Each fiscal year, 120 hours (prorated by FTE) of Veterans Health Leave is provided to veterans who seek medical, physical rehabilitation and/or mental health care administered by the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs.1 This leave can be used before using other applicable accrued time such as PTO or EIB.
All regular full-time and part-time (at least .5FTE/20 hours per week) benefits eligible employees who are veterans of the military are eligible for Veterans Health Leave.
Process for Using
- No documentation from a provider is required for this leave if the leave is for less than 4 days.
- If the leave is for 4 or more days, the employee and/or department must call the Leave Center (5-FMLA) to ensure compliance with federal leave statutes. Supporting documentation will be required.
- If the leave is for a chronic or reoccurring condition, Intermittent Family Medical Leave will apply.
STEP 2: Upon return, employee works with the timekeeper to ensure coding is appropriate.
See Kronos Pay Code List and Creating Departmental Time Off Procedures for assistance with using this or other types of leave.
Hours not used by the end of the fiscal year will expire. 120 hours (prorated by FTE) will replenish at the beginning of the fiscal year.
Abuse of Veterans Health Leave
Obtaining or using job-protected leave under false pretenses or by falsifying medical documents is subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. You must request Veterans Health Leave from your manager (if less than 4 days) or the Leave Center (if 4 or more days) prior to the time off, not after it is taken.
1 Texas Government Code Section 661.924