UTMB has established a Family Leave Pool to provide benefits-eligible employees with an additional source of paid leave if they have exhausted all available accruals and need time away from work for one of the following reasons:
- Birth of a child
- Serious illness of an employee or immediate family member, including a pandemic-related illness
- Care and bonding of a child under the age of 1, adoption or foster care placement of a child under 18 years of age, or the placement of any person 18 years of age or older requiring guardianship
- Extenuating circumstance created by an ongoing pandemic, including providing essential care to an immediate family member
Employees who meet the eligibility requirements may request to receive up to 90 days of paid leave through the Family Leave Pool. Withdrawals from the pool will be considered on an individual basis, and the number of hours granted to recipient employees
will depend on the size of the pool at the time of request.
Donating Accrued Hours to the Family Leave Pool
To fund the Family Leave Pool, employees may donate accrued vacation and/or sick leave hours. Donations to the pool must be made in 8-hour increments, and there is no limit to the number of hours that may be donated.
Donor employees will be asked at the time of donation to indicate if they would like their donated hours to be used for medical or non-medical reasons.
Please be advised that the dollar value of hours donated for non-medical reasons will be included in the donor employee’s taxable income for the pay period during which the donation is made, and UTMB will withhold taxes from the donor employee’s
paycheck. The donor employee’s earnings must be sufficient to cover the taxes in order for the donation to be executed. Hours donated for medical reasons will not be considered taxable income, and no taxes will be withheld from the donor employee’s
paycheck. Click here for more details about
making a donation to the Family Leave Pool.