Leave and Accommodation Information

  • The District understands that employees will need time away from work, for many different types of situations. Whether it’s time away to care for a new child, recover from a serious health condition, care for an ill family member, bereavement or time away for personal reasons. We encourage employees to review their Collective Bargaining Agreement for the leave provision that best suites your needs. You may also require accommodations for medical restrictions when returning from leave or for a temporary or permanent disability. The Employee Leave and Accommodations Information page will help you with frequently asked questions and provide you with a start in making your request. Please review this information carefully and contact Tara Lofton at tlofton@fwps.org with any further questions.    

    If you are in need of a medical leave, complete this leave request form and submit it electronically. The form will be forwarded to FWPS's Human Resources Department. AFTER SUBMISSION, print out the appropriate medical form for your physician to complete. It is your responsibility to ensure the medical form is completed and returned to Human Resources 30 in advance of your medical leave request.


    Maternity/Paternity Leave; Adoption Forms
    A period of disability for birth and recovery, shall be granted to all mothers giving birth. Under the federal law, all FMLA eligible employees are allowed to take at least 12 weeks of job-protected leave in a 12 month period. Under the Washington State's Family Leave Act (FLA), eligible employees are also allowed to take 12 weeks of job-protected leave in a 12 month period following the birth or adoption of a child. The FMLA and FLA run concurrently if you qualify for both, so that means a total of 12 weeks of job-protected but unpaid leave.  If you wish to request additional leave please follow the instructions provided in the parental leave section of the Employee Leave page.  


    Family Medical Leave(SELF)
    The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees who meet the federal eligibility requirements, up to 12 workweeks or 60 workdays of unpaid, job-protected leave a year for the diagnosis of a serious medical condition for you, a spouse, parent or child, birth of a child, adoption or placement of a foster child and/or a qualifying exigency that arises from an employee's spouse, child or parent who is on active duty or has been called to duty for the National Guard or Reserve in support of a contingency military operation. Pease review the Family Medical Leave section of the Employee Leave page for instructions on eligibility and how to request this leave.  

    Family Medical Leave(FAMILY MEMBER)
    The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees who meet the federal eligibility requirements, up to 12 workweeks or 60 workdays of unpaid, job-protected leave a year for the diagnosis of a serious medical condition for you, a spouse, parent or child, birth of a child, adoption or placement of a foster child and/or a qualifying exigency that arises from an employee's spouse, child or parent who is on active duty or has been called to duty for the National Guard or Reserve in support of a contingency military operation. Pease review the Family Medical Leave section of the Employee Leave page for instructions on eligibility and how to request this leave. 


    Leave Share
    The District's Leave Share Program allows other employees within the District to donate sick leave on your behalf, for a serious health condition, care for a parent or child with a serious health condition and parental leave. Please review the leave share section of the Employee Leave page for full instructions on how to request leave share donations.  If you would like to donate your sick/vacation hours to another employee in the distict, click on the Sick Leave/Vacation Leave Transfer Request and Authorization Form.  


    Educational and/or other Personal Leave requests 
    Please review your Collective Bargaining Agreement for provisions regarding unpaid time for non-medical personal leave provisions. All non-medical leave requests must be reviewed and approved by Human Resources ahead of time. Please contact Tara Lofton at tlofton@fwps.org with the details of your request and initiate the request process.   

    Domestic Violence Leave (FMLA forms must be turned in)
    It is the intent of the District to foster a safe and supportive community for all employees, students and visitors. Employees who experience the effects of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault are encouraged to utilize job-protected leave from the workplace in order to seek and obtain assistance. Please contact Tara Lofton at tlofton@fwps.org  for a confidential review of your options. 

    Request for Accommodation                                                                                                    A reasonable accommodation is defined as any change or adjustment to a job, the work environment, or the way things usually are done that would allow an individual with a disability to perform job functions. Under the Amercian Disabilites Act (ADA) the District is required to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified employees with disabilities, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship.

     

    Military Leave
    This is a request for time away from work to fulfill duties and obligations for certain types of active or inactive duty in the National Guard or as a Reservist of the Armed Forces. The District will pay up to 21 workdays per year for military leave for all employees. A military leave year runs from October 1 to September 30 in accordance with the federal fiscal year. Beyond the paid 21 days, military duty leave is unpaid for the rest of your time in active duty,  for up to five years. However, you may use any accrued paid leave that you have available during this time. Please communicate and your immediate supervisor to regarding your intent to use paid leave accrual during an active military leave. 

     

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