be for more than 5 days)
  • Cannot be taken intermittently or on a reduced schedule
  • Includes serious illnesses for:
    • Children under age 18
    • Children 18 and over only if incapable of self-care because of a mental or physical disability
    • Spouse, including parties to a civil union
    • Parent
  • Continued eligibility for state contributions toward health insurance (directly billed as needed)

Children under both Federal FMLA and CT State Statute include biological, adopted, foster and step children, and children of whom a person has legal guardianship or custody.

Note:  Leaves for employees with end date positions will not be extended beyond the end date.

How the Leave is Paid

Leaves related to family illness are paid for up to a maximum of 10 days using regular sick time, or if none available, using prior sick time.  Thereafter, the leave is unpaid unless any of the following optional time is applied:

  • Vacation
  • Personal leave
  • Holidays worked
  • Compensatory time

Forms

Employee Request
Intent to Return to Work
Medical Certification (P-33B)

Time Coding During the Leave
Time Coding instructions are provided to employees and their supervisors by the Leave Administrator.

Policy References

Understanding Family and Medical Leave (A primer for Connecticut State Employees)
Federal Family and Medical Leave Act
Federal Family and Medical Leave Act in Spanish
U.S. Dept. of Labor Employee’s Guide to FMLA
Connecticut Statute
C.G.S. 5-248a
C.G.S. 5-196(20)
Statewide Family and Medical Leave Policy
UCPEA Contract Article 6 Vacation Leave
Article 8 Holidays
Article 9 Personal Leave
Article 11 Sick Leave
Article 15.4 Leaves Without Pay
Article 18 Compensatory Time

Human Resources Contact

Cindy Drost
Telephone: (860) 486-2432
Fax: (860) 486-0406