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Family Medical Leave (CSU FML)


The CSU Family Medical Leave (FML) provides eligible employees with unpaid leave time offering job and benefit protection up to twelve (12) weeks in a 12-month period to care for self or eligible family members.  CSU FML is extended to employees who either become seriously ill or need to care for a newborn or a child placed in the home through adoption or foster care or need to be away from work to care for an ill family member.

CSU FML incorporates both the Federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) leave entitlements and run concurrently.  The CSU FML 12-week entitlement is calculated on a forward rolling basis within a 12-month period, from the first date the employee's first CSU FML leave begins.  CSU designates FML leave following a 3-5 days absence (according to the employee's bargaining unit), and only the amount of actual leave taken is counted against the maximum entitlement.  CSU FML tracks concurrently with most leave programs except for California Pregnancy Disability Leave (CA PDL).

Note:  CSU employees are not eligible for the Paid Family Leave Insurance Program administered by the Employment Development Department (EDD).  This paid leave insuarnce program applies to California workers who pay into the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program.  CSU employee do not pay into the SDI program.

Family Medical Leave Eligibility

Accrual Usage While on CSU FML

While CSU FML is unpaid, the use of available leave accruals is necessary for the continuation of pay.  CSU policy requires that when an employee is placed on CSU FML for their own serious health condition, the employee must use their eligible sick leave and/or vacation credits, Personal Holiday, and CTO (unless excluded by CBA) prior to going on any unpaid portion of CSU FML.  Employees who request CSU FML to care for an eligible family member or an eligible service member with a serious health condition are required to use appropriate leave balances prior to going on any portion of unpaid CSU FML.

The unpaid portion of CSU FML begins once eligible leave credits have been applied to the leave.  CSU FML runs concurrently with the use of appropriate leave balances and is not counted separately from the CSU FML entitlement period.

While on paid CSU FML, benefit premiums, including health, dental, vision, group life (if applicable) and long-term disability (if applicable) continue to be paid by the CSU without a lapse in coverage.  During periods of unpaid CSU FML, only health, dental and vision premiums will continue to be paid by the CSU.  

Eligible employees are entitled to:

12 work weeks of leave in a 12-month period for:

  • The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
  • The placement of a child(ren) with the employee for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child(ren) within one year of placement;
  • To care for the employee's eligible family member with a serious health condition.
  • A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job; or
  • Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee's spouse, domestic partner, son, daughter, parent or next of kin is a covered military member on "covered active active-duty" status;


26 workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period:

  • To care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member's spouse, domestic partner, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin.


  • The effective date of CSU FML is on the first day that leave is designated as such, provided eligibility requirements have been met and all necessary documents have been properly submitted.
  • Employees on CSU FML for their own serious health condition are required to obtain a release to work certification from their health care provider prior to returning to work. 
  • During unpaid CSU FML, the CSU continues to pay its normal portion of medical, dental and vision premiums.
  • Employees on CSU FML have the right to return to the same or an equivalent position.
  • CSU FML may be taken intermittently or on a reduced work schedule when medically necessary, as determined by the health care provider.

Request CSU FML

To request a leave covered under CSU FML, please contact our office by email at or by calling (760)750-4418.  Upon receiving notificaiton of a request/need for leave, Human Resources will provide required documentation to the requesting employee.  Employees must provide 14 days (applicable to most CBAs) advance notice for a foreseeable leave, or as much advance notice as possible.  When a 14-day notice is not possible, the employee must give notice to the employer on the same day the need for leave is known, or the next business day after the need arises for an unforeseeable leave, unless it is impracticable.