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Leaves and Salary Continuation Resources

As of December 31, 2020, all COVID-19 paid leave programs have expired. Employees continuing to need time off for COVID-19 related issues, should contact their campus Human Resources Office. Employees may be eligible to use sick leave and/or vacation balances or request an unpaid leave of absence.


The CSU has implemented four temporary paid leave programs to ensure salary continuation for eligible employees. To access these programs, employees must select the applicable leave type (TLP, CPAL, FFCRA or NTWL), complete and submit the signed applicable request form to your campus Human Resources department. For more information on leaves, please contact your campus Human Resources department.​

Coronavirus Temporary Leave P​​rogram (TLP)

 In accordance with Chancellor White's March 17, 2020 message to employees of the need to telecommute as a safeguard against the coronavirus, he acknowledged special considerations are to be given to employees age 65 or older and/or who have a chronic medical condition(s) as defined by the Center for Disease Prevention Control.

Coronavirus Paid Administrative Leave Program (C​​PAL)

 In accordance with CSU policy, most employees (exempt and non-exempt) including student employees are eligible to receive a one-time allotment of up to 32 days (256 hours) of paid administrative leave from March 23, 2020, through December 31, 2020, that can only be used due to COVID-19 related absences, subject to the following conditions:

  • All hours must be used by close of business on December 31, 2020 at which time any remaining allotted hours will expire.
  • The hours may be used at any time during this designated period including intermittently, in consultation with the appropriate administrator, provided that such use shall not adversely affect the delivery of essential university services.

The number of hours of paid administrative leave for employees who work less than full-time shall be prorated according to the employee's percent or time base of their appointment.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

The federal government enacted FFCRA in response to the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). FFCRA enacted both the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA) and the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA). FFCRA requires public employers to provide paid sick leave to employees unable to work (or unable to work remotely) for specified reasons relating to COVID-19. The Act is effective April 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

FFCRA provides employees the following benefits under specific conditions related to COVID-19, if unable to work (or unable to work remotely).

FFCR​A Poster​

Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (EPSLA)

Two weeks (up to 80 hours) of paid sick leave at the employee's regular rate of pay when the employee is unable to work (or telework) because the employee is quarantined or has a bona fide need to care for an individual subject to quarantine (pursuant to Federal, State, or local government order, or advice of a health care provider), experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and seeking a medical diagnosis, and/or to care for a child whose school or child care provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act (EFMLEA)

Up to an additional 12 weeks of expanded family and medical leave, of which 10 weeks are paid at the employee's regular rate of pay, and when an employee, who has been employed for at least 30 calendar days, is unable to work (or telework) due to a bona fide need for leave to care for a child whose school or childcare provider is closed or unavailable for reasons related to COVID-19.

Non-Telecommuting Workers L​​​eave (NTWL)

 In accordance with CSU policy​​, NTWL provides an additional paid leave of up to 38 days (304 hours) beginning May 1, 2020, through June 30, 2020, subject to the following conditions:

  • ​ You are not assigned to work on site.
  • You cannot work remotely based on your duties.
  • You have exhausted the hours available to you under COVID Temporary Paid Administrative Leave (CPAL).
  • You have a time base (exempt or non-exempt) and duration of appointment that qualifies for standard benefits as specified in the CSU Benefits Eligibility Administrative Guide, even if you do not currently subscribe to benefits through the CSU.
  • All hours expire on June 30, 2020, or until such time the employee is required to return to work, whichever occurs first.​

Campus Information

Please check your campus for specific information.