My Own Illness
Below are multiple types of paid/unpaid uses of time away from work for your own illness as well as your rights and responsibilities. Please discuss your specific situation with your Human Resources Representative.
Sick leave is available to use for pay during an absence for your own illness, in accordance with the operations manual policy regarding its use. Sick leave may be used for pre-scheduled appointments and/or when you are unable to work due to your illness. Please work with your supervisor in requesting and reporting your absence appropriately. You can access your rate of accrual and balance in Employee Self-Service.
In certain circumstances, vacation may be used for absence, in lieu of sick leave for an employee’s illness, in accordance with the operations manual policy regarding its use. Vacation must be requested and approved in advance in most situations, so please communicate your interest to use vacation instead of sick leave with your supervisor. You can access your rate of accrual and balance in Employee Self-Service.
The Family Medical Leave Act is a federal law that provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of leave each calendar year. This leave is unpaid, but is used in conjunction with your sick leave and vacation accruals to provide pay during approved absence. For more information; follow the link to basic information regarding FMLA and its approved use or you may view the FMLA Toolbox. Your department HR representative must approve FMLA absence.
- You have the right to utilize available paid leave accruals for qualifying circumstances covered by university policy.
- You are responsible for adhering to the Philosophy Statement on attendance and/or any departmental policy related to attendance.
- You may be required to provide medical documentation to support your reason
for absence. Typically the information required is
- Reason for absence (medical need for absence)
- Duration of leave required
- Intent to return to work at the end of absence
- You are responsible for utilizing the minimum amount of absence necessary for your needs.
- You are responsible for staying in contact with your supervisor (and HR representative if requested) to keep him/her apprised of your absence, any changes, and your intent to return to work.
Page last updated December 2012