University of California, San Diego

February 13, 1996
SUBJECT: Family School Partnership Act
This Notice is provided to clarify the University's obligation to
provide employees with time off pursuant to the Family School Partnership Act which was chartered last year.
An employee is eligible for time off to participate in the school activities of one or more of the employee's children if:
(1) The child is in Kindergarten or grades 1 through 12, and
(2) The employee is the child's parent or guardian, or a grandparent
who has custody of the child.
An employee wishing to take time off must give reasonable notice of the planned absence and may be requested to provide certification from the child's school. Covered activities may include, but are not limited to, PTA meetings, parent/teacher conferences, or field trips.
An employee is required to use accrued vacation and/or compensatory time off unless otherwise provided by a collective bargaining agreement entered into before January 1, 1995. If accrued leave is not
available, an employee may use leave without pay.
All large employers, including the University of California and State agencies, are now prohibited from discharging or discriminating against an employee for taking up to 40 hours off each school year, but not to exceed eight hours a calendar month.
Employees who are discriminated against in the terms and conditions of their employment because of time taken pursuant to the Act are entitled to reinstatement and reimbursement for lost wages and work benefits. The law provides that an employer who willfully refuses to rehire, promote, or otherwise restore an employee or former employee who is eligible for rehire or promotion by a grievance procedure, arbitration, or legal proceedings shall be subject to civil penalties equal to three times
the amount of the employee's lost wages and work benefits.
If you have questions, please contact Jonnie Craig via email at jcraig@ucsd or at extension 49659.
Rogers Davis
Assistant Vice Chancellor -
Human Resources