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[The following was approved on May 23, 1996, with amendments on July 26, 1997, October 9, 1998, February 7, 2002, and July 7, 2005, in accordance with provisions set forth in SIU Board of Trustees 2 Policies C. Per current Board Policy, the following was approved by the Chancellor of Southern Illinois University Carbondale on August 26, 2004. This policy applies to range and prevailing civil service employees only. Civil service employees represented by collective bargaining agents should consult their union contracts for the policies which affect them.]

  1. Sick Leave

    1. Permanent, apprentice, learner, trainee, and provisional employees will earn 12 sick days per year. Sick leave accrual will be proportionate to the percentage of full-time equivalent (FTE) employment. The amount of sick leave accumulated at the time any illness begins will be available in full. Vacation and sick leave will continue to accrue while an employee is using sick leave. There is no limit in the amount of sick leave which may be accumulated.
    2. In addition to the regular sick leave referred to above, Extended Sick Leave (ESL) will be granted to all civil service employees at the rate of 20 work days per fiscal year. ESL will be proportionate to the percentage of full-time equivalent (FTE) employment. Employees must have worked at least 6 months in a status position to be eligible for the benefit.

      Any absence that qualifies for Family and Medical Leave (FMLA) will be eligible for the Extended Sick Leave benefit with proper documentation. The leave must be approved by Human Resources for the employee to use the ESL benefit. ESL can be used intermittently and for an illness or injury of a member of the immediate family or household.  For these purposes, the immediate family is defined as spouse, domestic partner, child and parent.  Household includes anyone who maintains a family relationship with an employee and lives in the employee's home.  ESL may not be carried over from one fiscal year into the next. If an absence covered by ESL extends from one fiscal year into another, the employee must return to work before becoming eligible for an additional 20 days in the second fiscal year, unless otherwise approved due to a catastrophic illness. Employees who are not in active pay status are not eligible for this benefit.

      Vacation and regular sick leave will continue to accrue during the use of the ESLB. Extended sick leave time, in cases of employees who are eligible, will be deducted from the 12-week family and medical leave entitlement.

      Prior to returning to work from extended sick leave due to an employee's own medical condition, the employee must obtain a medical release, in accordance with the policy for Medical Certification, Examination, and Inoculation.

    3. Sick leave compensation will be at the normal rate of pay. Employees may use their sick leave for personal illness or injury, for personal medical and dental appointments, for any approved family and medical leave, and for the illness or injury of a member of the immediate family or household. For these purposes, the immediate family is defined as spouse, domestic partner, child, and parent. Household includes anyone maintaining a family relationship living in an employee's home.

      Pregnancy and related illnesses shall be considered by the university as any other medical condition and will merit leave consideration as such. Up to six weeks of sick leave may be taken for the medical condition resulting from a normal delivery. Use of additional sick leave necessitated by medical complications requires an order from the employee's physician.

    4. Employees who misuse sick leave may be suspended or discharged. Employees receiving sick leave pay may not work elsewhere without forfeiture of this pay, except when outside employment has been approved by the university.
    5. Employees' supervisors or the Director of Human Resources may require documentation from a physician or other administratively acceptable proof when there is the appearance of misuse of sick leave.
    6. Sick leave benefits will apply only to employees' regular work schedules.
    7. Effective January 1, 1998, sick leave for all eligible civil service employees will be used in the following order:
      1. Sick leave days earned and accrued before January 1, 1984;
      2. Sick leave days earned and accrued after January 1, 1998;
      3. Sick leave days earned and accrued on or after January 1, 1984 but before January 1, 1998.
    8. Upon termination of employment for any reason, an employee or an employee's estate is entitled to be paid for one-half of the unused sick leave which was accrued on or after January 1, 1984 and before January 1, 1998, except as limited by Illinois statute pertaining to the transfer or reemployment of State of Illinois employees to other state institutions or agencies.
    9. Subject to appropriate verification, current status employees within the State Universities Civil Service System or regular classified state civil service or personnel code department employees who are selected for permanent employment by this institution and who enter such employment without break in pay status will be credited with that amount of non-payable accumulated sick leave which they had to their credit on their last day of pay status in their previous state employment. If employees, in separating from their previous state employment, are paid for half their unpaid leave, they may not transfer the remainder to their new employment. Former status employees of the university who are rehired in status positions will have the unpaid sick leave earned prior to January, 1984 reinstated to their current benefit records.
  2. Vacation

    Employees in a permanent, apprentice, learner, trainee, or provisional type of appointment earn vacation on the basis of the hours for which they are paid (pay status hours exclusive of overtime). The maximum amount of vacation employees can accumulate is based on their rates of vacation accrual. The maximum for each rate is equal to the amount of vacation that can be accrued in a two-year period at that rate of accrual. Once they reach the maximum, employees cease to earn additional vacation until they take some vacation.

    Except for emergencies, use of vacation must be approved by department heads in advance. Vacation may be taken in less than hour units if the department head approves. However, it should not be reported in less than tenths of an hour (6 minutes =.10 hour, 12 minutes =.20 hour, 18 minutes =.30 hour, etc.).

    When employees separate from the university, they are paid for their unused, accrued vacation.

    Non-exempt Employees (37.5-hour work week)

    Step Years of Service Accrual Rate Approximate Days/Year Pay Status Hours
    1203 2 .0500 13 1957.6-3915.0
    1204 3 .0539 14 3915.1-5872.5
    1205 4 .0577 15 5872.6-7830.0
    1206 5 .0616 16 7830.1-9787.5
    1207 6 .0655 17 9787.6-11745.0
    1208 7 .0693 18 11745.1-13702.5
    1209 8 .0732 19 13702.6-15660.0
    1210 9 .0770 20 15660.1-17617.5
    1211 10 .0809 21 17617.6-19575.0
    1212 11 .0847 22 19575.1-21532.5
    1213 12 .0885 23 21532.6-23490.0
    1214 13 .0924 24 23490.1-25447.5
    1215 14 .0962 25 25447.6-27405.0
    1216 15 .1000 26 27405.1-29362.5
    1217 16 .1039 27 29362.6-31320.0
    1218 17 .1077 28 31320.1-

    Non-exempt Employees (40-hour work week)

    Step Years of Service Accrual Rate Approximate Days/Year Pay Status Hours
    1502 1 .0462 12 0.0-2088.0
    1503 2 .0500 13 2089.0-4176.0
    1504 3 .0539 14 4177.0-6264.0
    1505 4 .0577 15 6265.0-8352.0
    1506 5 .0616 16 8353.0-10440.0
    1507 6 .0655 17 10441.0-12528.0
    1508 7 .0693 18 12529.0-14616.0
    1509 8 .0732 19 14617.0-16704.0
    1510 9 .0770 20 16705.0-18792.0
    1511 10 .0809 21 18793.0-20880.0
    1512 11 .0847 22 20881.0-22968.0
    1513 12 .0885 23 22969.0-25056.0
    1514 13 .0924 24 25057.0-27144.0
    1515 14 .0962 25 27145.0-29232.0
    1516 15 .1000 26 29233.0-31320.0
    1517 16 .1039 27 31321.0-33408.0
    1518 17 .1077 28 33409.0-

    Exempt Employees (37.5-hour work week), hired after June 30, 1970

    Step Years of Service Accrual Rate Approximate Days/Year Pay Status Hours
    1302 1-3 .0962 25 0- 5872.5
    1303 4-6 .1000 26 72.6-11745.0
    1304 7-9 .1039 27 11745.1-17617.5
    1305 10+ .1077 28 17617.6-

    With proper documentation, employees who have previously worked for other state of Illinois universities or state of Illinois agencies may receive credit for previous state service, which may result in higher rates of vacation accrual.

    In the event of a change of status of a civil service employee, such as resignation, layoff of undetermined duration, termination, death, or retirement, the employee's payroll records will be closed and a lump sum payment of all earnings and accrued and unused vacation must be made, except as limited by Illinois statute pertaining to the transfer or reemployment of State of Illinois employees to other state institutions or agencies.

  3. Medical

    A leave without pay may be granted to status employees for medical reasons, when justified by their state of health and when recommended by their physicians. Employees must return to employment when released by their attending physicians in order to retain employment status. If the leave is for disability, accrued sick leave must be taken by the employee prior to beginning date of leave.

  4. University Activities

    Excused absences with appropriate prior notification and approval of the department supervisor will be granted with pay to participate as a member of a university-sponsored or recognized activity. Examples of activities for which released time may be granted include, but are not limited to, the following organizations:

    1. Employees' Advisory Committee to the State Universities Retirement System
    2. Civil Service Council
    3. University Civil Service Advisory Committee to the State Universities Civil Service System of Illinois Merit Board
    4. University Joint Benefits Committee
    5. SIU Credit Union Board of Directors
  5. Voting in Elections

    Employees will be excused, without pay, to vote in a general election not exceeding 2 hours provided the said employees are scheduled to work more than 4 hours during the hours the polls are open.

  6. Mutual Benefit

    A leave without pay, for reasons other than disability, which represents a proposal of mutual benefit to the employee and the university, may be approved by the employee's fiscal officer with the concurrence of Human Resources. The duration of a nondisability leave is determined by the department head, Human Resources, and the employee.