The accrual rate for disability/sick leave is 8 hours per month, and does not increase with longevity.
Because of the U.S. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), if postdoctoral fellows have worked at UTMB for 12 months or more, their positions must be saved for twelve (12) weeks click here for details. For maternity/family leave, postdocs must use paid vacation leave and disability leave before taking unpaid leave, up to 12 weeks.
Postdocs should provide a written request to the mentor at least thirty (30) days before anticipated start of leave or as soon as possible under unforeseen circumstances. A statement from the health care provider is required for birth and care of a newborn child and appropriate court documents are required for foster care placement or adoption of a child. Departmental business administrators can provide the necessary forms to complete. Family Medical Leave Act time off is permitted for care of a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent with a serious health condition.
During unpaid leave, postdocs may continue health and other insurance participation but must make arrangements to directly pay their share of the contributions; retirement contributions cannot be made.