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Sick Leave/Bereavement

Find out about sick leave, paid time off for illness, other types of medical leave, and bereavement leave for eligible employees.

Sick leave may be used in the event of:

  • Employee illness or medical appointments
  • Illness of a family member or individual in the employee's household
  • Medical appointments for a family member or individual in the employee's household
  • Bereavement


Career employees accrue a specific amount of sick leave each month based on the number of working hours in the month. Full-time employees earn approximately 12 days per year. Employees working half-time or more are entitled to sick leave in proportion to their hours on pay status. For details, refer to the Factor Leave Table.

There is no maximum for sick time accrual.


Employees may be required to submit satisfactory proof of illness or inability to work. Policy-covered employees may use up to 30 days of sick leave in cases of serious illness or up to 10 days of sick leave for a death in their family or household. Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement should refer to their bargaining unit agreement for information about use.

Employees not eligible for leave with pay for illness or bereavement may charge the absence to compensatory time off or personal leave.

For more information, speak with your supervisor, departmental Human Resources contact, or the Employee Relations specialist for your vice chancellor area.
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Notice: The information on this page summarizes provisions of university policies and/or collective bargaining agreements. Refer to the Personnel Policies for Staff Members (PPSM) and local implementing procedures or applicable collective bargaining agreement for full text of referenced information.