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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 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 (PDF) 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.

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).

FFCRA Poster

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.

Sabbatical and Difference-in-Pay Leaves

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 and Professional 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 and Parental Leaves of Absence

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

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).