Sick leave is to be used for absences from work when an employee becomes too ill to work or must be absent for valid sick-related reasons. Sick leave can be requested and approved for absences related to an employee's own illness or injury as well as
medical appointments, and may also be used for absences related to care for a family member and as bereavement leave for the death of a family member.
AFSCME employees earn paid sick leave on a biweekly basis as a percentage of regular hours paid. To earn paid sick leave, employees must be permanent, or, if temporary, must have worked at least 750 hours in the leave calendar year. The leave calendar
year is defined as the first pay period in January through the pay period in which December 31 falls. Temporary employees who meet the 750 hour threshold will be notified in writing at the time eligibility is met.
Sick leave is earned at a rate of 4.24 percent of regular hours paid biweekly or 3.18 hours per pay period for 37.50 hour week/75.00 hour biweekly employees; 3.39 hours for 40 hour week/80 hour biweekly employees.
Requests to use sick leave must be made through Employee Self-Service (ESS).