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Military Family Leave


  • The FMLA provides two types of Military Family Leave entitlements. The first is Military Exigency Leave (MEL) and the second is Service Member Care Leave (SMCL).
  • For both MEL and SCML employees must meet the same CSU FML eligibility requirements in terms of their employment service and the amount of time worked in the previous 12 months.

Military Exigency Leave (MEL):

Eligible family members are entitled to take up to 12 weeks in a 12-month period for “qualifying exigencies” arising out of a covered military member’s active duty status, or call to active duty, in support of a contingency operation or deployment to a foreign country.

  • The employee is required to exhaust appropriate leave credits prior to going on any unpaid portion of the Military Exigency Leave.
  • This leave may be taken intermittently and it will be counted against the CSU FML entitlement.

Service Member Care Leave (SMCL):

Service Member Care Leave provides an eligible employee who is the spouse, registered domestic partner (CSU policy), son, daughter, parent, or “next of kin” of an injured, covered service member with up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave in a single 12-month period to care for that family member.

  • CSU policy requires the eligible employee to exhaust appropriate leave credits prior to taking unpaid leave.

Requesting Military Family Leave:

  • Please contact the HR Benefits Department at 909-537- 5143 to schedule an appointment to receive and discuss necessary paperwork.