Types of Leave

Sometimes events occur in an employee’s life which may require a leave of absence. The Lab has a variety of leave of absence policies. Where eligible, an employee may request a full absence away from work, intermittent days off, or a reduction in work hours.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that grants an eligible employee up to 12 weeks/480 hours of unpaid, job- and benefit-protected leave in a calendar year

In addition to FMLA, employees are also covered under the California Family Rights Act (CFRA), which provides up to 12 weeks/480 hours of family and medical leave for reasons unrelated to pregnancy disability. This can include the employee’s own serious health condition, or that of a family member, but can also include care for a newborn child or recently placed adopted or foster child.

Pregnant employees, employees who are the partners of pregnant women, as well as adopting parents are eligible for various types of protected leaves of absence.

The Lab is implementing a new UC Systemwide Pay for Family Care and Bonding (PFCB) program which will go into effect on July 1, 2021. This program reflects last year’s milestone when the UC Council of Chancellors unanimously approved a recommendation for a new program providing pay for UC employees who take leave from work for family care and parental bonding.

With the Pay for Family Care and Bonding Program (see above) providing parental bonding in addition to other family care coverage, the Lab will sunset the current Paid Parental Leave policy after a one year transition period to ensure that non-represented employees who have a parental bonding qualifying event before July 1, 2021 are covered. Employees with qualifying events should work with the Integrated Disability and Absence Management (IDAM) team for advice on which coverage qualifies for each individual situation during the transition period

Postdocs are entitled to 4 weeks of paid parental leave, within one (1) year of birth or placement of the child .

Eligible employees whose spouse, son, daughter or parent is on covered active duty or called to covered active duty status may use their 12-week leave entitlement to address certain qualifying exigencies. Qualifying exigencies may include attending certain military events, arranging for alternative childcare, addressing certain financial and legal arrangements, attending certain counseling sessions and attending post-deployment reintegration briefings.

Berkeley Lab provides paid sick leave to continue the salary of eligible employees who are absent from work because of their own illness or injury; for medical appointments; for parental bonding; for family illness; or while on specified Administrative and California Leaves as outlined within the Sick Leave Policy or other related policies.