Lawrence Tech provides a variety of leave of absences. The type of leave that employees are eligible for is dependent upon a variety of factors, including the employee's employment category and job classification. The types of leaves described in the Employee Handbook for Administrators, Faculty and Staff may apply to all eligible employees. Other types of leaves may be available to employees in specific employee classifications and are described in either the Faculty Handbook or Employee Handbook Addendum Administrators and Staff Only. The types of leaves include:

Leaves under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

  • Family Leave
  • Medical Leave
  • Military Family Leave

Other (Non-FMLA) Leaves


Leaves Applicable to Faculty Only


Leaves under Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Lawrence Tech complies with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 and 2009, as revised.  An eligible employee may request up to 12 work weeks of unpaid job-and benefit-protected leave of absence during a 12-month period for certain family and medical reasons. An eligible employees may request up to 26 weeks for a servicemember caregiver leave. 

Unpaid leave must be granted for any of the following reasons:

  • To care for your child after birth, or placement for adoption or foster care;
  • To care for your spouse, son, daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition;
  • For a serious health condition that makes you unable to perform your job;
  • In situations of qualifying exigency to be with an employee’s spouse, parent or child if said person is an active servicemember or has an impending call to active duty in support of a contingency operation;
  • For the care of an injured servicemember if the servicemember is the employee’s spouse, child, parent, or “next of kin”. The servicemember caregiver FMLA leave can be elected to be taken for up to 26 weeks in a 12-month period.

The Employee Guide to the FMLA answer common FMLA questions and clarify who can take FMLA leave and what protections the FMLA provides.

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Other (Non-FMLA) Leaves

Lawrence Tech provides other types of leaves for its employees. Additional provisions regarding the leaves are contained in the Employee Handbook Addendum for Administrators and Staff Only.

Bereavement Leave

Employees who wish to take time off due to the death of an immediate family member, in order to attend to necessary arrangements and the funeral, should notify their supervisor immediately. Up to three working days of paid bereavement leave will be provided to regular full-time and introductory full-time employees.

Definition of Immediate Family

Lawrence Tech defines "immediate family" as the employee's spouse, parent, child, sibling; the employee's spouse's parent, child, or sibling; the employee's child's spouse; grandparents or grandchildren.

Jury Duty

Lawrence Tech encourages employees to fulfill their civic responsibilities by serving jury duty when required.

Military Leave

A military leave of absence will be granted to employees, except those occupying temporary positions, to attend scheduled drills or training or if called to active duty with the U.S. armed services.

Personal Leave (Staff and Non-Academic Administrative Employees Only)

Lawrence Tech provides leaves of absence without pay to eligible regular full-time Staff and Administrative employees who wish to take time off from work duties to fulfill personal obligations.

Time off to Vote

Lawrence Tech encourages employees to fulfill their civic responsibilities by participating in elections. Generally, employees are able to find time to vote either before or after their regular work schedule. If employees are unable to vote in an election during their nonworking hours, the employee may request in writing up to one hour of paid time off to vote.

Witness Duty

Lawrence Tech encourages employees to appear in court for witness duty when subpoenaed to do so. If employees have been subpoenaed to testify as a witness, they will receive paid time off for the entire period of witness duty minus any compensation received from the court, or the litigants.

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Leaves of Absence Applicable to Faculty Only

Faculty may be granted a leave of absence for professional purposes or for personal reasons. Additional details regarding the leave provisions are contained in the Faculty Handbook.

Sabbatical Leaves

The University may grant a sabbatical leave with pay and benefits to qualified faculty members, with six or more years of continued University service in a tenured or tenure-track position. Sabbatical leaves may be granted for the purpose of professional development, government or community service, research, skill training, or academic improvement. 

Leaves of Absence Without Pay

Faculty may receive unpaid leaves of absence from their normal academic responsibilities for personal or professional reasons. 


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Benefits During Leaves

During FMLA leave, the employee's health coverage and most other benefits are maintained as if the employee had continued to work. During other leave types, the employee's health coverage and other benefits may or may not continue. In the event of a lost of coverage, the employee's health coverage may be continued through COBRA. For additional information, access:

Benefits During Leaves

Pay During Leaves

Apply for Leave of Absence

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Lawrence Tech in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university's right to modify, amend or terminate them.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the benefits information in this site. However, if any provision on the benefits plans is unclear or ambiguous, the Office of Human Resources reserves the right to interpret the plan and resolve the problem. If any inconsistency exists between this site and the written plans or contracts, the actual provisions of each benefit plan will govern. Lawrence Tech in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents.

Notice of Non-Discrimination Policy

Lawrence Tech adheres and conforms to all applicable federal, state and local civil rights regulations, statutes and ordinances. No person, student, faculty or staff member will knowingly be discriminated against relative to the above statutes. Lawrence Tech is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Notice of Disability Services

In compliance with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application and/or interview process should notify the Office of Human Resources for assistance.

Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to or call 248.204.2151 for assistance.