Leave of Absence

Leave of Absence

The University offers paid leave benefits to all current and future employees who meet eligiblity criteria. 

Leave Laws

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

To be eligible for leave beneifts under federal law, you will need to work:

  • One (1) year with SU
  • 1250 hours with SU

If eligible, you may recieve up to 12 weeks of protected, unpaid leave for medical, family or bonding leave. 

Washington Paid Family & Medical Leave (WA PFML)

To be eligible for leave benefits under Washington State law, you will need to work:

  • 320 hours with SU for pay benefits;
  • 965 hours with SU for job protection

If eligible, you may recieve up to 12 weeks of 100% paid leave for medical, family or bonding leave. Birth mothers may recieve a combination of medical and bonding leave for a total of 16-18 weeks of leave. 

The University administers an approved voluntary plan (50A.04 RCW) and all employees will receive at least the minimum benefit required by law. You do not need to apply with WA Employment Security Department to recieve pay benefits while on leave. 

Types of Leave

Medical leave provides time away for your own serious health condition. If you meet eligiblity criteria, you can take up to 12 weeks with 100% paid leave. 

Family leave provides time away to care for a family member with a serious health condition. 

  • FMLA eligible family members: spouse, child(ren), parent
  • WA PFML eligible family members: spouse, child(ren), parent, domestic partner, grandchild, grandparent, in-law, sibling

Bonding leave provides time away to bond with a new child from birth, placement for adoption or foster care. 

Apply for Leave

You will need to contact Human Resources to file a leave of absence. You will need to provide 30 days notice for any planned leave of absences (ex: surgery, bonding). The application process includes completing a Leave Request Form and having a healthcare provider certify the need for leave. 

Other

  • Duration of leave is certified by a healthcare provider. 
  • FMLA and WA PFML may run concurrently. 
  • Leave time can be taken concurrently or intermittently. 
  • Reserve sick time will be deducted commensurate with leave time (staff only). 
  • Contact Human Resources for your eligibility and to apply for leave.