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Leave of Absence/FMLA

Family and Medical Leave Act

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), if you have worked at least one year and at least 1,250 hours in the past 12 months you are eligible for up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for the following circumstances:

  • Birth of a child; adoption of a child or the placement of as foster child
  • To care for a spouse, child or parent with a serious health condition
  • Serious health condition which makes the employee unable to perform the functions the position
  • Active Duty Family Leave
  • Injured Service Member Leave


If you have a spouse, parent, or child who has been called to or is on active duty in the Armed Forces, you may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of FMLA in certain circumstances. If you are the spouse, parent, child, or next of kin of a service member who was injured in the line of duty, you may be eligible for up to 26 weeks of FMLA leave.

While on FMLA, you are entitled to receive health benefits as if you were still working. Please contact the Benefits Department at (423) 498-7087 for information.

Special rules apply to instructional employees which affect the taking of intermittent leave or leave on a reduced schedule, or return from a leave near the end of an academic term (semester).

When returning to work, a physician release statement is required. You must be reinstated to the same or an equivalent position. Equivalent position is defined as a position having the same pay, benefits, working conditions, and substantially similar duties and responsibilities and entails substantially equivalent skill, effort, responsibility and authority. NOTE: If you go into unpaid status, your salary will be adjusted upon your return.  Please click on the Return to Work Form link to get a copy of the form.  Return to Work Form

If you do not return to work following FMLA leave (for a reason other than the same condition, recurrence, or onset of a serious health condition that would entitle you to FMLA leave or other circumstances beyond your control), you may be required to reimburse HCDE for its share of health insurance premiums paid on your behalf during your FMLA leave.

Please click on the FAQ for Leaves of Absence link to get a copy. FAQ for Leaves of Absence

For further information concerning the Family and Medical Leave Act please contact the Human Resources Department at (423) 498-7048.


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