For more specific information, please refer to the APSCUF Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 17: Sick Leave.
Why would I use Sick or Bereavement Leave?
Sick leave can be requested for absences related to:
How is Sick Leave earned/accrued?
How do I request and use Sick Leave?
Sick Leave is used for a sporadic day off due to an employee’s illness/injury.
How do I request and use Bereavement Leave?
Bereavement Leave is used for time away from work due to the death of a family member.
For absences that exceed the limits above, an employee may request to use Annual or Unpaid leave subject to management’s approval.
How do I request and use Sick Leave FMLA?
Sick Leave FMLA is used for an extended period of time away from work for five or more consecutive days due to an employee’s illness/injury.
A serious health condition is defined by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) as an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves any one of the following:
How do I request and use Sick Family Leave?
Sick Family Leave is used for a sporadic day off due to a family member’s illness/injury. Family member is defined as: spouse, child, step-child, foster child, child of domestic partner, parent, or sibling.
How do I request and use Sick Family Leave FMLA?
Sick Family Leave FMLA is used for an extended period of time away from work due to a family member’s illness/injury. Family member is defined as: spouse, child, step-child, foster child, child of domestic partner, parent, or sibling.
What if I do not have enough paid Sick Leave to cover my Sick Leave/FMLA absence in its entirety or what if I exhaust all of my paid leave while I am already out on an extended Sick Leave/FMLA Leave of Absence?
Full-time faculty members on a nine (9) month contract are only charged
sick leave for the 15 teaching weeks (75 teaching days) in the semester AND are
limited to 90 days per calendar year.
FACULTY MEMBERS who have
exhausted all accumulated, paid leave and personal days may submit a request to
local APSCUF to use days from the Faculty Sick Leave Bank up to the maximum
allowed by law in one (1) calendar year. For more specific information,
please refer to the APSCUF Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 17, Sick
Leave Bank. You can also contact the local APSCUF office
to request leave from the APSCUF Sick Leave Bank. 724-357-3021
Can I extend my leave beyond the 12 weeks of approved FMLA?
Yes—if approved by your dean/chair and HR—Annual Leave can be used. Once all Annual Leave is exhausted (Annual Leave not available for nine-month faculty), the remaining time off work will be unpaid leave. The remainder of approved 12 weeks of FMLA will apply.
Please refer to the FMLA Notice to Faculty, section titled, "Absences After 12 Weeks of FMLA Absence".
Please refer to the FMLA Notice to Faculty, section titled, "Benefits Continuation Information".
What happens if I don’t use all of my Sick Leave?
Unused sick leave may be carried over from one leave calendar year to the next with no maximum.
What happens to my unused Sick Leave if I end employment or retire?
NOTE: Commonwealth/State System service only includes service at a State System university or other Commonwealth agency. Commonwealth/State System Service does not include purchased service (military, in-state or out-of-state public school service, service with a Pennsylvania public school) through the employee’s retirement plan.
Leave balances are reported on ESS as the number of hours an employee has accrued.
To convert hours to days, divide the number of leave hours accrued by 7.5 hours.