Tuesday, January 15, 2008

New Unpaid Military Spouse/Domestic Partner Leave

From an information-rich email by Ronnie Grant, CSUEU Vice President for Organizing:

AB 392 (Stats. 2007 Chap. 361) provides for up to 10 days of unpaid leave for an employee who is the spouse/domestic partner of military personnel while that military personnel is on leave from a period of deployment, so both the employee and the military spouse/domestic partner can be on leave together.

Apparently, you do not have to exhaust your paid leave first: "The leave provisions of AB 392 shall not affect or prevent the CSU from allowing a qualified employee to take a leave to which the employee is otherwise entitled. Therefore, an employee who qualifies for such leave is eligible to utilize his/her available vacation leave credits, CTO or personal holiday at his/her request. However, if the employee chooses not to access his/her available leave credits, the leave should be documented via the 634 absence form with a note stating "Spouse/DP Military Leave.""

I recommend reading the whole HR 2007-19 memo.
From the summary portion of HR 2007-19:
Recently, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill (AB) 392 (Chapter 361), requiring employers to grant an unpaid leave of absence of up to ten (10) days to an employee who works at least an average of twenty (20) hours per week and also is the spouse or registered domestic partner of a qualified member of the military on leave from deployment. AB 392 is effective immediately, and is applicable to the California State University (CSU).
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