Eligible faculty may
take paid time off to care for a sick family member (see description of
covered family members and leave reasons under "Qualifying Leave
Reasons" and "Definitions"). The following is a summary of both the
University's and the employee's rights and obligations under the Family
In order to be eligible
for paid leave under the Family Care policy, faculty must be classified
as a regular employee at .5 FTE or above.
According to the Faculty
Handbook Sections 126.96.36.199, 13.1 and 13.1.2, faculty members who experience
personal illness or "some other emergency reason" are allowed
up to five business days of paid time off. This period of time off is
considered "other paid time off" under the Washington Family
Care Rules and is subject to its provisions.
Family medical leave
allows eligible employees to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid
time off for specified family and medical reasons. Family medical leave
may run concurrent with paid time off that is taken for Family Care. Please
see the University's Family Medical Leave
policy for further information.
A leave is qualified
(see "Definitions" below for additional information) when an employee
is required to care for a child of the employee with a health condition
or a spouse, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent of the employee who
has a serious health condition or emergency condition.
condition: A health condition that is a sudden, generally
unexpected occurrence or set of circumstances related to one's health
demanding immediate action, and is typically very short term in nature.
That Requires Treatment or Supervision:
(a) Any medical
condition requiring treatment or medication that the child cannot
(b) Any medical
or mental health condition that would endanger the child's safety
or recovery without the presence of a parent or guardian; or
(c) Any condition
warranting treatment or preventive health care such as physical, dental,
optical or immunization services, when a parent must be present to
authorize and when sick leave may otherwise be used for the employee's
preventive health care.
of self-care: When the individual requires active assistance
or supervision to provide daily self-care in several of the "activities
of daily living" (ADL) or "instrumental activities of daily living"
(IADL). Activities of daily living include adaptive activities such
as caring appropriately for one's grooming and hygiene, bathing, dressing
and eating. Instrumental activities of daily living include cooking,
cleaning, shopping, taking public transportation, paying bills, maintaining
a residence, using telephones and directories, using a post office,
mental disability: means a physical or mental impairment that
limits one or more activities of daily living or instrumental activities
of daily living.
Condition: An illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental
condition that involves any period of incapacity or treatment connected
with inpatient care (i.e., an overnight stay) in a hospital, hospice,
or residential medical care facility, and any period of incapacity or
subsequent treatment or recovery in connection with such inpatient care;
or that involves continuing treatment by or under the supervision of
a health care provider or a provider of health care services and which
includes any period of incapacity (i.e., inability to work, attend school
or perform other regular daily activities).
A biological, adopted, or foster child, a stepchild, a legal ward, or
a child of a person standing in loco parentis, who is under 18 years
of age or 18 years of age or older and incapable of self-care because
of a mental or physical disability.
A parent of a parent of an employee.
The biological parent of an employee or an individual who stands
or stood in loco parentis to an employee when the employee was a child.
A parent of the spouse of an employee.
A husband or wife.
from a health care provider may be required in order to determine the
applicability of this policy. Failure to provide such certification may
result in the non payment of Family Care leave.
A poster has been
placed in the Office of Human Resources which includes further details
regarding eligibility and other requirements of the law. Additional information
can be obtained by contacting the Office of Human Resources.