FAQs

Eligibility

Am I eligible to take FML leave?

In order to be eligible for FML leave, you must be a regular staff or contingent II employee and have:

  • worked 1,040 hours during the 12-month period immediately prior to the start of your FML leave; and
  • worked for the University for at least 12 months* immediately prior to the start of your FML leave; and
  • an FTE of at least 50%.

*The 12 months of service are not required to be consecutive.  Employment periods preceding a break in service of no more than 7 years may be considered when determining whether you have worked for the University for at least 12 months.

If you are on approved sick leave at the time you meet the 12-month service requirement, all leave taken after you meet the 12-month service requirement will be designated as FML leave.

For what reasons can an eligible employee take FML leave?

Eligible employees may take up to 12 workweeks of FML leave for one or more of the following reasons:

  • the birth of a child;
  • the placement of a child for adoption or foster care;
  • care/bonding with a newborn or adopted/foster placed child within the 12-month period from birth or placement;
  • care for an immediate family member e.g. spouse, child, or parent with a serious health condition;
  • when the employee is unable to work and/or perform any one of the essential functions of their job because of a serious health condition; or
  • qualifying exigencies arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is on covered active duty or called to covered active duty status as a member of the National Guard, Reserves, or Regular Armed Forces.

Eligible employees may take up to 26 workweeks of FML leave to care for a covered servicemember with a serious health condition.

What are my options if I am not eligible for FML leave but need to take time off work for medical reasons e.g. the birth of a child, my own illness or injury, caring for a family member with an illness or injury?

If you are not eligible for FML leave but need to take time off work for medical reasons, sick leave may be granted under the USM Policy on Sick Leave for Exempt and Nonexempt Staff Employees.  To ensure your use of sick leave is in accordance with policy, you may be required to submit a written statement from a medical provider confirming the need for you to be off work.

My spouse and I are both UMD employees and we will be having a baby. Are we both eligible for up to 12 weeks of FML leave for the birth and bonding with our newborn?

Yes.  Assuming you are both eligible for FML leave, you and your spouse are entitled to separate/individual periods of up to 12 workweeks of FML leave that may be taken simultaneously or in succession.