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Texas Woman's University Staff Handbook
Employee Benefits: Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

FMLA provides TWU employees up to 12 weeks of leave for certain family and medical reasons. State employees who have been employed for 12 months by the state, and who have worked at least 1,250 hours within the preceding twelve month period, are entitled to leave pursuant to the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act provided that the employee utilizes all available applicable paid leave while taking leave pursuant to this provision. Applicable accrued paid leave time will be counted (substituted) as part of the 12 weeks of Family/Medical Leave.

Employees requesting FMLA leave will be required to submit medical certification information. Employees will be required to provide re-certification information to continue on FMLA leave. Upon the return to work the employee will be required to submit a Return to Work Medical Certification.

Failure to submit the appropriate medical certification forms within a reasonable time may cause delay or denial of FMLA leave. Failure to provide a Return to Work Medical Certification Form (fitness-for-duty certification) can result in denial of restoration of employment until a certification is provided.

The University will continue the State contribution to the employees insurance program as long as the employee continues to pay premiums that are normally deducted from the payroll. Failure of the employee to pay his or her share of the premiums may cause some of the insurance coverage to be canceled. A portion of the insurance may be restored upon return to work. TWU may require the employee to pay back to the University that portion of the benefits paid by the University if the employee elects not to return to work at the end of the FMLA leave period, unless the employee cannot return to work because of a serious health condition or other circumstances beyond the employee's control.

See Policy 3.24 Family and Medical Leave for additional information.

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