Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
Family and Medical Leave is available to any University employee who has worked at least 1250 hours in the 12 month period prior to the leave request. Murray State University's Family and Medical Leave policy allows leave for eligible employees up to 26 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave during a 12-month period (as defined by the University) for specific medical and/or family reasons (birth of a child, care of a child, care of a child after birth, placement of a child for adoption or foster care, or to care for the serious health condition of the employee, employee's spouse, son, daughter or parent) or covered servicemember; or a qualifying exigency. Employees are required to give the University at least a 30-day notice involving known or planned leaves. Employees are required to use all available sick and vacation leave with the exception of pregnancy. The total amount of unpaid leave may not exceed 6 months in any calendar year.
The University requires certification from a health care provider that a serious medical condition exists before granting leave. Required documentation must be completed and forwarded to the Department of Human Resources for approval. If you are granted an approved FMLA leave, you may continue your coverage under MSU's medical, dental, or vision plans for you and your eligible dependents. Be sure to request leave before your leave begins or your leave may be denied. MSU has the right to determine FMLA leave.
Employees returning from Family and Medical Leave will be returning to either their prior position or to an equivalent position. Employees not returning from Family and Medical Leave must certify their inability to do so. Those employees who do not provide such certification will be required to reimburse the University for all costs related to health insurance and other benefit premiums paid during any portion of the Family and Medical Leave.
FMLA forms can be found on the Support Site.