GARI Family and Medical Leave GARI-1
Eligible district employees shall be provided family and medical leave as provided by a plan approved by the board.
Family and medical leave as required by federal law shall be granted for a period of not more than 12 weeks during a 12-month period. For purposes of this policy, a 12-month period shall be defined as a fiscal year beginning on July 1 and ending the following June 30. Spouses employed by the district may only take an aggregate of 12 weeks of leave for a birth or adoption of a child or to care for a child with a serious health condition.
Leave is available because of:
(1) the birth of a son or daughter of the employee and to care for the son or daughter;
(2) the placement of a son or daughter with the employee for adoption or foster care;
(3) the need to care for a spouse, son, daughter or parent of the employee because of a serious health condition;
(4) a serious health condition of the employee that prevents the employee from performing the job functions;
(5) a qualifying exigency arising because the spouse, son, daughter of parent of the employee is on active duty (or has been notified of an impending call or order to achieve active duty in the Armed Forces.
(6) a spouse, son, daughter, parent or next of kin of a covered service member if they need care from the eligible family member. Eligible employees are, in this case, entitled to a combined total of 26 workweeks of leave during a 12-month period.
(Leave for reason 1 or 2 must be taken within 12 months of birth or placement.)
The leave shall normally be unpaid leave. However, if the employee has any paid vacation, personal, sick or disability leave that is available for use because of the reason for the leave, the paid leave shall be used first and counted toward the annual family and medical leave. The superintendent will notify the employee of the beginning date of family and medical leave and the amount of the employee’s accrued paid leave designated as family and medical leave.
The employee is eligible for family and medical leave upon completion of 12 months of service in the district and employed at least 1250 hours during the preceding year.
During the period of any unpaid family and medical leave the board shall continue to pay the employer's share of the cost of group health benefits in the same manner as paid immediately prior to the leave. Any employee portion of the cost shall be paid by the employee to the clerk of the board on the payroll date or other time as the employee and superintendent may agree. The board may terminate group health coverage if the employee payment is not received