Employee Leaves of Absence

The thought of something being wrong with yourself or a family member is scary. Sometimes trying to maneuver your way through the paperwork and all that doctor speak can be overwhelming. Leave benefits are available to you depending on a number of elements in your employment status here at SUNY Geneseo. This page is created to assist you with all your leave needs in regards to FMLA, Workers' Compensation, and Paid Family Leave.

My name is Kim and I am the Leaves Manager for SUNY Geneseo. My job is to help you navigate this stressful time. I can do that by providing guidance and answering your questions. If you can not find what you are looking for here, contact me or a member of the Human Resources and Payroll Services Office at 585-245-5616.

Contact Info

Human Resources 
(585)245-5616 Phone
(585)245-5998 Fax

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, as amended, (FMLA or Act) allows eligible employees of a covered employer to take job-protected, unpaid leave, or to substitute appropriate paid leave if the employee has earned or accrued it, for up to a total of 12 workweeks in any 12 months for:

  • the birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;
  • the placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the newly placed child within one year of placement;
  • to care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential functions of his or her job;
  • any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” or
  • Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the service member’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

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Steps to apply FMLA

  1. Complete the Leave Request Form with as much notice as possible preferably 30 days or as soon as possible
  2. Submit to your supervisor for appropriate signatures, they will forward it to Doty Hall 318
  3. Take appropriate WH380 document to health care provider for completion have them return to HR fax (585)245 5998
  4. Read all documents received from HR and take action if needed
  5. Complete timesheets using the FMLA adjustment reason
  6. Complete Return to Work documents if on a continuous leave, submit to HR 48 hours prior to expected return date
    • You can't return to work until you have clearance from Human Resources, if you return to work without clearance from HR you will be sent home

NYS Paid Family Leave

NYS Paid Family Leave (PFL) is only available to eligible employees who are currently UUP and MC (13/06). PFL is paid leave at a percentage of your weekly average salary without charge to your accruals capped at the State Average Weekly Wage.



The employee’s average weekly wage is established based on the average of the employee’s last eight weeks of pay received during the employee’s regular professional obligation prior to starting Paid Family Leave. The amount will be determined by dividing either the last 8 weeks of wages that the employee was working immediately preceding the first day of PFL, or the closest 8 weeks of wages prior to start of the PFL leave, whichever results in the higher amount.

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