Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Federal and State FMLA: The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) and the Connecticut Family and Medical Leave Act (“CFMLA”) require certain employers to provide family and medical leaves of absence for eligible staff. Either or both of these laws may apply to a particular leave. Where both laws apply, the leave provided by each must be taken concurrently. Under the FMLA, eligible employees who qualify for family or medical leave are entitled to leave for up to twelve (12) weeks in any twelve (12) month period, and under the CFMLA, eligible employees who qualify for family or medical leave are entitled to sixteen (16) weeks in any twenty-four (24) month period. Please contact Human Resources to determine your eligibility for FMLA and FMLA leave.

The Leave Policy: The College’s current leave policy goes beyond what is required by state and federal law. Goodwin allows eligible employees who qualify for family or medical leave to take up to sixteen (16) weeks in any twelve (12) month period. Eligible employees who qualify for family or medical leave under the military caregiver provisions relating to members of the U.S. Armed Forces may request up to twenty-six (26) weeks in a single twelve (12) month period within five (5) years after the member of the U.S. Armed Forces leaves military service.

Notice of Leave: You should give the College as much notice of the need for a leave as is practicable. Where the need for leave is foreseeable, the College must receive at least 30 days' advance notice of the need for the leave, when possible. Where the need for leave is not foreseeable, you must notify the College within two (2) business days after learning of your need for leave, except in extraordinary circumstances.

Required Use of Paid Leave: Family/medical leave is unpaid leave. Any accrued paid vacation, medical/sick leave, and short-or-long term disability, workers’ compensation, or other paid personal leave will be used concurrent with unpaid family/medical leave. The use of paid time for unpaid family/medical leave time does not extend the length of the leave provided by the law.

The End of Your Leave: At the end of your leave, you will be returned to work to your former position or one with similar pay and status in accordance with state and federal laws. If you are medically unable to perform your original job upon the expiration of your leave entitlement, you may be transferred to work suitable to your physical condition, if such work is available. If your leave extends beyond the amount of time available under the policy, you may be returned to your former or a like position if one exists; however, the College cannot guarantee reinstatement.

For additional information regarding the College's FMLA policy, including your eligibility for leave and the paperwork required for such leave, please contact Human Resources.