Merit Sick Time Benefits

UNI grants paid leave benefits to eligible employee groups.
Employees may earn sick leave and personal holidays in
addition to nine University recognized holidays. An unpaid leave of
absence may be available depending on the employee’s individual situation; examples include Family Medical Leave and Military Leave.
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Forms and Resources
Sick Leave Conversion to Vacation Form (PDF)
Family Caregiving Leave Presentation
Script for Family Caregiving Leave Presentation

Benefit Overview Handouts


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Full-time employees accrue 12 hours (1.5 days) of sick leave per month.

Employees hired on a temporary appointment do not accrue sick leave.

Sick leave will continue to accrue during a period of absence when an employee is using sick leave.

Description of Sick Time for Merit AFSCME

Full-time employees accrue sick leave at 12 hours (1.5 days) per month. Employees who are employed for 20 or more hours but less than 40 hours per week for at least an academic year accrue sick leave on a pro rata basis. Employees hired on a temporary appointment do not accrue sick leave.

Sick leave accrues during a period of absence for which a staff member is paid sick leave. Sick leave does not accrue during vacation payout nor during any period of absence without pay. Accrual of sick leave is unlimited.

If a holiday falls during a period of sick leave usage, it is paid as a holiday and is not charged to the sick leave accumulation. If an employee is hospitalized while on vacation, the employee may use sick leave for days actually spent in a hospital. No other conversion of vacation to sick leave is authorized.

Employee may use sick leave for:

  • Sick Leave
    Employees may use accrued sick leave for their own personal illness and/or injury.

  • Family Caregiving Leave
    Employees may use accrued sick leave for the care and necessary attention of ill or injured members of their immediate family, or for the birth of their child. Employees may use up to 40 hours of Family Caregiving Leave per year. Employees may carry over up to forty (40) hours of unused Family Caregiving Leave to the next anniversary year, for a maximum utilization of eighty (80) hours in the next anniversary year.

  • Funeral Leave
    Staff members may use up to 3 days of earned sick leave per occurrence when death occurs in their immediate family.

  • Pallbearer Leave
    Staff members may use up to 1 day of earned sick leave per occurrence when serving as a pallbearer or funeral attendant for someone who is not a member of their immediate family.

  • Personal Medical or Dental Appointments
    Staff members may use earned sick leave for personal medical or dental appointments which cannot be scheduled at times other than during working hours.

  • Adoption Leave
    Staff members may use up to 40 hours of sick leave per occurrence during adoption.

Immediate Family Defined
Immediate family is defined as, and limited to, the employee’s spouse, children, grandchildren, foster children, stepchildren, legal wards, parents, grandparents, foster parents, stepparents, brothers, foster brothers, stepbrothers, sons-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters, foster sisters, stepsisters, daughters-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, first cousins, corresponding relatives of the employee’s spouse, and other persons who are members of the employee’s household.

For additional information, see Section 10 (Sick Leave) of the AFSCME contract.

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Date Updated: December 4, 2013