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Employees may take a leave of absence to care for a child either before or after birth or placement with the employee for adoption or foster care and thus are entitled to Paid Maternity / Paternity / Adoption Leave according to what their bargaining unit specifies. Additionally, an employee out on pregnancy disability may qualify for Nonindustrial Disability Insurance.

How to Initiate a Parental Leave

Contact Human Resources located in the Joyal Administration Building -  Rm 211, at (559) 278-2032 and make an appointment. If you are unable to come to the office for an appointment, please call 278-2032 and speak to your Leave Coordinator for more information. The required forms and doctor’s verification are listed below.

Requirements for Leave

To participate, an employee must complete the following:

  • Family and Medical Leave Notice and Request Form (if you are eligible; please see Your Rights Under FMLA for more information).
  • Certification of Health Care Provider
  • Request for Leave of Absence Form
  • Doctor’s Verifications:
    • Doctor’s Verification for disability due to pregnancy (Maternity Leave Only).
    • Doctor’s Verification to release you to work (Maternity Leaves only. Usually given at the doctor’s appointment six to eight weeks post partum. Family Medical Leave will begin after the doctor releases you.)
    • For Paternity, a doctor’s verification from the mother’s doctor.
    • For Adoption/Foster Care, a copy of the adoption forms.

Supplemental Programs

Medical Leaves of Absence

Types of Leave Programs

Usage of Leave Credits

Roles and Responsibilities

Assigned Leave Coordinator

Initiate a Leave of Absence


Leave Related Forms


Medical Leave Application

Rights and Responsibilities

Certification of Health Care Provider for Employee

Certification of Health Care Provider for Family Member

Certification of Health Care Provider for Paternity

Notice & Request Form


How to File a Claim


Catastrophic Leave

Option Sheet