The basic policy pertaining to leave of absence with pay due to an incapacitating illness or injury shall be that stated in the applicable state rules.
For purposes of clarification and uniformity, the following definition of family shall apply:
Individuals considered to be members of the family are the employee's spouse or same or opposite sex domestic partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sister or brother. It also includes individuals in the following relationships with the employee's spouse or domestic partner: child, parent and grandparent. "Child" also includes any child residing in the employee's home through foster care, legal guardianship or custody. Family members include those persons in a "step" relationship.
Upon termination of sick leave, crew members shall be returned to the vessel at the Employer's expense as soon as it is practical.
Section 3. Family Medical Leave Act Policy.
The Union agrees to follow a change in policy that the University may put in place for all University employees sometime during the life of the Agreement. The policy change will include a redesignation of the calendar year to a rolling twelve month period and may also require employees to utilize accrued leave prior to using leave without pay.