Emergencies and unexpected life events are never easy and rarely come at opportune times. This is especially true during the COVID-19 pandemic.
In certain situations, UNO employees may not have enough leave time built up to cover the length of their time away from work. To help these employees, UNO has the "Crisis Leave Sharing Program," which allows employees (.50 FTE or higher) who accrue vacation to donate some of their accumulated hours to the university's crisis leave pool.
As we begin a new year, UNO/UNMC Human Resources wants to make sure all eligible employees are aware of the program, in case they need to use it, and also encourage the donation of vacation hours to the program pool.
Eligible employees are able to receive crisis leave from the pool, up to the number of days of vacation leave they are able to accrue in one calendar year, not exceeding 24 work days. This may occur once all of their available sick, vacation and compensatory leaves have been exhausted, including a negative balance of 40 hours total vacation and sick leave use.
Leave for employees utilizing the Crisis Leave Sharing Program will be granted in units of days and are prorated for employees who work less than full-time.
Donating to the Program
Regular employees who earn vacation leave are eligible to donate up to five accumulated vacation days per calendar year. Donations will be accounted for based on the number of days donated rather than the dollar value of the days donated.
Crisis leave may not be donated in units less than one full day (eight hours).
NOTE: Effective as of 2020, due to the COVID pandemic, any vacation hours accrued an employee above the 280 hour cap will be automatically rolled into the Crisis Leave Pool.
Questions about the University of Nebraska system's COVID-19 emergency leave policy? Learn more here.
For specific questions or inquiries, please reach out to a member of the UNO/UNMC Human Resources staff.
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