Sick Leave Bank Policy
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POLICY NUMBER: IV O
SUBJECT: SICK LEAVE BANK
APPLIES TO: FACULTY AND STAFF
EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2000
REVISED FROM: SICK LEAVE BANK
The purpose of the Sick Leave Bank is to provide a means of obtaining additional sick leave days to avoid loss of compensation due to a catastrophic illness or injury of the employee. This benefit is available to eligible, voluntarily participating faculty and staff who have legitimately exhausted all of their accumulated sick and vacation leave.
The Office of Human Resources shall be responsible for managing and administering the University Sick Leave Bank to include the procedural establishment, solicitation of contributions from faculty and staff, processing of applications and records management.
a. All regular full-time and regular part-time Murray State University employees who have a sick leave balance of six or more days at the time of the initial contribution shall be eligible to participate in the Sick Leave Bank.
b. Newly hired employees shall be eligible to participate in the Bank the month following the accumulation of six sick leave days.
c. Upon joining, an eligible employee must immediately contribute 1-3 days of accumulated sick leave.
d. Once employees elect to participate in the Sick Leave Bank, membership is established for the duration of their employment by Murray State University, unless they submit a statement to discontinue membership or decline to make the required annual contribution to the Sick Leave Bank.
e. A participant granted leave of absence shall retain his/her status upon returning to regular duties.
3. The general operating procedures are as follows:
a. During the annual benefits open enrollment period each fall, eligible employees shall be afforded the opportunity to enroll in the Sick Leave Bank by voluntarily contributing 1-3 days from their sick leave accumulation to the Bank. Once participation has been declared, employees shall be annually enrolled in the Bank until they withdraw via written request, or employment is terminated.
b. The Sick Leave Bank may be opened for re-enrollment of participating members in any month following a decline to a balance of less than one day per member.
c. Non-participating employees shall be provided an opportunity to enroll in each succeeding annual benefits open enrollment period.
d. Participation is restricted to eligible employees who have contributed to the Bank.
e. Sick Leave Bank usage is not available to an employee's family member.
f. Sick Leave Bank usage is not available to employees who:
(1) Are receiving or have received Workers' Compensation lost time payments.
(2) Are currently receiving University sick or vacation leave payments.
(3) Are currently receiving long-term disability payments.
(4) Are currently receiving University retirement system payments.
(5) Are currently receiving Social Security disability payments.
a. Each employee who is a member shall contribute 1-3 days of his/her annual sick days to the Bank each year. A sick day contributed to the Bank will be deducted from the sick leave days available to the contributing employee.
b. The day, once contributed to the Bank, becomes the property of the Bank and may not be reclaimed by the employee except as specified in this policy. Only employees who are active members of the Sick Leave Bank in any given year shall be eligible to draw on the Bank.
5. The criteria for Sick Leave Bank usage shall be as follows:
a. Serious accident by the employee requiring absences from work.
b. Serious illness of the employee.
c. Extended hospitalization of the employee.
d. Legitimacy of previously used employee earned sick leave may be considered.
6. Application and Withdrawal
a. An employee may submit an application to withdraw Sick Leave Bank days only after exhausting all accumulated paid leave days. These days would include all earned vacation days and sick days. The employee could then withdraw Sick Leave Bank days only after: (1) application approval as outlined in the application and approval process, and (2) after missing fifteen (15) consecutively scheduled work days (the 15 days will run concurrently with paid leave days).
b. Each initial grant of sick leave days shall be limited to a maximum of 20 consecutively scheduled working days for each illness or injury. After the initial grant, an extension (or extensions) of up to 80 consecutively scheduled sick leave days may be granted per illness or injury. The total sick leave granted from the Sick Leave Bank to any one member shall not exceed 100 days for any one illness, recurring illness, or accident.
c. Employees who have already exhausted all of their accumulated sick leave in accordance with criteria for Sick Leave Bank usage will be exempt for the remainder of the current calendar year from the eligibility requirement of contributing sick days to the Bank.
d. To be considered for Bank leave usage a written request, signed by the employee's Department Head, must be submitted to the Director of Human Resources. Requests for Sick Leave Bank assistance must be in writing and be accompanied by a written statement from a licensed medical practitioner stating the beginning date of the condition, a description of the catastrophic illness or injury, and date the employee may be able to return to work. Monthly progress reports will be required to continue sick leave payments to the employee.
7. Sick Leave Bank Application and Approval Process
a. The employee's application for Sick Leave Bank withdrawal shall be initially reviewed by the appropriate Human Resources personnel. The initial approval or rejection of the employee's application will be the responsibility of the Director of Human Resources.
b. Should the employee disagree with the initial decision made by Human Resources, the employee may submit an appeal and application to the Appeals Committee. Any Sick Leave Bank member may enter into an appeals process by submitting a signed statement to the Appeals Committee. Written guidelines for this process shall be administered by the Appeals Committee.
c. The Appeals Committee shall submit a recommendation based on its findings to the Vice President for Administrative Services. This Vice President, in conjunction with all other Murray State University Vice Presidents, shall review the recommendation and make a determination on the appeal. The ruling of the University Vice Presidents shall be final.
8. Appeals Committee
a. The Sick Leave Bank Appeals Committee shall be composed of one (1) faculty member, one (1) professional staff member, and one (1) hourly staff member, appointed by Faculty Senate and Staff Congress.
b. Appeals Committee members shall initially serve staggered terms of one (1), two (2) and three (3) years. Thereafter, each committee member shall be appointed for a three (3) year term.
c. Committee members shall not rule on any usage application of their own or that of a relative.
d. The Appeals Committee shall be responsible for:
(1) Hearing and recommending action upon any Sick Leave Bank appeal.
(2) Recommending revisions to this policy to the University Insurance and Benefits Committee for review.
In the event that the Board of Regents discontinues the Bank, all employees who are members of the Bank at the time of discontinuation shall remain members without additional contributions until all days in the Bank are exhausted or the remaining pool of days is pro-rated back to the contributing employees.