Eligible employees may donate accrued vacation leave to another eligible employee for use as sick leave during a catastrophic illness or injury, or for use as vacation leave during a family member’s catastrophic illness or injury. Eligible employees are faculty and staff who accrue vacation.
When leave is medically necessary due to an employee's own catastrophic illness or injury, contributions to that employee are converted to sick leave. The contributions are used when the employee has exhausted all the leave (sick leave, vacation, converted sick leave and compensatory time) to which they are entitled, and has not yet satisfied the 90 working day waiting period for long-term disability benefits.
The catastrophic leave program can be used for maternity leave if the employee does not have enough sick leave and vacation accrued to cover the six weeks (8 weeks for cesarean section) following the birth of a baby. The program is only available for maternity leave to cover the 6 week period immediately following the birth of a child. Non medically-related bonding time beyond the six week period must be taken as unpaid leave.
When leave is necessary for a catastrophic illness or injury in an employee’s family (spouse, domestic partner, child, or parent), contributions to that employee are converted to vacation. The contributions are used when the employee has exhausted all the Family Caregiving Leave, vacation, and compensatory time to which they are entitled.