Western Organization for Women

Resources: Family Leave

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), certain employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job protected leave for a variety of reasons, including the need to care for a spouse, child or parent who has a serious health condition. With the employer's approval, paid leave such as sick time or vacation time can be substituted for the unpaid FMLA leave.

Board of Trustees Regulations for all employees
BOT Regs (II.A.9.1) for purposes
Faculty, ASPs, and Administrative Employees
The sections on Parental Leave in both Article 27 and Article 41 of the UPI Agreement state that an employee also has the right to additional time off as provided for in the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993. Application for FMLA
Civil Service Employees
To apply for FMLA, contact Human Resources (298-1971). Civil Service Handbook section on FMLA
U.S. Department of Labor
Family & Medical Leave Act page

Some of WOW's Successes

Though these issues continue to require our attention, support, and advocacy, some of the ways WOW has made WIU a better place for all include:

  • Getting a dedicated Women's Studies program Degree Program
  • Documenting the need, advocating for, and raising the funds to establish a Women's Center
  • Establishing more equity on spending for the women's sports teams
  • Getting women's personal product bins in women's bathrooms
  • Advocating for more representation in administrative decision-making positions on campus
  • A Landmark study on salary equity
  • WIU's Parental Leave benefits
  • Dedicated Lactation Rooms on campus

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