ARTICLE XIV. UNPAID LEAVE
SECTION A: MILITARY LEAVE
A House Officer, who is in good standing and who informs his Program Director that he intends to continue his current residency program at the University, shall be granted a leave of absence without pay for the period of required active duty when he (1) is inducted for active duty military service through the selective service system or (2) volunteers for active duty military service rather than being inducted or (3) is assigned to alternate service through the selective service system in lieu of being inducted. Following such a leave of absence, the House Officer, who receives a certificate of satisfactory completion of service, applies for reinstatement within ninety (90) days after release from active duty, and is still qualified to perform as a House Officer, shall be returned to House Officer responsibilities and duties at the appropriate House Officer level. Such return shall be at substantially the same point in time as the date of departure and continue at least until the following June 30, provided performance during this period is satisfactory.
SECTION B: PERSONAL LEAVE
At his/her request, a House Officer may be granted a leave of absence without pay at the discretion of his/her Program Director.
SECTION C: CHILD CARE LEAVE
Following the birth of an employee's child or following adoption or foster placement of a child under age eighteen (18), or over age eighteen (18) and incapable of self- care because of a mental or physical disability, a House Officer shall be granted a leave of absence without pay for not more than twelve (12) calendar weeks. A House Officer who is in good standing and informs his/her Program Director that he/she intends to continue his/her residency program at the University shall be granted an extension of this leave of absence without pay for an additional two (2) months. The initial leave and extension cannot exceed five (5) months, and may be at any point within the first year of birth, adoption or placement, but must be completed by the end of that period.
SECTION D: FAMILY CARE LEAVE
A House Officer who is unable to work because he/she is needed to care for a seriously ill family member will be granted an unpaid leave of absence for up to twelve (12) weeks every twelve (12) months. The twelve (12) weeks is reduced by any Serious Illness or Child Care leaves of absence taken in the previous twelve (12) months. For this purpose, "family member" is defined as the House Officer's spouse or domestic partner with whom the House Officer shares living accommodations and expenses; and, without regard to their place of residence, the child, sibling, parent, grandparent, or other related individual whose care is the responsibility of the House Officer, spouse or domestic partner.
SECTION E: BENEFIT CONTINUATION
Subject to and consistent with the Group Health Insurance Plan and Group Dental Assistance Plan, coverage, including University contributions, will be continued for up to twelve (12) weeks in each twelve (12) month period for House Officers during Child Care, and Family Care Leave
SECTION F: GENERAL CONDITIONS
Unless mutually agreed otherwise by the parties, the twelve (12) month period referenced in Family Care Leave and Benefit Continuation will be the period beginning each July 1 and continuing through the following June 30.
A House Officer may request and be granted paid vacation time in lieu of or prior to a Child Care, or Family Care Leave
When medically necessary, Family Care Leave may be taken on an intermittent or reduced effort basis, provided, however, the House Officer shall: a) make all reasonable efforts to schedule any required treatment(s) so as not to unduly disrupt the department's operations and, b) notify the Department as far in advance as possible. The total time off shall not exceed the limits described in Family Care Leave Information.
House Officers taking leaves on a reduced or intermittent basis may be reassigned to other assignments similar to the ones held before the leave which better accommodate leave taken on a reduced or intermittent basis. No reassignment shall result in a reduction of wages or benefit(s) levels which were in place prior to the leave.
Upon return from, or completion of, the first twelve (12) weeks of a Child Care, or Family Care Leave, the House Officer will immediately resume his/her assignment at the level prior to the leave.