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Classified Employee Family and Medical Leave Regulation

Code No.  414.3R1

A.       School district notice.

          1.   The school district will post the notice in Exhibit 414.3E1 regarding family and medical leave.

          2.   Information on the Family and Medical Leave Act and the board policy on family and medical leave,  including leave provisions and employee  obligations will be provided annually.  The information will be ineach building office.

          3.   When an employee requests family and medical leave, the school district will provide the employee with information listing the employee's obligations and requirements.  Such information will include:

                a.    a statement clarifying whether the leave qualifies as family and medical leave and will, therefore, be credited to the employee's annual
                      12-week entitlement or 26 week entitlement depending on the purpose of the leave;

                b.   a reminder that employees requesting family and medical leave for their serious health condition or for that of an immediate family member must furnish medical certification of the serious health condition and the consequences for failing to do so or proof of call to active duty in the case of military family and medical leave;

                c.    an explanation of the employee's right to substitute paid leave for family and medical leave including a description of when the school district  requires substitution of paid leave and the conditions related to the substitution; and

                d.   a statement notifying employees that they must pay and must make arrangements for paying any premium or other payments to maintain health or other benefits.

B.       Eligible employees.                

                Employees are eligible for family and medical leave if three criteria are met.

 1.   The school district has more than 50 employees on the payroll at the time leave is requested;

 2.   The employee has worked for the school district for at least twelve months or 52 weeks (the months and weeks need not be                                                   consecutive); and,

 3.    The employee has worked at least 1,250 hours within the previous year.  Full-time professional  employees who are exempt from the wage and hour  law may be presumed to have worked the minimum hour requirement.

         If the employee requesting leave is unable to meet the above criteria, the employee is not eligible for family and            medical leave.                

C.             Employee requesting leave -- two types of leave.

        1.     Foreseeable family and medical leave.

                a.      Definition - leave is foreseeable for the birth or placement of an adopted or foster child with the employee or for planned medical  treatment.

                b.     Employee must give at least thirty days notice for foreseeable leave.  Failure to give the notice may result in the leave beginning thirty days after notice was received.  For those taking leave due to military family and medical leave, notice should be given as soon as  possible.

                c.      Employees must consult with the school district prior to scheduling planned medical treatment leave to minimize disruption to the school   district.  The scheduling is subject to the approval of the health care provider.               

        2.     Unforeseeable family and medical leave.

                a.      Definition - leave is unforeseeable in such situations as emergency medical treatment or premature birth.

                b.     Employee must give notice as soon as possible but no later than one to two work days after learning that leave will be necessary.

                c.      A spouse or family member may give the notice if the employee is unable to personally give notice.

D.     Eligible family and medical leave determination.  The school district may require the employee giving notice of the                need for leave to provide  reasonable documentation or a statement of family relationship.

        1.     Six purposes.

                a.      The birth of a son or daughter of the employee and in order to care for that son or daughter prior                           to the first anniversary of the child's birth;

                b.     The placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care and in order to                          care for that son or daughter prior to the first anniversary of the child's placement;

                c.      To care for the spouse, son, daughter or parent of the employee if the spouse, son, daughter or                             parent has a serious  health condition; or

                d.     Employee's serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential                                functions of the  employee's position.

                 e.     because of a qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that an employee’s ___ spouse; ___ son                             or daughter; ___ parent  is on active duty or call to active duty status in support of a contingency                            operation as a member of the National Guard or Reserves.

                                            f.    because the employee is the spouse; ___ son or daughter; ___ parent; ___ next of kin of a                                                   covered service member with a serious injury or illness.

2.     Medical certification. 

                a.      When required:

           (1)    Employees may be required to present medical certification of the employee's serious health                          condition and inability to  perform the essential functions of the job.

          (2)    Employees may be required to present medical certification of the family member's serious                          health condition and that it is  medically necessary for the employee to take leave to care for                        the family member.

          (3) Employees may be required to present certification of the call to active duty when taking military                   family and medical leave.

                b.     Employee's medical certification responsibilities:

          (1)    The employee must obtain the certification from the health care provider who is treating the                          individual with the serious health condition.

          (2)    The school district may require the employee to obtain a second certification by a health care provider chosen by and paid for by the school district if the school district has reason to doubt the validity of the certification an employee submits.  The second health care   provider cannot, however, be employed by the school district on a regular basis.

         (3)    If the second health care provider disagrees with the first health care provider, then the school district may require a third health care provider to certify the serious health condition.  This health care provider must be mutually agreed upon by the employee and the school district and paid for by the school district.  This certification or lack of certification is binding upon both the employee and the school                           district.

                c.      Medical certification will be required fifteen days after family and medical leave begins unless it is                          impracticable to do so. The school district may request recertification every thirty days.                                        Recertification must be submitted within fifteen days of the school district's request.

                d.     Employees taking military caregiver family and medical leave to care for a family service member                         cannot be required to  obtain a second opinion or to provide recertification.               

Family and medical leave requested for the serious health condition of the employee or to care for a family member with a serious health condition which is not supported by medical certification will be denied until such certification is provided.

E.     Entitlement.

        1.     Employees are entitled to twelve weeks unpaid family and medical leave per year.   Employees taking                           military caregiver family and medical leave to care for a family service member are entitled to 26 weeks of                     unpaid family and medical leave but only in a single 12  month period.

       2.      Year is defined as: 

                        -  Fiscal year      

        3.     If insufficient leave is available, the school district may:

                a.      Deny the leave if entitlement is exhausted

                                           b.     Award leave available    

F.     Type of Leave Requested.

        1.     Continuous - employee will not report to work for set number of days or weeks.                                                                                                       

        2.     Intermittent - employee requests family and medical leave for separate periods of time.

                a.      Intermittent leave is available for:

         _____birth of my child or adoption or foster care placement subject to agreement by the district;

          _____serious health condition of myself, parent, or child when medically necessary;

         _____because of a qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that my ___ spouse; ___ son or                    daughter; ___ parent is on   active duty or call to active duty status in support of a                                    contingency operation as a member of the National  Guard or Reserves;

         _____because I am the ___ spouse; ___ son or daughter; ___ parent; ___ next of kin of a                     covered service member with a serious injury or illness.

                b.     In the case of foreseeable intermittent leave, the employee must schedule the leave to minimize disruption to the school district operation.

                c.      During the period of foreseeable intermittent leave, the school district may move the employee to an alternative position with equivalent pay and benefits.  (For instructional employees, see G below.)

        3.     Reduced work schedule - employee requests a reduction in the employee's regular work schedule.

a.      Reduced work schedule family and medical leave is available for:

_____birth of my child or adoption or foster care placement subject to agreement by the district;

_____serious health condition of myself, parent, or child when medically necessary;

­­­_____because of a qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that my ___ spouse; ___ son or            daughter; ___ parent is on active duty or call to active duty status in support of a contingency            operation as a member of the National Guard or Reserves;

_____because I am the ___ spouse; ___ son or daughter; ___ parent; ___ next of kin of a covered            service member with a serious injury or illness.

                b.     In the case of foreseeable reduced work schedule leave, the employee must schedule the leave                           to minimize disruption tothe school district operation.

                c.      During the period of foreseeable reduced work schedule leave, the school district may move the                           employee to analternative position with equivalent pay and benefits.  (For instructional                                         employees, see G below.)

G.     Special Rules for Instructional Employees.

  1. Definition - an instructional employee is one whose principal function is to teach and instruct students in a class, a small group or an individual setting.  This includes, but is not limited to, teachers, coaches, driver's education instructors and special education assistants.
  2.  Instructional employees who request foreseeable medically necessary intermittent or reduced work schedule family and medical leave greater than twenty percent of the work days in the leave period may be required to:

                a.      Take leave for the entire period or periods of the planned medical treatment; or,

                b.     Move to an available alternative position, with equivalent pay and benefits, but not necessarily                             equivalent duties, for  which the employee is qualified.

 3.     Instructional employees who request continuous family and medical leave near the end of a semester may be required to extend the family and medical leave through the end of the semester.  The number of weeks remaining before the end of a semester does not include scheduled school breaks, such as summer, winter or spring break.

                a.      If an instructional employee begins family and medical leave for any purpose more than five weeks before the end of a semester, the   school district may require that the leave be continued until the end of the semester if the leave will last at least three weeks and the employee would return to work during the last three weeks of the semester if the leave was not continued.

                b.     If the employee begins family and medical leave for a purpose other than the employee's own serious health condition during the last five weeks of a semester, the school district may require that the leave be continued until the end of the semester if the leave will last more  than two weeks and the employee would return to work during the last two weeks of the semester.

                                            c.      If the employee begins family and medical leave for a purpose other than the employee's own serious health condition during the last three weeks of the semester and the leave will last more than five working days, the school district may  require the employee to continue taking leave until the end of the semester.

4.      The entire period of leave taken under the special rules is credited as family and medical leave.  The school district will continue to fulfill the school district's family and medical leave responsibilities and obligations, including the obligation to continue the employee's health insurance and other  benefits, if an instructional employee's family and medical leave entitlement ends before the involuntary leave period expires.

H.         Employee responsibilities while on family and medical leave.

        1.     Employee must continue to pay health care benefit contributions or other benefit contributions regularly paid by the employee unless employee elects not to continue the benefits.

        2.     The employee contribution payments will be deducted from any money owed to the employee or the employee will reimburse the school district at a  time set by the superintendent.

        3.     An employee who fails to make the health care contribution payments within thirty days after they are due will be notified that their coverage may be  canceled if payment is not received within an additional 15 days.

        4.     An employee may be asked to re-certify the medical necessity of family and medical leave for the serious medical condition of an employee or family member once every thirty days and return the certification within fifteen days of the request.   

        5.     The employee must notify the school district of the employee's intent to return to work at least once each month during their leave and at least two weeks prior to the conclusion of the family and medical leave.

        6.     If an employee intends not to return to work, the employee must immediately notify the school district, in writing, of the employee's intent not to return.  The school district will cease benefits upon receipt of this notification.

I.      Use of paid leave for family and medical leave.

        An employee may substitute unpaid family and medical leave with appropriate paid leave available to the employee under board policy, individual contracts or the collective bargaining agreement.  Paid leave includes, but is not limited to, sick leave, family illness leave, vacation, personal leave, bereavement leave and professional leave.  When the school district determines that paid leave is being taken for an FMLA reason, the school district will notify the employee within two business days that the paid leave will be counted as FMLA leave.

 

         

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