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The State Department of Personnel has changed leave tracking

Starting July 1, 2015, the State of Colorado will implement the new tracking period for classified staff employees who take leave under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Classified staff members are able to take 13 weeks or 520 hours of family medical leave. Previously, that leave was tallied based on the fiscal year, from July 1 – June 30.

Effective July 1, 2014, the state changed how it calculated FMLA. It moved to a model that allots leave based on a “rolling” 12-month period. Here’s how it works: An employee’s total available leave is calculated by looking at the difference of 13 weeks minus any family medical leave during the past 12 months. The 12-month look-back period is set at one year back from the date an employee requests family medical leave.

The state and CU have spent the last year tracking FMLA leave. Starting July 1, 2015, the new tracking period will be implemented for employees who take FMLA leave.

This process is more flexible for employees looking to use FMLA leave.

Family Medical Leave can be granted to eligible employees who:

  • have a serious health condition;
  • recently had a baby;
  • recently adopted or took custody of a foster child;
  • must care for a parent, spouse, partner, or child with a serious illness or injury;
  • must care for a parent, children, a spouse or next of kin of who suffered a serious illness or injury; OR
  • are on active duty military leave.

For more information on leave tracking and the Family Medical Leave Act, visit the State of Colorado website.

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