ARTICLE XV. UNPAID LEAVE
SECTION A. MILITARY LEAVE
A House Officer, who is in good standing and who informs their Program Director that they intend to continue their 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 their request, a House Officer may be granted a leave of absence without pay at the discretion of their Program Director.
A House Officer who is completing a training program at the University, and has been accepted into an additional ACGME accredited training program at the University that does not begin immediately upon completion of the first program due to the University making the program's start date later than July 1st, will be placed on an unpaid personal leave of absence for the interim period, up to a maximum, of thirty-one (31) days. During that interim period, up to thirty-one (31) days, the House Officer will remain eligible for University benefits, and will be required to make the standard employee contributions to that coverage.
SECTION C. FAMILY MEDICAL CARE LEAVE
A House Officer who is unable to work because they are 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, Maternity or Parental leaves of absence taken in the previous twelve (12) months. For this purpose, "family member" is defined as the House Officer's spouse or other qualified adult as defined by University policy; 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 other qualified adult.
For House Officers who qualify for Family and Medical Leave Act benefits under University policy, Family Medical Care Leave as described in this section may be counted toward their annual FMLA leave entitlement. However, a House Officer need not be eligible for FMLA leave in order to receive the Family Medical Care Leave described in this section.
SECTION D. 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 Family Medical Care Leave
SECTION E. GENERAL CONDITIONS
Unless mutually agreed otherwise by the parties, the twelve (12) month period referenced in Family Medical Care Leave and Benefit Continuation will be an annual twelve (12) consecutive calendar month period commencing on the House Officer's date of hire.
When medically necessary, Family Medical 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 this Article.
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 Family Care Leave, the House Officer will immediately resume their assignment at the level prior to the leave.