Life Events - Leave of Absence

The RF offers its employees a variety of leave options. Some are offered as paid leave; others are unpaid. Employment status also affects the availability of leave. Please see the individual leave policy to determine if you are eligible.



Leave of Absence Without Pay

You may be eligible for the following types of leave without pay: disability, child care and personal. Requests for leave without pay must be reviewed individually by your supervisor.  For additional information, please contact your campus Benefits Office.



Military Leave

If you are called to active military duty, you will be paid for up to 22 work days or 30 calendar days, whichever is greater, during any one calendar year or any continuous period of ordered military service. After paid leave is exhausted, you may use accrued vacation, holiday or personal leave credit or be put on leave without pay for the period of your military duty. 

You may be entitled to re-employment rights and retention of full seniority benefits for all prior service upon re-employment under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and the New York State Military Law.  

You need to bring your military service orders to your campus Benefits Office for review prior to commencement of the leave.  

Temporary employees may not be eligible for reinstatement following military leave, and reinstatement may not be required for other employees in some circumstances.

As with other leaves of absence, failure to return to work or to reapply within applicable time limits may result in termination of employment.


Effective August 16, 2006, spouses of members of the armed forces who have been deployed during a period of military conflict are allowed to take ten (10) days unpaid leave when that employee’s spouse is on leave from the armed forces.



Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
The RF will grant family and medical leave in accordance with the requirements of applicable state and federal law in effect at the time the leave is granted. No greater or lesser leave benefits will be granted than those set forth in the relevant state or federal laws. The following is a summary of the relevant provisions.  

Eligible employees may receive up to a total of 12 work weeks (26 weeks for military caregiver leave) of unpaid leave during a 12-month period. To be eligible for family and medical leave benefits, you must:

§         have worked for the RF for a total of at least 12 months

§         have worked at least 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months


Leave may be used for one or more of the following reasons:

§         for the birth of a child or placement of a child with an employee for adoption or foster care

§         to care for an immediate family member (spouse, child, or parent) with a serious health condition

§         to take medical leave when the employee is unable to work because of his or her own serious health condition

§         a qualifying exigency that arises while a covered Service member is on or called to active duty

§         to care for a service member who has a serious illness or injury that was incurred in the line of duty while on active duty 

Under some circumstances, employees may take family and medical leave intermittently--which means taking leave in blocks of time, or by reducing their normal weekly or daily work schedule. Certain restrictions on these benefits may apply.  

Please contact your campus Benefits Office as soon as you become aware of the need for a family and medical leave. If you need family and medical leave, you may be required to provide:

§         30-day advance notice when the need for the leave is foreseeable

§         Medical certification from a health care provider (both prior to the leave and prior to reinstatement)

§         Periodic recertification

§         Periodic reports during the leave.  

Failure to provide this information when requested may affect the eligibility for or timing of Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave.

Family and medical leave is unpaid. The RF may require you to use or you may choose to use accrued paid leave to cover some or all of the family and medical leave. The use of paid time off will not extend the length of a family and medical leave. 

The RF will maintain, for up to a maximum of 12 work weeks of family and medical leave (26 work weeks for military caregiver leave), any group health insurance coverage that you were provided before the leave on the same terms as if you had continued to work. In some instances the RF may recover premiums it paid to maintain health coverage if you do not return to work following family or medical leave.  

Under most circumstances, upon return from family and medical leave, you will be reinstated to your previous position, or to an equivalent job with equivalent pay, benefits and other employment terms and conditions.

However, upon return from a family and medical leave, you have no greater right to reinstatement than if you had been continuously employed rather than on leave.  

For additional information on these types of leave without pay, you may contact your campus Benefits Office.



Jury Duty

If you are called to jury duty, you will receive the necessary time off with full pay to fulfill this civic obligation. You should request jury duty leave from your supervisor in advance and provide him or her with the necessary documentation (jury duty voucher).




You earn accruals for vacation based on your date of hire, position classification, and employment status. 


You may request to use vacation time after a six-month waiting period.  Upon separation from RF employment, eligible employees will be paid for up to 30 days of accrued, unused vacation leave. Please contact your campus Benefits Office for additional information.




You earn accruals for paid personal leave based on your date of hire, position classification, and employment status. Personal leave is available for personal or family reasons other than illness.  Please contact your campus Benefits Office for additional information.




You earn accruals for sick pay based on your date of hire, position classification, and employment status.  Sick leave is available for an illness, a doctor/dentist appointment or to care for an ill family member. Please contact your campus Benefits Office for additional information.

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