• Services to Support OUSD Employees with
    Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and
    California Family Rights Act (CFRA)

     

    OUSD's Leave Coordinator is here to support employees who are faced with the need to be off of work for an extended period.
     
    Under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), if you have more than 12 months of service with OUSD and have worked at least 1,250 hours in the 12 month period before the date you want to begin your unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons such as;
     
    • Employee’s own illness
    • Illness of a spouse, parent or child
    • Pregnancy Disability Leave and recovery from birth
    • Military Leave

     

    Under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA) also known as ‘parental bonding’, if you have more than 12 months of service with OUSD before the date you want to begin your leave, you may have a right to take unpaid, job-protected leave (CFRA leave). This leave may be up to 12 workweeks in a 12-month period for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of your child. 

     

    Even if you are not eligible for CFRA Leave, if you are disabled by pregnancy, childbirth or a related medical condition, you are entitled to take a pregnancy disability leave to up to four months, depending on your period(s) of actual disability. If you are CFRA-eligible, you have certain rights to take BOTH a pregnancy disability leave and CFRA leave for reason of the birth of your child. Both leave contain a guarantee of reinstatement – for pregnancy disability it is to the same position and for CFRA it is to the same or a comparable position – at the end of the leave, subject to any defense allowed under the law.

     

    If applicable, you may choose (or the District may require you) to use accrued paid leave such as sick leave, vacation/non-schedule (if applicable), or personal leave), concurrently with some or all of your FMLA/CFRA leave. A detailed explanation of substituting paid leave is outlined on page 3 of the FMLA/CFRA application

     

    OUSD requires certification from your licensed health care provider before allowing you a leave for pregnancy disability or for your own serious health condition. OUSD also requires certification from a licensed health provider of your child, parent or spouse, who has a serious health condition, before allowing you a leave to care for that family member. When medically necessary, leave may be taken on an intermittent or reduced work schedule. A Licensed Healthcare Provider Certification can be found on page 7  of the FMLA/CFRA Information Package

     

     

    How do I apply for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    and/or California Family Rights Act (CFRA)?

     

     

    SITUATION- Own Illness (two or more weeks)*: 

     

    Step 1: Scan/Email medical note to Nely.Gebhardt@ousd.org

     

    Step 2: Nely Gebhardt will generate a tentative personalized leave outline and email it to you and give you access to schedule an interactive conference call where we can discuss changes or answer any questions. 

     

    Step 3: Email outline to your Supervisor and administrative assistant, if applicable.

     

    *If you are on medical leave for less than 2 weeks, please scan/email the medical note to your supervisor/administrative assistant.   

     

      

      

    SITUATION- Maternity Leave

     

    Step 1: Schedule a conference call to discuss leave options. Click Link HERE 

     

    Step 2: Scan/email your  medical note with your name and due date to nely.gebhardt@ousd.org

     

    Step 3: Nely Gebhardt will generate a tentative personalized leave outline and email it to you and give you access to schedule an interactive conference call where we can discuss changes or answer any questions.

     

    Step 4: Nely will make corrections and email you the updated leave outline, medical documents, next steps and informational documentation. 

     

    Step 5: Email your leave outline to your Supervisor and administrative assistant. 

      

    Upon the baby’s arrival:

     

    Step 6: Within 30 days of the baby’s birth, email Nely Gebhardt with the following documents:

    1. OUSD election form 
    2. Kaiser or Sutter Health application
    3. Birth Verification

    Please include if there have been any changes to the start of your Maternity Leave, i.e working longer or left early. 

     

    Step 7: Updated leave outline will be emailed to you. 

     

    Step 8: Please email Nely Gebhardt upon return. 

     

     

     

    SITUATION- Paternity Leave (CFRA)

     

    Step 1: Schedule a conference call to discuss leave options. Click Link HERE 

     

    Step 2: Scan/email your  medical note with your partner’s name and due date to nely.gebhardt@ousd.org AND date range when you are planning to start and end your paternity leave. 

     

    Step 3: Nely Gebhardt will generate a tentative personalized leave outline and email it to you and give you access to schedule a conference call if you have any questions.

     

    Step 4: Email your leave outline to your Supervisor and administrative assistant. 

     

    Upon the baby’s arrival:

     

    Step 5: Within 30 days of the baby’s birth, email Nely Gebhardt with the following documents:

    1. OUSD election form 
    2. Kaiser or Sutter Health application
    3. Birth Verification

     

    Step 7: If applicable, you will complete an intermittent leave request form at least 30 days in advance, to request additional time. 

     

     

     

    SITUATION- Caring for Parent, Child or Spouse

     

    Step 1: Schedule a conference call to discuss leave options. Click Link HERE 

     

    Step 2: Scan/email your  medical note stating you need to care for a family member with a start and end date and frequency to week or month to nely.gebhardt@ousd.org

     

    Step 3: Nely Gebhardt will generate a tentative personalized leave outline and email it to you and give you access to schedule a conference call if you have any questions. 

     

    Step 4: Email your leave outline to your Supervisor and administrative assistant. 

     
     
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