Sick leave allows an employee paid time off during periods of personal illness, to obtain medical services or to care for immediate family members who are ill, and in circumstances of the death of a family member outside the scope of the Bereavement Leave Policy. Sick leave is a privilege and not a right.
- Regular employees employed twenty or more hours per week for a continuous period of not less than six months.
- Regular employees employed for less than twenty hours per week are not eligible to accrue sick leave.
- Employees may be granted sick leave when they are unable to perform duties because of 1) illness, injury, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions or 2) when absent for the purpose of obtaining health-related services not available outside of regular working hours.
- An employee may be granted sick leave when the absence is the result of serious illness or communicable disease within the employee's immediate family, established household, or in situations that place primary responsibility for care on the employee.
- Please refer to your department for specific procedures. Sick leave should be approved in advance when possible. Sudden illnesses that result in absence must be reported to the employee's supervisor as early as possible.
- Employees who are absent from work for more than three consecutive work days due to a qualifying reason under Family and Medical Leave will have the period of absence credited to their Family and Medical Leave entitlement.
What Happens to Your Benefits?
- This leave has no impact on your current benefits. Benefit premiums will continue to be deducted from your paycheck.
- Refer to your department for forms, if applicable.
Link to Policy
Q: Am I eligible for a sick balance pay-out upon my separation of employment?
A: Since sick leave is a privilege, not an earned right, no accumulated sick leave compensation is paid out in the event that an employee is discharged, dismissed, resigns, or dies. If separation of employment is due to retirement, or you are an ORP participant, please contact Human Resources at 621-3662 for information that pertains to your case.
Q: Am I able to use sick leave during a UA recognized holiday?
A: If a holiday falls within a period of approved sick leave, this time off is charged as a holiday, not as sick leave time.
Q: My aunt lives nearby and is incapacitated due to an illness/injury. May I use sick leave to assist her?
A: Caring for your aunt does not meet the criteria defined in the policy. This situation may be considered under the vacation policy.