HR Operations

Watch this page! Information will be updated with the launch of Workday and the Integrated Service Center (ISC) on June 27, 2017.

As of June 19, 2017, the current UW payroll system (HEPPS; OPUS) and other legacy systems, including Employee Self Service (ESS) and OWLS, will no longer accept edits and will be converted to read-only in preparation for Workday go-live. Learn more about how you can get ready for Workday by visiting the HR/Payroll Modernization Program website.

Laws and UW policies related to FMLA

There are several federal and state laws that apply to family and medical leave. Additionally, UW has several related policies.

Talk with your leave specialist if you have questions about any of these laws or policies.


Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
This federal law offers you a limited amount of unpaid, job-protected leave for certain family and medical reasons.

Washington Family Leave Act (FLA)
Very similar to FMLA, this state law offers additional unpaid, job-protected leave for pregnant employees, employees needing to care for a registered domestic partner, and employees with certain military qualifying exigencies. In most cases, FMLA and FLA run at the same time.

Washington Family Care Act (FCA)
This state law allows employees to use their paid leave to take time off from work to care for a family member with a serious health condition or to care for the employee’s child who requires treatment or supervision.

Washington Military Family Leave Act (MFLA)
If you are a spouse or registered domestic partner of a military service member, you may take up to 15 days of leave prior to deployment or when your spouse is on leave during a deployment. Leave under this state law is unpaid unless you use accrued paid leave.

To be eligible for MFLA leave, you need to work at least 20 hours per week on average. MFLA and FMLA may run at the same time.

University policies

Disability Leave Policy
This policy explains leave for reasons related to an employee’s own medical condition that prevents the employee from performing their essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation.

Leave Policy for Classified Non-Union Staff (APS 43.15)
This policy outlines leave options for classified non-union staff, including sick, annual, and parental leaves and leave without pay.

Leave Related to Active Military Duty (APS 45.4)
The policy on military duty includes provisions related to military family leave.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Coverage for University Employees (APS 45.5)
This policy reinforces the University’s compliance with the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

Policy on Reasonable Accommodation of Employees with Disabilities (APS 46.5)
This policy outlines the process for requesting reasonable accommodation for a disability.