FMLA & Sick Leave Pool Requests

Family and Medical Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) offers eligible employees up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a rolling 12-month period for a personal health condition; the serious health condition of a spouse, child or parent; and/or the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child.

FMLA ensures you will be reinstated into the same job or one with substantially similar pay, duties and working conditions at the conclusion of your leave. Click here for details about UTMB’s FMLA Policy. You may also refer to the U.S. Department of Labor Wage and Hour Division for additional FMLA information.

Contact:       (409) 747-4645

Military Family Leave

You may be eligible for Military Family Leave under FMLA if you have a spouse, child or parent who is on active duty or has been called to active duty status. You also may be entitled to up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave in a single 12-month period if you are the primary care giver of a covered servicemember who has been injured while on active duty.

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Sick Leave Pool

UTMB’s Sick Leave Pool provides benefits-eligible employees with a source for additional paid leave if they have exhausted all accrued leave time due to a catastrophic illness or injury. Withdrawals from the pool are considered on an individual basis and are intended to cover lost time until the employee is reasonably able to return to work in some capacity.

Donating Accrued Hours to the Sick Leave Pool

Employees may donate accrued sick leave hours to the Sick Leave Pool. Contributions to the Sick Leave Pool must be made in eight-hour increments, and there is no limit to the number of hours that may be donated.

Donating Accrued Hours Directly to Another Employee

Employees may donate accrued sick leave hours directly to another benefits-eligible employee at UTMB if the recipient of the donation meets the eligibility requirements to use sick leave, has exhausted his or her own sick leave, and has exhausted any time that he or she is eligible to withdraw from the Sick Leave Pool.

Please be advised that the dollar value of the sick leave hours donated directly to another employee will be included in the donor’s taxable income for the pay period during which the donation is made, and UTMB will withhold taxes from the donor’s paycheck. The donor’s earnings must be sufficient to cover the taxes in order for the donation to be executed. Click here for more details about making a sick leave donation to another UTMB employee.

Contact:       (409) 747-4645