3. Employment, Affirmative Action and Civil Rights

3.2. Attendance

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3.2.5. Sick Leave

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Effective Date: 1-27-1964

Revision Date: 6-18-2013


The Eastern Michigan University Sick Leave & Short-Term Disability Policy applies to all Eligible Employees who are unable to work because of a medically certified illness or injury that is not work-related.  Employees covered under a Collective Bargaining Agreement are not subject to this Policy, unless specified in the Agreement.



Eligible Employees.  For purposes of this policy, Eligible Employees are Hourly / Non-Exempt Employees and Salaried / Exempt Employees.  Employees covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement are not Eligible Employees.

Work Week: Working days for purposes of this policy will be interpreted to mean any day of the week, provided such day is a scheduled working day for the employee.  The regular work week shall consist of five (5) consecutive working days, for a total of forty (40) hours in any one (1) week, except for part-time employees, or employees on an alternate work schedule (e.g. four days/week, ten hours/day).


Sick Leave Provisions

In lieu of sick leave, all Eligible Employees with at least 50% appointment are entitled to salary continuation for short periods of illness or disability, not to exceed five consecutive working days or one Work Week per occurrence.


Short Term Disability Plan

The Short Term Disability Plan for Eligible Employees is effective July 1, 2013.  Eligible Employees are automatically enrolled in the Plan after 30 days of employment.  Part-time employees (less than 50% appointment), miscellaneous temporary staff employees and student employees (full-time and part-time) are not eligible to participate in the Short Term Disability Plan.  The Short-Term Disability Plan provides financial benefits to Eligible Employees in the event of a non-work related illness or injury that lasts more than five consecutive working days or one Work Week.


Responsibility for Implementation

The University President designee has overall responsibility for implementation and administration of this policy.  The Human Resources Office is responsible for establishing and revising related procedures, and recommending related policy revisions, as necessary, to assure compliance and consistency with this policy and meeting employee notification requirements.


Scope of Policy Coverage

This policy covers all Eligible Employees of the University, as defined above.  Collective Bargaining Agreements, where applicable, detail how this policy may apply or be administered for those covered employees.


Other Important Provisions

This policy summarizes the University's Sick Leave Provisions and Short-Term Disability Plan for Eligible Employees.  Complete details of these programs are available through the Office of Human Resources.  Eastern Michigan University in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents.  Although the University has elected to provide these benefits, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided.  Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continue benefits beyond the time the University modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit.  Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the University's right to modify, amend or terminate them.



Authority for Creation and Revision

Minutes of the Board of Regents, January 27, 1964, para. 3.04.22M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, October 20, 1971, para. .1039M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, February 19, 2013
Minutes of the Board of Regents, June 18, 2013