Modification of Family Sick Leave Policy

Policy Memorandum No. 189

Approved by the Commission on Administrative and Professional Faculty Affairs: February 18, 1999
Reviewed and supported by the Commission on Faculty Affairs: January 22, 1999
Reviewed and supported by the Benefits Committee: February 8, 1999
Approved by University Council: April 19, 1999
Approved by President: April 19, 1999
Approved by Board of Visitors: April 26, 1999
Effective: July 10, 1999

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Administrative and Professional Faculty Affairs unanimously approved a resolution concerning the modification of family sick leave policy.

Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by University Council.

Whereas, both the university and the Commonwealth seek opportunities to make policies more flexible and family-friendly to accommodate employee needs, particularly during periods of family illness and crisis; and

Whereas, the Faculty Handbook currently states that: "Sick leave may also be used for family emergencies. Leave for this purpose is restricted to three days per instance and six days during a calendar year for absence necessitated by the serious illness or death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, or any individual residing in the same household; and

Whereas, an increase from six to ten days per calendar year and the removal of limitations on the number of days per instance would provide greater benefit and more flexibility to employees experiencing a family emergency;

Therefore, Be It Resolved that the faculty family leave policy in the Faculty Handbook (section 2.15.8) be changed as follows (changes in CAPS):

Sick leave may also be used for family emergencies. Leave for this purpose is restricted to A TOTAL OF TEN days during a calendar year for absence necessitated by the serious illness or death of a spouse, child, parent, sibling, or any individual residing in the same household. USE OF SUCH LEAVE MUST BE RECORDED THROUGH THE REGULAR LEAVE REPORTING SYSTEM SO THAT TOTAL USAGE DURING THE PERIOD CAN BE MONITORED.

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President's Policy Memoramdum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm189