Leaves & Time Off

When May a Family & Medical Leave Apply?

When may a Family and/or Medical Leave apply?

It is the policy of the University of California to provide family care and medical leave to eligible employees in accordance with the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) and the California Pregnancy Disability Leave Act (PDL).

Flexible Work Arrangements: Fixed Schedules

Fixed Schedules are useful when department and employee needs are highly predictable and inflexible.


  • An employee always drops off his child at school at the same time each morning, and goes directly from there to work.
  • An employee is in a vanpool that meets at the same time each day.
  • The department opens to the public at a certain hour, and the employee, as the department's only receptionist, must be present to greet callers.

Other considerations:

Family-School Partnership

The Family-School Partnership Act is a California law that allows parents, grandparents, and guardians to take time off from work to participate in their children's school or child care activities.  If you meet the following criteria:  You are a parent, guardian, or  grandparent who has custody of a child enrolled in a California public or private school, kindergarten through grade twelve, or licensed child day care facility, you may take up to 40 hours each year (up to eight hours in any calendar month) to participate in activities at your child's school or day care facility. 

Flexible Work Arrangements: Telecommuting

Fixed and variable work arrangements involve flexibility in schedules ('flextime'). There is, however, another type of variable work arrangement that involves flexibility in location, called telecommuting. Telecommuting is defined as a work arrangement in which some or all of the work is performed at an off-campus work site such as the home or in office space near home. Communication may be by phone, e-mail, fax, and pager. Equipment may be owned and maintained by the employee or by the University.

Administrative Leave

Eligible employees may use administrative leave to participate in specified University and civic activities, or because of natural or other emergencies.

Jury Duty and Grand Jury Duty

Flexible Work Arrangements: Partial-Year Career Appointments

Partial-Year Career Appointments are useful when the department has significant, predictable down times, or when the employee needs (or prefers) to be away from work for predictable, extended periods.


Flexible Work Arrangements: Compressed Workweeks

Compressed Workweeks are useful when there is a significant investment in equipment or a shortage of space, or when the employee works best employing significant concentrations of effort during extended periods of time.