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Family friendly resources for staff

UC values the contributions of every employee and has designed programs and policies to support you and your family. You can find all the details on UCnet, but here is a quick overview. 

Taking time off 

Volunteer for that field trip 

To help you stay involved in your child’s education, you can take up to 40 hours per year (up to eight hours per month) for your child’s school activities.  

Care for your family 

Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act, you’re eligible for time off to bond with your newborn or newly adopted child or to care for yourself or an ill family member. You may use up to 30 days of sick leave to care for ill family members or others residing in your household not covered by Family and Medical Leave. 

Support your family members in the military 

UC provides up to 26 weeks of Military Caregiver Leave to care for a family member or next of kin who is a covered service member undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy for a serious injury or illness. 

If you are the spouse, domestic partner, child or parent of a covered member of the military when that member is on active duty or called to active duty, you may take Qualifying Exigency Leave for activities such as military ceremonies, childcare and school activities for the military member’s child, and the military member’s short-term rest and recuperation.  

Learn more 

For all the details, contact your benefits office or check out these policies and fact sheets: 

Getting help when you need it 

Bright Horizons Care Advantage Family Care Resources 

UC provides eligible faculty and staff with membership in  Bright Horizons Care Advantage  which offers a full range of family care resources, including: 

  • A database of babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, tutors and more from Sittercity 
  • A nationwide network of senior care providers through Years Ahead 
  • Preferred enrollment at Bright Horizons centers and tuition discounts at participating network child care centers 
  • Cost-saving discounts on tutoring and test prep services

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program 

UCOP’s Faculty & Staff Assistance Program offers free, confidential problem assessment and referral for faculty and staff for a wide range of issues, including concerns about family relationships and parenting. 

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