If you need to be away from work for a period of time, you may be eligible for a paid or unpaid leave of absence. The following leaves are available for faculty members.
CSULB has implemented four temporary paid leave programs to ensure salary continuation for eligible employees. In addition, CSU and CFA have negotiated a voluntary reduction in timebase for employees seeking flexibility with their workload. A short description and links to additional information about each program can be found below.
In order to request a COVID-related leave under any of the leave programs listed in this section, please submit your request via our online form, the COVID Leave Request for Academic Employees.
Each of the leave options below is unique, yet there are certain areas of overlapping eligibility. In order to assist faculty members with finding the best fit for their own set of unique circumstances, Faculty Affairs designed the COVID Leave Request to gather basic information that will allow us to engage in an interactive process with the requestor and their department chair. The result may be approval of a single leave or a combination of leaves to meet your needs. This chart provides some information regarding where the programs overlap and how they are distinguished from one another.
While the nature of these leaves may make it impossible to know that one is needed before the semester begins, Faculty Affairs is asking that any faculty member considering COVID-related leave for the purpose of caring for dependents submit their request as soon as possible.
Coronavirus Temporary Paid Leave (TPL)
In accordance with Chancellor White's March 17, 2020 message to employees of the need to telecommute as a safeguard against the coronavirus, he acknowledged special considerations are to be given to employees age 65 or older and/or who have a chronic medical condition(s) as defined by the Center for Disease Prevention Control.
Coronavirus Paid Administrative Leave Program (CPAL)
In accordance with CSU policy, most employees (exempt and non-exempt) including student employees are eligible to receive a one-time allotment of up to 32 days (256 hours) of paid administrative leave from March 23, 2020, through December 31, 2020, that can only be used due to COVID-19 related absences, subject to the following conditions:
- All hours must be used by close of business on December 31, 2020 at which time any remaining allotted hours will expire.
- The hours may be used at any time during this designated period including intermittently, in consultation with the appropriate administrator, provided that such use shall not adversely affect the delivery of essential university services.
- The number of hours of paid administrative leave for employees who work less than full-time shall be prorated according to the employee's percent or time base of their appointment.
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The federal government enacted FFCRA in response to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). FFCRA enacted both the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA). FFCRA requires public employers to provide paid sick leave to employees unable to work (or unable to work remotely) for specified reasons relating to COVID-19. The Act is effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.
FFCRA provides employees the following benefits under specific conditions related to COVID-19, if unable to work (or unable to work remotely).
Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)
Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee's regular rate of pay when the employee is unable to work (or telework) because the employee is quarantined or has a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order, or advice of a health care provider), experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis, and/or to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA)
Up to an additional 12 weeks of expanded family and medical leave, of which 10 weeks are paid at the employee's regular rate of pay, and when an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work (or telework) due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.
Voluntary Reduction In Timebase For Full-time Faculty
Full-time faculty members (tenure-line or 3-year full-time appointment holders) may request a temporary reduction of up to 6 WTU in their timebase for the 2020-2021 academic year. This timebase reduction is accompanied by a proportionate reduction in salary. The request deadline for this program is August 1, 2020.
Additional information regarding this program may be found in the governing MOU negotiated with CFA.
The following leaves of absence are available to faculty for purposes such as research, scholarly and creative activity, instructional improvement or faculty retraining.
- Sabbatical Leaves
- Difference-in-Pay Leaves
- Personal leaves of absence without pay may be granted for reasons such as outside employment or purposes of a personal nature.
- Professional leaves of absence without pay may be for purposes of research, advanced study, professional development or other purposes to benefit the campus.
Medical leaves of absence are available for the following:
- Caring for your own serious health condition
- Caring for a family member with a serious health condition
- Parental leave
Additional Types of Leaves
- Paid Bereavement Leave (Article 23)
- For the following types of leave with pay, see Article 22 in the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
- Military Leave
- Jury Duty Leave
- Leave to Vote
- Absence as a Witness
Leaves for Teaching Associates and Graduate Assistants
The Collective Bargaining Agreement has information on leaves of absence for teaching associates and graduate assistants (Unit 11 employees).