Family Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA) and Vacation Days, Accruals and Terminal Pay

Family Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA)

As of August 1, 2013, the maximum time allowed for any family medical leave of absence request (employee or family related) will be 12 work weeks, consistent with the Family Medical Leave Act.

Vacation Days, Accruals and Terminal Pay

Faculty Appointed on a Nine Month Basis
  • Beginning July 1, 2013, three additional days will be added to personal holiday time for a total of six days per year. Personal days will not carry over, consistent with our current policy. 
  • Beginning August 1, 2013, vacation days for nine month faculty will be replaced by paid time off days during certain periods when classes are not in session and other department obligations are satisfied.
  • Beginning August 1, 2013, no new vacation days will accrue to a subsequent year.
  • Nine month faculty working in the summer of 2013 will be allowed to accumulate vacation, then no vacation will be accrued, for any further summer work, after August 1, 2013. 
  • All current faculty with accrued vacation days will be grandfathered and allowed to maintain and use their existing bank of vacation days until such a bank is fully used or terminal vacation (final pay-out) paid (note changes to terminal pay policies): 
  • The maximum terminal vacation days that will be paid will be reduced over time as follows:
    • Through December 31, 2014 there will be no change – 44 days maximum will be paid
    • Effective January 1, 2015 – 33 days maximum will be paid
    • Effective January 1, 2016 – 22 days maximum will be paid
  • Days in excess of maximum vacation can still roll into sick time and receive current TRS value. 
  • No changes are being made to sick leave policy or campus designated holidays.

All Employees (Nine and Twelve Month Faculty and Staff)
  • Maximum accumulation of vacation days remains unchanged (see current policy).
  • The maximum terminal vacation days that will be paid will be reduced over time:
    • Through December 31, 2014 there will be no change – 44 days maximum will be paid
    • Effective January 1, 2015 – 33 days maximum will be paid
    • Effective January 1, 2016 – 22 days maximum will be paid
  • Days in excess of maximum vacation can still roll into sick time and receive current TRS value. 

Why are benefit changes necessary?