UTMB has established a Family Leave Pool to support benefits-eligible employees who have exhausted their leave accruals and need time away from work for one of the following reasons:
- Birth of a child
- 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
- Serious illness of an employee or immediate family member, including a pandemic-related illness
- Extenuating circumstance created by an ongoing pandemic, including providing essential care to an immediate family member
Employees who meet the eligibility criteria may now request to receive withdrawals from the pool. Withdrawals from the pool will be considered on an individual basis, and the number of hours granted will depend on the size of the pool at the time of request.
To fund the pool, employees may donate their accrued vacation and/or sick leave hours. Donations must be made in 8-hour increments, and there is no limit to the number of hours that may be donated.
Please see https://www.utmb.edu/hr/employees/fmla-and-sick-leave-pool-requests for more information.