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Fort Hays State University
Sheridan 112
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
Phone: 785-628-4462
Fax: 785-628-4006

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Medical Absence


The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides eligible employees entitlement to up to 12 work weeks during a consecutive 12 month period for the birth of the employee's child, the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care, a qualifying serious health condition of the employee, or a serious health condition of the employee's child, spouse or parent. It also provides for military qualifying exigencies and care for injured or ill service members. The employee is required to use all accrued paid leave toward the FMLA entitlement before being authorized leave without pay. Family members are limited to the employee, spouse, children and the employee's parents.

Eligibility starts after 12 months of employment with Fort Hays State University and the employee has worked at least 1250 hours in the 12 months immediately preceding the date FMLA leave begins.

Shared Leave

Qualifying employees may receive donations of leave when they experience a serious, extreme or life threatening illness or injury, either personally or by a family member. The definition of "family member" includes persons related by blood, marriage, adoption or court placement of minors. Such shared leave eligibility begins after 6 months of continuous service. The employee must use all accumulated leave, including vacation, sick leave and compensatory time earned, before requesting donations.

The requesting employee must have satisfactory attendance and performance records. An employee receiving Workers' Compensation is not eligible for shared leave.

Shared leave is designed to cover the duration of the illness or injury for which it was initially granted, up to a maximum of six months from the date the employee began using the shared leave. The shared leave cannot be transferred to any employee other than the employee for whom it was donated.

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