The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) entitles eligible university employees to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave per year for specified family and medical reasons.
Employees of all job classifications, including student employees, are eligible for Family Medical Leave (FML) if they have worked at UNLV for a total of 12 months and worked at least 1,250 hours (roughly 24 hours per week) during the 12 months preceding the requested leave date.
Employment includes appointments at any NSHE campus, regardless of any breaks in service. National Guard and reserve military duty also count toward the 12-month eligibility requirement.
Reasons for Taking Leave
According to the federal government, employees may take FMLA leave for the following reasons:
The birth of a child or placement of a child for adoption or in foster care
Bonding with a child within one year of child’s birth or adoption
A serious, qualifying health condition that makes the employee unable to perform one or more essential functions of their job
To care for a spouse, child, registered domestic partner, or parent with a qualifying health condition
Qualifying exigencies related to foreign deployment of a military member who is the employee’s spouse, child, or parent
Service Member Care Leave (SMCL) for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness, if the employee is the spouse, registered domestic partner, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of the service member
An employee does not need to use leave in one block. When it is medically necessary or otherwise permitted, employees may take leave intermittently or on a reduced schedule.
Leave of Absence Request Forms
To request leave, employees must complete the forms that correspond to their specific for the leave type:
Employees must provide 30 days’ advance notice for foreseeable leave. When 30 days’ notice is not possible, the employee must give notice to the employer by the next business day after they learn of the need for leave, unless impracticable to do so.
Inform your supervisor and the UNLV benefits team of the need to take family medical leave.
Obtain and complete the necessary leave of absence forms (located above) based on the leave type you request:
Complete the Department of Labor medical leave of absence request form and submit to the Absence Coordinator for review.
You or your family member must complete the Certification of Healthcare Provider (CHCP) form and submit it directly to UNLV benefits prior to the 15 calendar day deadline indicated on your Notice of Eligibility.
Once your leave is approved, review the designation notice provided to you by the benefits team, and begin taking your leave (or continue leave if you are already out of the office). Please follow these guidelines:
Comply with all normal call-in procedures and notify your department if the absence is related to your FMLA leave
Keep in contact with your department and the benefits team should the dates of your leave change
Do not discuss any medical information with your department
If you are on medical leave, do not perform any work, including responding to email or work-related phone calls
Report any time taken under FMLA to your department/supervisor
The benefits team will instruct you how to manage time off in Workday.
Returning to Work
Employees should contact the benefits office and their supervisor to arrange for a return to work. At least two (2) days advance notice may be required to return to active status.
Medical benefits continue while employees are on approved FMLA leave. Employees are responsible for their portion of their health insurance premiums, which will be deducted during paid status. Contact benefits at 702-895-3504 to make arrangements to cover premiums during unpaid status.
FMLA Resources for Supervisors
UNLV is committed to providing resources to help supervisors support their employees' request for family medical leave. The benefits team put together a guide to walk supervisors through the FMLA process along with a document providing transparency in Human Resources’ role in processing requests.