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How do FMLA and SSLB interact?

 
The Supplemental Sick Leave Bank (SSLB) and the Family Medical Leave (FML) programs are entirely separate programs which are administered by different departments in HISD. The Supplemental Sick Leave Bank program falls under the control of the Benefits department while the Family Medical Leave program falls under the control of Human Resources. The Supplemental Sick Leave Bank program is a membership based program which requires employees to actively enroll to become eligible for benefits, whereas the Family Medical Leave program is available to an employee who has worked for the District for at least 12 months and for 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months. As a result, certain employees are eligible to apply for the Family Medical Leave program but only members can apply for benefits from the Supplemental Sick Leave Bank. Employees are strongly encouraged to apply for both programs.
 
The Supplemental Sick Leave Bank and the Family Medical Leave programs are governed by different policies and regulation. Consequently the requirements to have an application approved under each program differ. Employees may qualify for one, both, or neither program. For example, an employee may be approved for days from the Supplemental Sick Leave Bank but not be approved for Family Medical Leave. Family Medical Leave can be used for time off to care for family members. The SSLB program does not extend coverage for time off to care for family members and only covers absences due to the member's illness or condition.