Texas Tech University offers several types of leave for eligible employees. Leave eligibility and approval will vary depending on the circumstances of leave.
Family and Medical Leave
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to take unpaid job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons. Texas Tech University requires eligible employees to complete all necessary paperwork (including FMLA applications and certification forms) for any absence from work due to a qualifying reason under the FMLA. Employees who take Family and Medical Leave (FML) must use any sick and vacation leave accruals concurrently with the FML. Once all eligible accrued leave hours have been exhausted, the employee may enter into leave without pay. More...
Parental leave is for employees who are not eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) for:
- The birth of a child, or
- The adoption or foster care placement of a child younger than 3 years of age.
Employees eligible for Parental Leave are entitled up to 12 weeks of leave, and are required to use any eligible sick leave and vacation leave while on Parental Leave. Once all accrued leave hours have been exhausted, the employee will enter into leave without pay.
Employees eligible for Parental Leave must submit the Application for Parental Leave as well as the following documentation:
Birth of a Child: The Certification of Physician or Practitioner for Parental Leave must be submitted at least 30 days in advance.
Adoption or Foster Care Placement: The Adoption/Foster Care Placement Certification must be submitted at least 30 days in advance or in as much notice as practicable (within 2 business days).
- TTUS OP 70.01 Employee Leave
- Adoption/Foster Care Placement Certification
- Application for Parental Leave
- Certification of Physician or Practitioner for Parental Leave
A regular full-time employee will earn sick leave at the rate of 8 hours for each month or fraction of a month of employment. Regular part-time employees will earn sick leave on a proportionate basis. Sick leave will terminate on the employee's last physical day on the job. More...
A regular full-time employee will be entitled to vacation leave without deduction in salary. A regular part-time employee will earn a pro rata vacation entitlement based upon the percent of time worked. A regular faculty member with a full-time appointment for 12 months (faculty, staff, or combination) who observes the administrative work schedule may also earn vacation entitlement. More...
Sick Leave Pool
The Sick Leave Pool is intended to assist an employee and his or her immediate family in dealing with catastrophic illnesses or injuries that force them to exhaust all available leaves. Requests for Sick Leave Pool should be made prior to exhausting all eligible sick and vacation leave accruals. In addition, if the employee requesting Sick Leave Pool is also eligible for leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the employee must submit both FMLA and Sick Leave Pool forms. To be considered for Sick Leave Pool, the employee must meet the definition of a regular employee: an employee that works at least 20 hours per week and is not be employed in a position for which the employee is required to be a student as a condition of employment. More...
Leave Without Pay
All employees, including exempt employees, may be placed on leave without pay (LWOP) if the employee is not at work for less than one day for personal reasons or because of illness or injury and accrued leave is not used by the employee because permission to use accrued leave was not sought or was denied or accrued leave has been exhausted. More...
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed into law on March 18, 2020. This Act extends the eligibility criteria for Family and Medical Leave (FML) to employees who have been employed for at least 30 calendar days for qualifying reasons as explained in this memorandum. In addition, there are two acts mandating paid leave: The Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA); and The Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLA). More...
Employees who meet the definition of a regular employee may be eligible for leaves of absence, other than holiday, vacation, family and medical, parental, leave without pay, sick, and sick leave pool. More...