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Dependent Care

Depedent Care

  • Adoption consultation services and referrals are available through UTEAP. You may contact UTEAP 24/7 at 713-500-3327 or (800) 346-3549, online at www.uteap.org, or in person at 7000 Fannin, Suite 1670, Houston, TX 77030.
 
  • Adult Care referral services and information on adult disabilities, government programs, housing, home care and care givers are some of the resources available through UTEAP. You may contact UTEAP 24/7 at 713-500-3327 or 1-800-346-3549, online at www.uteap.org, or in person at 7000 Fannin, Suite 1670, Houston, TX 77030.
 
  • Child Care referral services and information on center care, family day care, back-up day care, in-home care, preschool, after school programs, and summer camps are available through UTEAP. You may contact UTEAP 24/7 at (713) 500-3327 or (800) 346-3549, online at www.uteap.org, or in person at 7000 Fannin, Suite 1670, Houston, TX 77030.
 
  • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts are available to benefits-eligible employees. It allows employees to deduct money from their salary before taxes and places the money into an account to pay for child care or elderly care expenses. New employees must enroll in a dependent care account within 31 days of their hire date and current employees must do so during open enrollment. It is irrevocable for the plan year unless there is a qualifying family status change which allows you to enroll, cancel, or change the amount of your reimbursement account. A change form must be submitted within 30 days of the family status change to initiate the change. Any money not used by the end of the fiscal year is forfeited.
 
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows employees who have completed one year of service and have worked at least 1,250 hours in the preceding 12 months to take up to a total of 12 weeks of unpaid leave in any 12 month period for the birth or adoption of a child; the placement of a child with the employee for adoption or foster care; care for a child, spouse or parent with a serious health condition; or the employee's own serious health condition.
 
  • Also, there are two Military Leaves that fall under FMLA. These are:
      • Active Duty Leave: Up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave may be granted because of any qualifying exigency for a spouse, child, or parent of a service member who is on active duty, or notified of an impending call or order to active duty in the Armed Forces (including the Reserves and National Guard, in support of a contingency operation); and,
      • Military Caregiver Leave: Up to 26 weeks of unpaid leave during a 12‐month period may be granted to an employee who is the spouse, child, parent or next of kin of a service member undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy, who is otherwise in outpatient status, or who is otherwise on the temporary disability retired list for a serious illness.
 
  • Foster Parent Leave allows employees who are foster parents to a child entitlement to a paid leave of absence to attend staff meetings held by the Department of Family and Protective Services regarding the foster child. In addition, the employee may use this leave to attend meetings held by a school district regarding the foster child.
 
  • Parental Leave allows employees with less than 12 months of state service or who have worked less than 1,250 hours in the 12‐month period immediately preceding the commencement of leave are eligible to take a parental leave of absence, not to exceed 12 weeks.
 
  • Parent-Teacher Conference Leave allows an employee to use up to eight hours of sick leave each fiscal year to attend parent‐teacher conference sessions for the employee’s children who are in pre‐kindergarten through twelfth grade.
 
  • Sick Child Care referral services and information is available through UTEAP. You may contact UTEAP 24/7 at 713-500-3327 or 1-800-346-3549, online at www.uteap.org, or in person at 7000 Fannin, Suite 1670, Houston, TX 77030.

    (***Note that you need to contact UTEAP at least 48 hours in advance for the back-up and/or sick child care referrals. Once you receive your referral information, you need to contact the provider and go through their registration process. It would be a good plan to have this set up before the need arises.)
 
  • Sick Leave is earned by benefits-eligible employees. Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave per month of employment. Part‐time employees earn pro‐rated sick leave hours based on the percentage of time worked. Employees may use their sick leave when an immediate family member (refer to policy for definition) is ill and the employee needs to care for them.
 
  • School links to Houston area charted, private, and public schools.


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Last updated or reviewed on 1/31/11

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