Policy 613 - Sick Leave
The University’s sick leave program provides salary continuation for eligible employees during periods of illness, injury, or medical disability such as maternity or periods of post-surgical recuperation. In the event employees are medically disabled for extended periods of time and a medical leave of absence is required, available sick leave will be coordinated with Short Term Disability Insurance, Workers’ Compensation, Santa Clara University’s Long Term Disability plan, and/or Social Security.
All regular and fixed term staff employees are eligible to accrue sick leave. Sick leave is credited each pay period and is reflected on the employee's pay stub. Sick leave may be accrued to a maximum of 80 work days or 640 hours.
Exempt (Salaried) Staff: Employees who are paid on a semi-monthly basis working 40 hours a week accrue sick leave at the rate of four hours per pay period. Employees working less than 40 hours a week accrue sick leave on a pro-rated basis.
Non-Exempt (Hourly) Staff: Employees who are paid on an hourly basis will receive an accrual based on the number of hours worked each pay period.
Sick leave accrues from the first of the month following the date of hire as an eligible employee and continues during periods of work, sick leave, vacation, and other periods of paid leave. Sick leave does not accrue for hours worked on an overtime basis or during an unpaid leave of absence.
Use of Sick Leave
Sick leave may be used when an employee's illness, medical disability (e.g., maternity, post-surgical recuperation) or injury prevents the employee from working. Employees may use sick leave when it is necessary to be away from work for less than one full day due to medical or dental appointments scheduled during the employee's working hours.
Sick leave may also be used when illness, injury, medical or dental appointments in the employee's close family require the employee's absence from work. Close family is limited to the employee's spouse or person who stands in substantially the same relationship, children of the employee or spouse, parents and parents-in-law, parent surrogate, brothers and sisters of the employee, grandparents and grandchildren of the employee, and any other dependent family members living in the employee's residence. Use of sick leave for this purpose may not exceed 10 working days per calendar year.
Holidays and Sick Leave
If a University holiday falls during a period of paid sick leave, it will be paid as a holiday rather than a day of sick leave.
Illness or Injury During Vacation
If an employee becomes ill or is injured while on scheduled vacation, this period of time may be charged to accumulated sick leave.
Coordination with Disability Plan Benefits
An employee who has met the disability waiting period is required to apply for the appropriate disability benefits. During disability periods for which benefits are payable from the Short Term Disability Insurance Plan, Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability or Santa Clara University's Long Term Disability plan, accumulated sick leave must be used to supplement such disability plan benefits up to the employee's regular pre-disability net pay. If all accumulated sick leave has been paid, an employee may elect to use accumulated vacation to supplement these plans.
Approval of Sick Leave
In most instances, a conversation between employee and supervisor is sufficient for the approval of sick leave pay. The supervisor who approves the use of sick leave by an employee is responsible for determining if the conditions for use of sick leave are met. In some circumstances, medical certification may be required.
Doctor’s Release/Medical Certification
To insure the health and safety of the employee who plans to return to work after an approved short or long-term disability leave of absence, an employee will be required to provide medical certification and/or undergo a fitness for duty exam verifying that the employee is able to return to work. This verification must be provided by the attending physician or a University-designated physician. The employee must present the verification to the supervisor and Human Resources. Certifications must include the capacity in which the employee can return to work.
Upon termination of employment, the employee's accrued sick leave balance will not be paid to the employee. When there is a change in employment status affecting eligibility for sick leave a record will be kept of any sick leave balance so that it can be recredited if the individual becomes eligible for leave within one year of the change in status.
Employees should inform supervisors whenever their need for leave may be covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act or other local jurisdiction’s laws. Supervisors are responsible for determining when a request for leave is covered by this policy, and if so, promptly informing the employee. In addition, supervisors are generally responsible for complying with the terms and conditions of this policy and the applicable federal, state, and local laws.
Human Resources is responsible for interpretation and administration of this policy.
Refer to the Family & Medical Leave (614), Pregnancy Disability (622), and Industrial Disability (615) leave policies for procedures related to specific leave applications. Contact Human Resources for more information regarding this benefit.
Policy Approved: October 23, 1998
Last Updated: May 19, 2000