FMLA/Leave of Absence


Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Temple University recognizes that it sometimes may be difficult for employees to balance the demands of a job with personal and family needs. The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (“FMLA”) requires certain employers to allow eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of leave (paid and/or unpaid) to care for a newborn or newly adopted child, to recuperate from their own serious illness, or to care for a seriously ill family member. For purposes of this policy, “family members” include: (1) the employee’s spouse, (2) the employee’s parent, (3) the employee’s natural or adopted child or dependent stepchild. In addition, FMLA provisions require employers to provide up to 12 weeks of FMLA to eligible employee who are the immediate family members (spouses, children or parents) of reservists or members of the National Guard who are called to active duty in the U.S. Military and up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave to eligible employees who are providing care for family members wounded while serving on active duty.

An eligible employee is one who has at least 12 months of service with Temple University and has worked at least 1,250 hours for Temple University during the previous 12-month period. Eligibility is determined at the time the employee requests the leave.

An eligible employee, as defined by the FMLA, may take up to 12 weeks of family and medical leave during a rolling backward 12-month period for specified family and medical reasons. Eligible employees are entitled to 12 workweeks of FMLA leave during any 12-month period.

Temple University requires employees to use all unused annual sick days, (if appropriate with the Sick Leave Policy), vacation and personal holidays during any FMLA leave. If an employee has exhausted all paid leave and is not receiving disability benefits through Temple University, the balance of the FMLA leave is unpaid.

As part of the changes to the FMLA, all application/certification forms have been revised. Since the new forms are specific to the condition for which an employee is requesting leave, the Benefits Department will no longer be posting the generic forms on our website. To obtain an application form for an FMLA leave of absence, please submit a request via Self-Service Banner (click here to access SSB via the TUportal) or call the Benefits office at 215-926-2282 (Internals Dial: 7-2282).

For additional questions regarding FMLA, please contact the Benefits Department at or 215-926-2282.

In addition to FMLA, Temple University also provides eligible employees with an opportunity to apply for a University Leave of Absence (ULOA). For more information, choose one of the links below:

On November 5, 2008, Mayor Michael Nutter signed into law Ordinance #080468-A, amending the Philadelphia Fair Practices Ordinance. Effective January 5, 2009, this new law requires employers to provide up to eight (8) weeks of unpaid leave annually, depending on the size of the employer, to victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, or their qualifying family members, to receive applicable victim support services. For more information, click here.


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