FMLA Calculation for Calcasieu Parish School Board
“Look Forward” Versus “Fiscal-Year” Methods
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides eligible employees with 12-work weeks of qualifying leave within a 12-month period. Effective January 1, 2019, the School Board’s method for calculating the 12-month period will change to a “look-forward” method. This announcement fulfills the requirement to provide 60-days’ notice of the change to all employees. During the transition period, employees taking FMLA between now and December 31, 2018 will do so under whichever method yields the greatest benefit to the employee.
Current Method: The School Board currently uses a “fiscal year” method for calculating an eligible employee’s 12-week entitlement of Family Medical Leave (FMLA) during a 12-month period. Using this method an employee is entitled to 12 weeks of leave during each fiscal year which starts on July 1 and ends on June 30.
New Method: Effective January 1, 2019, the method for calculating the 12-month period will change to a “look forward” method. Using this method an employee is entitled to 12 weeks of leave during the year beginning on the first date FMLA is taken and measured forward 12 months. The next 12-month eligibility period would begin the first time FMLA leave is taken after completion of any previous 12-month period.
Example: An employee takes FMLA leave for the first-time beginning October 1, 2019. The employee in this case is entitled to 12 weeks of a qualified FMLA leave taken either continuously or intermittently through September 30, 2020. On October 1, 2020 or thereafter the employee will begin a new 12-month eligibility period for FMLA beginning on the first date FMLA is taken.
A copy of the School Board’s updated FMLA policy is available on the School Board’s website and in the School Board’s Personnel Department at 3310 Broad Street, Lake Charles, Louisiana. For questions regarding changes to the FMLA, contact Deb Guidry at 337-217-4040 ext. 2004.
“Building Foundations for the Future.”
Our family of employees embraces the teamwork associated with Building Foundations for the Future in Calcasieu Parish. The work of all of our employee groups within the school system, in coordination with parents and other community stakeholders, helps to foster the educational skills and life experiences that make our students unique.
Each employee in the school system has a critical role in the teaching process. Our classroom teachers are the cornerstone of the daily learning process. They are instructors, mentoring students along the educational path. School support personnel also play an integral part in the teaching process, whether it be para-professionals aiding each day’s progress, bus drivers ushering students to school, school lunch technicians providing healthy meals in a clean environment, or custodians presenting a safe, clean learning environment. Administrators tie the teaching process together through daily interaction and by building the bridge between our schools and communities.
Each group of CPSB employees understands the importance of the words “Building Foundations for the Future.” And it is this investment in public education that continues to make Calcasieu Parish a stable, prosperous community.
Karl BruchhausSuperintendent of Schools