Leaves of Absence

Depending on the type of leave of absence you seek, there are different eligibility requirements and maximum durations of length. For additional information, visit the Leaves of Absence toolkit.

Childcare

Eligibility: Available to both male and female staff members within the first year of a child's birth, adoption, or foster care placement.

Maximum Duration of Initial Leave: 6 months (does not have to commence immediately after birth or placement)

Maximum Duration Including Extension: Must be taken in one block of time at any point within 12 months from date of birth or placement; must also be completed within that time

Family Medical

Eligibility: A staff member who is needed to care for a family member (SPG 201.11) who has a serious or chronic illness. Staff is not required to use vacation or sick time prior to going on leave.

Maximum Duration of Initial Leave: Exhaustion of the staff member's available time under the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993

Maximum Duration Including Extension: Exhaustion of the staff member's available time under the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993

Government Service

Eligibility: A staff member with at least one year of continuous service who is elected to a full-time public political office (except that of Michigan state legislator), or appointed to an office of a policy-making nature or one of significant responsibility such as head of, or assistant to, the head of an office, department, or branch of the federal, state*, or local government.

Maximum Duration of Initial Leave: One term of office, or one year of service

Maximum Duration Including Extension: Renewable upon request for additional terms of office, or years of service

*Michigan State legislators are prohibited by the State's Constitution from simultaneously being on a leave of absence from a public employer. For procedures related to notifying the Secretary of the university of candidacy for, or election or appointment to public office, see Regents' Bylaws, Sec. 5-13, "Governmental Activities."

Medical

Eligibility: A staff member is unable to work because of personal illness or injury, or disability related to pregnancy or delivery.

Maximum Duration of Initial Leave: 6 months

Maximum Duration Including Extension: Two years

Medical and Childcare

Eligibility (combined): A staff member is unable to work because of pregnancy and delivery and the staff member desires to remain off work when medically able to return to work following delivery. (This combined purpose leave permits simplified processing when, at the beginning of a medical leave, a staff member also intends to take time off to care for a newborn.)

Maximum Duration of Initial Leave: 9 months

Maximum Duration Including Extension: One year from the date of the child's birth

Military Service

Eligibility: A staff member has a Selective Service induction, A-1 enlistment, or a call-up as a member of the National Guard or Reserve. (SPG 201.30 and 201.33)

Maximum Duration of Initial Leave: Period of Active Duty

Maximum Duration Including Extension: Five years plus additional time imposed by law

Educational

Eligibility: Leave is granted at the discretion of the staff member's department with the approval of the appropriate Human Resources office. Staff member has at least one year of continuous service and is enrolled in a full-time, accredited educational program. The educational program must be directly related to the employee's current position or a university position to which the employee may reasonably aspire.

Maximum Duration of Initial Leave: One year

Maximum Duration Including Extension: Four years, renewable annually

Personal

Eligibility: Leave is granted at the university's discretion. If the staff member's department guarantees a return to the same position or one of like status and pay.

Maximum Duration of Initial Leave: One year

Maximum Duration Including Extension: One year