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Family Care Leave

Family Care Leave

1.     All employees who have completed one (1) year of continuous service for the District shall be entitled to a maximum of six (6) months of unpaid Family Care Leave in a twenty-four (24) month period as provided by law.  Family Care Leave is available for the following reasons:

•   Care of the child of the employee following the birth of that child

•   The placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster/adoption program

•   Serious illness of the child of the employee

•   Care for a parent or spouse who has a serious health condition

•      A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to pe1fo1m the functions of his/her position

2.    The total time provided in Family Care Leave shall include the time provided in Emergency Leave, Disability Pregnancy Leave, Child Rearing Leave and Child Adoption Leave.

3.    If the need for Family Care Leave is foreseeable, the employee shall provide the District with reasonable advance notice of the need for the leave.

4.     If the need is foreseeable due to planned medical treatment, the employee shall make a reasonable effort to schedule the treatment to avoid disruption of work schedule.

5.    Employees shall be entitled to use sick leave accrued annually to attend to the illness of a child, parent, spouse, or domestic partner.  This benefit does not accrue from year to year.

6.     The following time constraints shall apply to Family Care Leave.

       a.    Except for special circumstances approved by the Board of Trustees, the leave must be taken in a consecutive time block rather than intermittent.

       b.     If the employee begins the leave five (5) weeks or less before the end of the semester, the employee will delay his/her return until the beginning of the next semester.

7.     The Family Care Leave does not constitute a break in service for seniority, longevity, tenure, or salary progression.

8.    During the time of the leave, the District will continue to provide health and welfare benefits at the same contribution rate as when the employee is in active status.

9.     The District is entitled to recover the cost of health and welfare benefits if the employee does not return from leave.

10.  Sick leave shall not be earned during the period of unpaid Family Care Leave.