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Leaves of Absence

A variety of paid and unpaid leave programs are available to staff members at California State University, Long Beach. If an employee is absent from work without pay beyond 5 days, Staff Human Resources should be contacted. A Staff Leave of Absence Request form should be completed, approved by the appropriate administrators, and submitted to Staff Human Resources. Leaves of absence are facilitated by Staff Human Resources in conjunction with Payroll and Benefit Services.

Unpaid Leaves of Absence

A leave of absence without pay grants a full leave or partial leave for up to one year. A leave without pay applies to all eligible full-time temporary, probationary, and permanent staff employees and part-time employees who have permanent status. An approved leave without pay provides the employee the right to return to a position in his/her former classification. A leave without pay may be granted for various reasons, including:

  • Extended sick leave
  • Family leave including childbirth, adoption, or serious health condition of a family member
  • Educational leave
  • Professional leave
  • Other satisfactory reasons

Catastrophic Leave Donation Program

The Catastrophic Leave Donation Program provides employees the opportunity to donate sick and/or vacation leave credits to other employees who have requested assistance due to a catastrophic illness or injury. A catastrophic illness/injury is one that has totally incapacitated the employee from work. A catastrophic illness/injury may also apply to the employee’s immediate family if the employee is required to care for the family member.

To be eligible, the employee must have exhausted all of his/her own accrued leave credits. If the illness/injury pertains to the employee, the employee must apply for Non-Industrial Disability Insurance (NDI). To apply for Catastrophic Leave donations, the employee should submit a request to the Director of Staff Human Resources which includes a physician’s statement indicating that the illness/injury is catastrophic and the anticipated length of absence from work.

Once approved, notices are sent to campus employees requesting leave donations. The Payroll Office transfers donated leave credits in the order in which they are received. The maximum amount of hours that can be donated varies according to the guidelines outlined in donating employee’s collective bargaining agreement.

Family Medical Leave

The Family Medical Leave (FML) grants up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12-month period to eligible employees. FML may be used for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of an employee’s child. It may also be used while an employee is off work because of a serious illness, or to care for a seriously ill family member. While on an approved FML, the CSU pays its portion of health, dental, and vision premiums; the employee is responsible for his/her portion of the premium. Employees are eligible to apply for FML after one year of employment.

To apply, an employee must submit the FML Request Form to Staff Human Resources. Medical certification must also be provided. An employee requesting FML for self must exhaust all sick and vacation credits and personal holiday. Employees requesting FML to care for a family member must exhaust all vacation credits and personal holiday.

An approved Family Medical Leave assures the employee of the right to return to his/her former classification upon returning to work status.

Parental Leave (formerly called Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leave)

Parental Leave is a paid leave of up to 30 working days (20 days for Unit 1 employees), associated with the birth of an employee’s child or the placement of a child with the employee through adoption or foster care. Parental leave is in addition to available sick and vacation leave. Health benefits will continue while an employee is on a paid Parental Leave. Vacation and sick leave credits will continue to accrue during paid Parental Leave.