Caregiver Leaves (Family Illness)

Family illness leaves occur when an employee is away from work for a block of time or requires intermittent or reduced schedule leave. Employees at the University of Connecticut who meet the qualifying requirements may be eligible for state FMLA , federal FMLA leave and/or.SEBAC Supplemental leave.

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, including parent-in-law under State FMLA.

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

Factors impacting leaves vary by employment type (i.e., bargaining unit), and the University encourages employees to review all applicable information below, within collective bargaining agreements and applicable policies, and contact Human Resources as early as possible.

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

Caregiver leaves are unpaid for Faculty titles.

Academic Assistants, Research Assistants, Research Associates and Facilities Scientists can use the following paid time entitlements toward an unpaid caregiver leave:

  • Vacation;
  • Personal leave; and/or
  • Holidays worked.

Tenure Track Extension

Tenure-track faculty members with a qualified FMLA leave will receive an automatic one-year extension of the tenure clock, to a maximum of two extensions.
Tenure Clock Adjustment Procedure

Tenure-track faculty members with a qualified FMLA leave will receive an automatic one-year extension of the tenure clock, to a maximum of two extensions.
Tenure Track Adjustment Stop Clock
Statewide Family and Medical Leave Policy
University By-Laws - Article XIV.C.4
AAUP Contract
Article 13.6 - Academic Assistants and Facilities Scientists
Article 19.6.I - Family/Medical Leave
Article 24.2 - Benefits (Research Assistants and Research Associates)
Suzanne Rogoz
Telephone: (860) 486-0398
Fax: (860) 486-0406

When on an approved caregiver leave under Federal FMLA or State FMLA leave may use any amount of your own sick leave during such Federal FMLA, State FMLA leave, and SEBAC supplemental leave.

May also use:

  • Vacation
  • Personal leave
  • Holidays worked
  • Compensatory time

An employee who is ineligible for leave under Federal or State FMLA cannot use his or her sick leave, other than the contractual “sick family leave,” while taking SEBAC supplemental leave for caregiving purposes.

HR Leave Administrators provide Time Coding instructions to employees and their supervisors.
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
Cindy Drost
Telephone: (860) 486-2432
Fax: (860) 486-0406

Caregiver leaves are unpaid for Faculty titles.

Academic Assistants, Research Assistants, Research Associates and Facilities Scientists can use the following paid time entitlements toward an unpaid caregiver leave.

  • Vacation
  • Personal leave
  • Holidays
Suzanne Rogoz
Telephone: (860) 486-0398
Fax: (860) 486-0406

When on an approved caregiver leave under Federal FMLA or State FMLA leave, employees may use any amount of their own sick leave during such Federal FMLA, State FMLA leave, and SEBAC supplemental leave.

May also use:

  • Vacation
  • Personal leave;
  • Holidays worked; and/or
  • Compensatory time

An employee who is ineligible for leave under FMLA or State FMLA cannot use his or her sick leave, other than the contractual “sick family leave,” while taking SEBAC supplemental leave for caregiving purposes.

HR Leave Administrators provide Time Coding instructions to employees and their supervisors.
Cindy Drost
Telephone: (860) 486-2432
Fax: (860) 486-0406

When on an approved caregiver leave under Federal FMLA or State FMLA leave, employees may use any amount of their own sick leave during such Federal FMLA, State FMLA leave, and SEBAC supplemental leave.

Employees may also use:

  • Vacation;
  • Personal leave;
  • Holidays worked

An employee who is ineligible for leave under FMLA or State FMLA cannot use his or her sick leave, other than the contractual “sick family leave,” while taking SEBAC supplemental leave for caregiving purposes.

HR Leave Administrators provide Time Coding instructions to employees and their supervisors.
NP-2 Contract
Article 28 - Vacation
Article 29 - Sick Leave
Article 30 - Personal Leave
Article 33 - Holidays
Megan Stimson
Telephone: (860) 486-0408
Fax: (860) 486-0406

When on an approved caregiver leave under Federal FMLA or State FMLA leave, employees may use any amount of their own sick leave during such Federal FMLA, State FMLA leave, and SEBAC supplemental leave.

Employees may also use:

  • Vacation;
  • Personal leave;
  • Holidays worked

An employee who is ineligible for leave under FMLA or State FMLA cannot use his or her sick leave, other than the contractual “sick family leave,” while taking SEBAC supplemental leave for caregiving purposes.

HR Leave Administrators provide Time Coding instructions to employees and their supervisors.
NP-3 Contract
Article 29 - Holidays
Article 30 - Vacations and Personal Leave
Article 31 – Sick Leave
Suzanne Rogoz
Telephone: (860) 486-0398
Fax: (860) 486-0406

When on an approved caregiver leave under Federal FMLA or State FMLA leave, employees may use any amount of their own sick leave during such Federal FMLA, State FMLA leave, and SEBAC supplemental leave.

Employees may also use:

  • Vacation;
  • Personal leave;
  • Holidays worked

An employee who is ineligible for leave under FMLA or State FMLA cannot use his or her sick leave, other than the contractual “sick family leave,” while taking SEBAC supplemental leave for caregiving purposes.

HR Leave Administrators provide Time Coding instructions to employees and their supervisors.
P-2 Contract
Article 27 - Holidays
Article 28 – Vacations
Article 29 – Sick Leave
Article 30 - Personal Leave
Suzanne Rogoz
Telephone: (860) 486-0398
Fax: (860) 486-0406

Employees may use up to 3 sick days per calendar year toward a family illness, if available. Optional paid time that can be applied to the leave:
  • Personal leave;
  • Vacation; and/or
  • Earned Holidays
Time Coding instructions are provided to employees and their supervisors by the Leave Administrator.
NP-5 Contract
Article 25 - Holidays
Article 27 - Vacations
Article 28 - Sick Leave
Article 29 - Personal Leave
Cindy Drost
Telephone: (860) 486-2432
Fax: (860) 486-0406

Complete Employee Request and Intent to Return to Work forms below to initiate the leave process. Return forms to your HR Leave Administrator (email preferred).

Using sick leave entitlements.

Optional paid time that can be applied to the leave:

  • Personal Leave
  • Vacation
  • Holidays
Suzanne Rogoz
Telephone: (860) 486-0398
Fax: (860) 486-0406

 

Under Federal FMLA

  • Employees are eligible after one year of employment and after working 1,250 hours or more in previous 12-months.
  • Upon eligibility, employees are entitled to up to 12 weeks of leave during 12-month FMLA period.
  • Employees remain eligible for state contributions toward health insurance (directly billed as needed).

Under State FMLA

  • Employees are eligible after 12 months of state service and after working 1,000 hours or more in previous 12-months.
  • Upon eligibility, employees are entitled to up to 16 weeks of leave within a two-year period.
  • Employees remain eligible for state contributions toward health insurance (directly billed as needed).

Under SEBAC Supplemental Leave

  • Eligible as a permanent employee as defined in CT General Statute 5-196(19).
  • Begins after the exhaustion of Federal FMLA and/or State FMLA1 leave.
  • Block leave only.
  • Up to 24 weeks of leave in a two- year period.
  • Continued eligibility for state contributions toward health insurance (directly billed as needed).

How to Apply for a Caregiver Leave

Complete Employee Request and Intent to Return to Work forms to initiate the leave process. Return (email preferred) forms to your HR Leave Administrator (Leave Administrators are identified within the sections below).