UC is a family-friendly employer, with a wealth of programs, policies and resources to support you and your family. These include:

Pay for Family Care and Bonding

Family and Medical Leave (FML) provides job protection when employees need time off for a number of reasons, consistent with federal and state law. The Pay for Family Care and Bonding (PFCB) program, effective July 1, 2021, gives employees the option to replace some of the income they would otherwise lose during their approved leave.

The PFCB pay option provides income replacement of 100% of eligible earnings for up to eight workweeks per calendar year to replace the income that employees would otherwise lose during an approved Family and Medical Leave taken for a qualifying reason. 

Time off for baby bonding

The federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the California Family Rights Act allow up to 12 work weeks of leave to bond with your newborn or newly adopted child. If your leave qualifies under both statutes, it runs concurrently under both.

UC will continue to pay its portion of benefits premiums while you are on leave. You may use any amount of vacation days or unpaid leave and up to 30 days of sick leave for this purpose. See the Absence from Work policy and Pregnancy, Newborn Child and Adopted Child Fact Sheet for details.

Family care leave

You may take up to 12 work weeks in a calendar year to care for yourself or an ill family member with a Family and Medical Leave. See the Absence from Work policy and the Family and Medical Leave Fact Sheet for more information.

You may use up to 30 days of sick leave to care for ill family members or others residing in your household not covered by Family and Medical Leave.

Accommodations for breastfeeding parents

Campus resources

Time off for a child’s school activities

You may take up to 40 hours per year (maximum of eight hours per month) for your child’s school activities. See the Absence from Work policy for details

Support for staff serving in the military and family members of service members

In some cases, if you are on active military duty, you may be eligible for supplemental pay equal to the difference between your military pay and your UC pay. See the Supplement to Military Pay policy for more information

UC provides up to 26 weeks of Military Caregiver Leave to care for a family member or next of kin who is a covered service member undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy for a serious injury or illness.

If you are the spouse, domestic partner, child or parent of a covered member of the military when that member is on active duty or called to active duty, you may take Qualifying Exigency Leave for a number of activities including military ceremonies, childcare and school activities for the military member’s child, and the military member’s short-term rest and recuperaton. See the Absence from Work policy for more information.

Faculty and Staff Assistance Program

All locations provide assistance programs, which offer free, confidential problem assessment and referral for faculty and staff for a wide range of issues, including:

  • Child and teenager problems
  • Couples and marital issues
  • Elder and dependent adult care
  • Depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems
  • Grief and loss
  • Alcohol, drug and other addictions

Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports

UC provides eligible faculty and staff with membership in Bright Horizons Enhanced Family Supports which can help you find:

  • Care programs for children and elders 
  • Education support for your family
  • Enrichment opportunities and parenting resources and events

Academic and Summer Camps

Check your campus website for academic and summer camps for children of all ages.