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 applied as sick leave. The contributions are applied when the employee has exhausted all paid sick leave, vacation, and compensatory time to which they are entitled, and has not yet satisfied the 90 working day waiting period for long-term disability benefits. This is reviewed on a monthly basis.
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 (eight weeks for cesarean section) following the birth of a baby. The program is available for maternity leave to cover the balance of the six week period immediately following the birth of a child. Non medically-related bonding time beyond the six/eight 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 deposited to their vacation leave. The contributions are used when the employee has exhausted all the Family Caregiving (Sick) Leave, vacation, and compensatory time to which they are entitled.