What is Family Medical Leave FML
Southside ISD employees are eligible if they have been employed by the district for 1 year & worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12 months prior to the start of leave.
Eligible employees are entitled to up to 12 work weeks of job protected leave without loss of any employment benefits during a 12 month period for the following reasons:
- The birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth
- Placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement
- To care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition
- A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job
- Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty”.
How to Request FML
- 30 days before you need leave: Complete and Return the “Leave of Absence Request” form to the Benefits & Leave Specialist. If you cannot provide advance notice due to unforeseeable circumstances, please give notice as soon as it is practical.
- Notify your Campus/Department Supervisor of your need for leave.
- You must report your FML absences in AESOP.
- The Benefits & Leave Specialist will give you a Medical Certification to provide your physician. Make sure your physician returns the completed Medical Certification within 15 calendar days of your receiving it, this is needed to approve your leave.
- The district will continue to pay its portion of the employee’s health insurance premium for the approved FML period.
- During your leave of absence, call or email the Benefits & Leave Specialist with any questions or concerns.
- Before you return to work, you must provide a “Fitness for Duty” Medical Release to the Benefits & Leave Specialist in Human Resources. You cannot return to work without this.
See below for additional information about the Family Medical Leave Act and to print required forms.