Qualifying Reasons and Eligibility for FML

UAGC Employees

UAGC employees' benefits service date will be credited toward FML eligibility.

Qualifying Reasons for FML

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you may take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave:

  • For the birth and care of your newborn child;
  • For the placement and care of a child following adoption or foster care assignment;
  • If you have a serious health condition;
  • If you need to care for your spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • If you have a “qualifying exigency,” because your spouse, child, or parent is a military member on covered active duty.

You may qualify for up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave if your spouse, child, or parent is a covered service member with a serious injury or illness, and you need to provide care.

FML may involve continuous leave, intermittent leave, or a reduced work schedule.


All University Staff, Appointed Personnel, Classified Staff, Student Workers, and Graduate assistants/Associates are eligible if they meet these criteria:

  1. Have been employed by the University for at least 12* months; and
  2. Have worked at least 1,250 hours (paid and unpaid absences or leaves do not count. Only the hours you actually worked are counted.) during the 12-month period immediately preceding the start of the FML; and
  3. Have not used their full FML allotment in the previous 12 months.

*The 12 months do not need to be consecutive. Prior employment periods separated by a break in service of less than 7 years will be considered. However, if your break in service was due to National Guard or Reserve military service obligations, your military service does not count as a break in employment.


Do you need more assistance? 

Main Campus, Satellite Offices and UA Health Sciences - Tucson 
Email: leaves@arizona.edu

UA Health Sciences Phoenix 
Email: hr-phx@arizona.edu