HR Item of Interest: Staff leave policy revisions
Provost Shirley Willihnganz has approved revisions to leave policies intended to promote a more balanced work life for UofL staff employees.
The changes took effect July 1.
Bereavement Leave Policy: Permits employees to use accrued sick leave when more than three days of bereavement leave is required to participate in a funeral or memorial service (including reasonable travel time). This change recognizes that in some circumstances (particularly those involving travel) employees may need more than three days off following the death of a family member.
Vacation Leave Accrual Limit Policy: Permits employees to accrue up to three times their annual leave accrual rate (up to a maximum of 66 days) on a pay-period by pay-period basis, subject to an annual reconciliation of vacation leave every June 30. The maximum amount of leave which could (1) be carried forward from one fiscal year to the next, (2) be transferred from one department to another (without the receiving department’s express authorization), or (3) be paid on separation from employment will remain two times their annual leave accrual rate (up to a maximum of 44 days). This change is intended to provide both employees and supervisors up to a year to manage vacation leave on a reasonable basis and help avoid pay-period by pay-period forfeitures of vacation leave.
These policy changes went to the provost with the recommendation of the Staff Senate and with agreement from the vice presidents and deans.
Background information and the full revised text for each are at HR Items of Interest.