Paid Leave - Options for Time Off with Pay

Paid Leave


In addition to paid holidays, UVA offers many options for paid leave to help employees maintain a healthy work/life balance. We encourage you to take time off to relax and rejuvenate.

How Do I Take Time Off?

  • Employee's Responsibility

    • Inform supervisor as far in advance as possible of request for University Leave and time away from job, following departmental procedures
    • Manage time away from work, time worked, and leave used in a way that demonstrates accountability to the entities (taxpayers, Board of Visitors, fees paid by students/faculty/staff, grants, etc.) funding the employee’s salary
    • If absence is for illness, inform supervisor daily of status, following departmental procedure
    • Inform supervisor of any change of plans that affect leave request
    • Provide verification of illness from a healthcare provider if required by department
  • Supervisor’s/Department’s Responsibility

    • Approve use of University Leave and time away from job
    • Give prior notification to employee if verification is needed for an illness
    • Have employee, timekeeper, supervisor, or designated representative enter leave on the online timecard by selecting the leave type: University Leave
    • Make corrections by submitting a paper timesheet to the UVA HR Leave Division, AskHR@virginia.edu, 434.243.3344
    • Manage staff’s time away from work so business needs are met, ensuring accountability for the expenditure of salary dollars
  • UVA HR's Responsibility

    • Provide information and counseling on University Leave to employee and department
    • Ensure time and leave are entered appropriately
  • Tracking Your Leave

    • Non-exempt University Staff are required to track leave in 15-minute increments
    • Exempt employees have the option to track leave in increments of four hours (half days)
    • Part-time exempt University Staff and exempt University Staff working an alternate work schedule may track leave taken in increments of one half of their daily work schedules
    • Exempt employees are paid an established annual salary and are expected to fulfill the duties of their position regardless of hours worked.

NEW: Paid Parental Leave

UVA has adopted a consistent approach to the Paid Parental Leave benefit across Grounds. However, there are some nuances of the benefit when applied to different UVA employee groups. Please see the applicable FAQs for your employee group below. Please start by reading Important Information For All Groups.

  • Important Information For All Groups

    Purpose. This benefit provides time for eligible UVA employees to bond with a new child through birth, adoption, or placement.  As part of UVA’s comprehensive benefits package, this new benefit that allows time away from work to bond with new family members.  

    Advantages. UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit provides eight (8) weeks of full pay. If both parents work at UVA and are eligible, they each may use the UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit at eight (8) weeks per parent. There are no medical approvals needed, and no outside carrier application. Submit the UVA HR application with appropriate documents and all eligible UVA employees are approved for 100% of their salary for a full eight (8) weeks paid directly from UVA. 

    Effective Date. UVA Paid Parental Leave will be effective January 1, 2019.  Births, adoptions or placements must occur on or after January 1, 2019 to use this benefit.  

    Short-Term Disability Integration. UVA Paid Parental Leave and Short-Term Disability (STD) will be exclusive from one another, meaning eligible employees may access both Paid Parental Leave and STD within the eligibility guidelines. Please review each policy for the process to apply for Short-Term Disability and UVA Paid Parental Leave.  

    Family Medical Leave Integration. In most cases, Family Medical Leave and UVA Paid Parental Leave will be concurrent, meaning that the twelve (12) weeks of Family Medical Leave allotted by federal law and eight (8) weeks of UVA Paid Parental Leave will overlap.  However there may be extenuating circumstances where Family Medical Leave is exhausted prior to the UVA Paid Parental Leave, and within these situations, UVA Paid Parental Leave may continue to be used independently for the benefit of bonding time between parent and child.  

    Policy and Application Process. UVA has a single approach to Paid Parental Leave, however there are separate policies that govern specific UVA employee groups (see below for groups).  How the policies will be implemented and application details will be released by the end of December 2018.

    Please see the below policy provisions by UVA Employee Type for more specific details.  

  • Classified Staff

    The Paid Parental Leave Policy for University Classified Staff is provided by the Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) with Executive Order Number Twelve.

  • Employees supported by Grant Funds

    Can UVA Paid Parental Leave be charged to sponsored programs?

    For federal grants subject to the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Guidance, parental leave is an allowable cost provided that the institution has a policy that is consistently applied across all fund sources; the University’s policies addressing Parental Leave will meet this requirement. If the sponsor’s terms and conditions do not allow for Parental Leave costs, the employee’s unit must cover the proportionate compensation cost from non-sponsored sources.

    Do I have to pay UVA Paid Parental Leave from my sponsored program funds?

    If you have another source of funds available to you, those funds may be used in lieu of sponsored program funds. Otherwise, if it is an allowable cost it must be charged to the sponsored program in proportion to the employee’s normal pay schedule.  If the sponsor’s terms and conditions do not allow for Parental Leave costs, the employee’s unit must cover the compensation cost for parental leave from non-sponsored sources.

    Can a supervisor deny Parental Leave due to a lack of identifiable funds, sponsored or non-sponsored?

    No, supervisors are not permitted to deny an eligible employee’s request for Parental Leave due to lack of funds.  A supervisor unable to identify adequate funding should consult first with the Department Chair, then the Dean’s Office.  Human Resources may be available for consultative support.  

    Will compensation paid for Parental Leave be included on effort reports delivered through Effort@UVA?

    Yes, it will be included in effort reports. However, anticipated long absences, including parental leave must be considered before committing effort on sponsored projects. 

    I am a key person on a sponsored program and will be eligible for parental leave during the period of performance.  My use of parental leave may delay completion of the research or scholarly work. What should I do?

    Discuss your parental leave plans with the PI on the grant. If the PI agrees that your parental leave is likely to delay progress on the sponsored program, the PI will contact the departmental research administrator and OSP to determine whether or not to request an extension from the sponsor.

    Will graduate research assistants (GRAs) paid from sponsored programs be eligible for Parental Leave?

    Pursuant to PROV-028, Financial Childbirth Accommodations for Graduate Students on Assistantship, eligible GRAs who give birth, including those supported on grant funds, receive full wages associated with their support for six weeks. In addition, GRAs have certain rights and protections under Title IX; the University’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights can provide information on Title IX protections.

    How will the new UVA Paid Parental Leave program be administered in the context of the Employment of Professional Research Staff - see http://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/hrm-033#Leave_and_Benefits

    The Employment of Professional Research Staff Policy will be updated effective Jan 1, 2019.  

  • Faculty

    Who is eligible?

    Faculty Members with appointments of one year or more are and will remain eligible for parental leave.

    How can I use UVA paid parental leave? 

    Eligible faculty members will be able to take eight (8) weeks of paid parental leave at full pay or sixteen (16) weeks at half-pay for each qualified event and will have up to twelve (12) months from the date of the event to use the paid parental leave.

    Can I apply for UVA Paid Parental Leave, even if I had a birth, adoption or placement before Jan 1, 2019?

    The University considered multiple options to enable the retroactive application of paid parental leave. Unfortunately, we could not find a workable and equitable solution. The new paid parental leave policy will only cover births, adoptions or placements that occur on or after January 1, 2019.  For those who have a birth, adoption, or placement before Jan. 1, 2019, the policy and procedure currently in place applies.

    How will UVA Paid Parental Leave work with Short-Term Disability? 

    UVA Paid Parental Leave and Short-Term Disability are separate benefits and employees will not be able to receive both of these benefits at the same time. For faculty members who give birth, any approved paid parental leave could be taken after any paid leave received as a result of short-term disability.

    For policy details visit the Provost’s Planning for Parental Leave web page.

  • Medical Center Team Members

    Who is eligible? 

    Medical Center team members are eligible for the Parental Leave benefit if they have been employed at UVA for the previous twelve (12) consecutive months, meet the requirements of the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and are benefits-eligible at the time of the qualifying parental leave event. Employees are eligible for FMLA if they have been employed by UVA for the previous twelve (12) months and worked at least 1,250 hours during this time.   

    How can I use UVA paid parental leave?  

    For births, adoptions or placements, eligible Medical Center team members can take up to eight (8) weeks of consecutive Paid Parental Leave. Paid Parental Leave is available to both parents, regardless of marital status, if they meet eligibility requirements described above. 

    Eligible Medical Center team members have up to six (6) months from the date of the event (birth, adoption, or placement) to use the Paid Parental Leave benefit.  The benefit may be used only once in a twelve (12) month period.  For example, if you or your spouse/partner gives birth in January 2019, you have until July 2019 to use the benefit.  The next time you can use the benefit is January 2020.   

    Can I apply for UVA Paid Parental Leave, even if I had a birth, adoption or placement before Jan 1, 2019?

    The consideration of retroactive application of UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit was difficult with parents impacted by any effective date that was selected. After weighing several options, the decision was made that UVA Paid Parental Leave for eligible Medical Center team members would be effective for births, adoptions or placements that occur on or after January 1, 2019.  This is consistent with how other benefits have been implemented at UVA.

    The following considerations were taken into account for this decision:

    Benefit programs are typically not retroactive and they begin from the start of the event (e.g., education reimbursement, retirement program contributions, medical benefit claims, and health savings account utilization).

    UVA has an organizational complexity greater than other state agencies because we have both an Academic Division and a Health System. In addition, we have several different kinds of time-off plans which made it hard to provide a retroactive benefit that was equitable for all types of employees. 

    How will Medical Center team members, who have standard hours of less than 40 within a work-week, be able to use paid parental leave?

    UVA Paid Parental Leave will be eight (8) weeks for the employee’s standard work schedule.  In cases where an employee works fewer than 40 hours/week, the eight (8) weeks would be provided for the duration of the benefit, but will be proportionate with the FTE % within the employee record.  For example, if an employee has budgeted hours of 20 hours/week, his/her Paid Parental Leave benefit is 20 hours/week for eight (8) weeks.  

    How will UVA Paid Parental Leave work with Short-Term Disability?  

    As mentioned previously, UVA Paid Parental Leave and Short-Term Disability are separate employee benefits.  Employees are encouraged to compare the UVA Paid Parental Leave policy and Short-Term Disability policy to select the benefit that best fits their needs.  

    Employees cannot receive Paid Parental Leave and Short Term Disability benefits at the same time. Paid Parental Leave is generally best used immediately following the birth/adoption/placement of a child. After the full eight (8) weeks of Paid Parental Leave is used, Short Term Disability is still available if there is a qualifying medical need.  

    The advantage of using Paid Parental Leave before Short-Term Disability is that there are no medical approvals needed, and no outside carrier application. Submit the UVA HR application with appropriate documents and all eligible UVA employees are approved for 100% of their salary for a full eight (8) weeks and it is paid directly from UVA. Short-Term Disability is then available to those who need it. 

    Examples:

    If you started Short-Term Disability in December 2018, and you gave birth in January 2019, you may be eligible for the UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit.   

    If you used Short-Term Disability from November 2018 through January 2019, and gave birth in December 2018, you are not be eligible for the UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit because the birth took place prior to January 1, 2019. 

    If you gave birth in January and used Paid Parental Leave for eight (8) weeks, you can still file for Short Term Disability for qualified medical needs.  

    How will the UVA Paid Parental Leave work, and how do I apply?

    The Paid Parental Leave policy implementation details and application process will be released in December 2018.  The application process will also be integrated into the Workday and timekeeping systems.

  • Professional Research Staff

    Who is eligible? 

    All professional research staff with appointments of one year or more, or who have more than one year of consecutive service, will be eligible for paid parental leave. If an individual’s appointment ends during a period of approved leave, the leave and any benefits associated with the leave will not continue beyond the individual’s last date of employment.

    How can I use UVA paid parental leave?  

    Currently, eligible Professional Research Staff members qualify for up to three (3) weeks of paid parental leave. Paid parental leave will be expanded to eight (8) weeks for each qualifying event and PRS will have up to six (6) months from the date of the event to use the paid parental leave. 

    Can I apply for UVA Paid Parental Leave, even if I had a birth, adoption or placement before Jan 1, 2019?

    The University considered multiple options to enable the retroactive application of paid parental leave. Unfortunately, we could not find a workable and equitable solution. The new paid parental leave policy will only cover births, adoptions or placements that occur on or after January 1, 2019.  For those who have a birth, adoption, or placement before Jan. 1, 2019, the policy and procedure currently in place applies. 

    How will Professional Research Staff, who have standard hours of less than 40 within a work-week, be able to use paid parental leave?

    UVA Paid Parental Leave will be for eight (8) weeks. This benefit will be applied proportionate to the 40 standard hours actually worked. Accordingly, the eight (8) weeks would be provided for the duration of the benefit, and will be proportionate with the FTE % within the employee record.  For example, an employee whose budgeted hours are 20 hours per week, would have his / her benefit at 20 hours per week for eight (8) weeks.

    How will UVA Paid Parental Leave work with Short-Term Disability?  

    UVA Paid Parental Leave and Short-Term Disability are separate benefits and employees will not be able to receive both of these benefits at the same time. Professional Research Staff members who are eligible for Short-Term Disability and Paid Parental Leave are encouraged to consult with a benefits counselor and carefully consider how they might structure these benefits to best fit their needs.

    How will the Professional Research Staff Paid Parental Leave work, and how do I apply?

    Specifics regarding the Professional Research Staff Paid Parental Leave policy implementation details and application process will be released in December 2018.  The application process will also be integrated into Workday and time and attendance systems.  

    Can UVA Paid Parental Leave be charged to sponsored programs?

    For federal grants subject to the Office of Management and Budget’s Uniform Guidance, parental leave is an allowable cost provided that the institution has a policy that is consistently applied across all fund sources; the University’s policies addressing Parental Leave will meet this requirement. If the sponsor’s terms and conditions do not allow for Parental Leave costs, the employee’s unit must cover the proportionate compensation cost from non-sponsored sources.

    Do I have to pay UVA Paid Parental Leave from my sponsored program funds?

    If you have another source of funds available to you, those funds may be used in lieu of sponsored program funds. Otherwise, if it is an allowable cost it must be charged to the sponsored program in proportion to the employee’s normal pay schedule.  If the sponsor’s terms and conditions do not allow for Parental Leave costs, the employee’s unit must cover the compensation cost for parental leave from non-sponsored sources.

    Can a supervisor deny Parental Leave due to a lack of identifiable funds, sponsored or non-sponsored?

    No, supervisors are not permitted to deny an eligible employee’s request for Parental Leave due to lack of funds.  A supervisor unable to identify adequate funding should consult first with the Department Chair, then the Dean’s Office.  Human Resources may be available for consultative support.  

    Will compensation paid for Parental Leave be included on effort reports delivered through Effort@UVA?

    Yes, it will be included in effort reports. However, anticipated long absences, including parental leave must be considered before committing effort on sponsored projects. 

    I am a key person on a sponsored program and will be eligible for parental leave during the period of performance.  My use of parental leave may delay completion of the research or scholarly work. What should I do?

    Discuss your parental leave plans with the PI on the grant. If the PI agrees that your parental leave is likely to delay progress on the sponsored program, the PI will contact the departmental research administrator and OSP to determine whether or not to request an extension from the sponsor.

    Will graduate research assistants (GRAs) paid from sponsored programs be eligible for Parental Leave?

    Pursuant to PROV-028, Financial Childbirth Accommodations for Graduate Students on Assistantship, eligible GRAs who give birth, including those supported on grant funds, receive full wages associated with their support for six weeks. In addition, GRAs have certain rights and protections under Title IX; the University’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights can provide information on Title IX protections.

    How will the new UVA Paid Parental Leave program be administered in the context of the Employment of Professional Research Staff http://uvapolicy.virginia.edu/policy/hrm-033#Leave_and_Benefits

    The Employment of Professional Research Staff Policy will be updated effective Jan 1, 2019. 

  • University Physicians Group (UPG) Team Members

    Who is eligible? 

    UPG team members (physicians and advanced practice providers employed solely by UPG, as well as UPG staff) are eligible for the Parental Leave benefit if they have been employed at UVA for the previous twelve (12) consecutive months, meet the requirements of the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and are benefits-eligible at the time of the qualifying parental leave event. Employees are eligible for FMLA if they have been employed by UVA for the previous twelve (12) months and worked at least 1,250 hours during this time.   

    How will UPG Team Members be able to use the Paid Parental Leave policy?  

    For births, adoptions or placements, eligible UPG team members can take up to eight (8) weeks of consecutive Paid Parental Leave. Paid Parental Leave is available to both parents, regardless of marital status, if they meet eligibility requirements described above. 

    Clinic-based physicians and advanced practice providers will have twelve (12) months to use the Paid Parental Leave benefit, while UPG staff will have six (6) months from the date of the event to use the benefit.  

    Can I apply for UPG Paid Parental Leave even if I had a birth, adoption or placement before Jan 1, 2019?

    The consideration of retroactive application of UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit was difficult with parents impacted by any effective date that was selected. After weighing several options, the decision was made that UVA Paid Parental Leave for eligible UPG team members would be effective for births, adoptions or placements that occur on or after January 1, 2019.  This is consistent with how other benefits have been implemented at UVA.

    The following considerations were taken into account for this decision:

    Benefit programs are typically not retroactive and they begin from the start of the event (e.g., education reimbursement, retirement program contributions, medical benefit claims, and health savings account utilization).

    UVA has an organizational complexity greater than other state agencies because we have both an Academic Division and a Health System. In addition, we have several different kinds of time-off plans which made it hard to provide a retroactive benefit that was equitable for all types of employees. 

    How will UPG Team Members, who have standard hours of less than 40 within a work week, be able to use paid parental leave?

    UPG Paid Parental Leave will be eight (8) weeks for the employee’s standard work schedule.  In cases where an employee works fewer than 40 hours/week, the eight (8) weeks would be provided for the duration of the benefit, but will be proportionate with the FTE % within the employee record.  For example, if an employee has budgeted hours of 20 hours/week, his/her Paid Parental Leave benefit is 20 hours/week for eight (8) weeks.  

    How will UPG Paid Parental Leave work with Short-Term Disability?  

    As mentioned previously, UPG Paid Parental Leave and Short-Term Disability are separate employee benefits.  Employees are encouraged to compare the UPG Paid Parental Leave policy and Short-Term Disability (hyperlink) policy to select the benefit that best fits their needs.  

    Employees cannot receive Paid Parental Leave and Short Term Disability benefits at the same time. Paid Parental Leave is generally best used immediately following the birth/adoption/placement of a child. After the full eight (8) weeks of Paid Parental Leave is used, Short Term Disability is still available if there is a qualifying medical need.  

    The advantage of using Paid Parental Leave before Short-Term Disability is that there are no medical approvals needed, and no outside carrier application. Submit the UVA HR application with appropriate documents and all eligible UVA employees are approved for 100% of their salary for a full eight (8) weeks and it is paid directly from UVA. Short-Term Disability is then available to those who need it. 

    Examples:

    If you started Short-Term Disability in December 2018, and you gave birth in January 2019, you may be eligible for the UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit.   

    If you used Short-Term Disability from November 2018 through January 2019, and gave birth in December 2018, you are not be eligible for the UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit because the birth took place prior to January 1, 2019. 

    If you gave birth in January and used Paid Parental Leave for eight (8) weeks, you can still file for Short Term Disability for qualified medical needs.  

    How will the UPG Paid Parental Leave work, and how do I apply?

    Specifics regarding the UPG Paid Parental Leave policy implementation details and application process will be released in December 2018.  The application process will also be integrated into Workday and time and attendance systems.  

  • University Staff

    Who is eligible? 

    University Staff are eligible for the Parental Leave benefit if they have been employed at UVA for the previous twelve (12) consecutive months, meet the requirements of the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and are benefits-eligible at the time of the qualifying parental leave event. Employees are eligible for FMLA if they have been employed by UVA for the previous twelve (12) months and worked at least 1,250 hours during this time.   

    How can I use UVA paid parental leave?  

    For births, adoptions or placements, eligible University Staff can take up to eight (8) weeks of consecutive Paid Parental Leave. Paid Parental Leave is available to both parents, regardless of marital status, if they meet eligibility requirements described above. 

    Eligible University Staff have up to six (6) months from the date of the event (birth, adoption, or placement) to use the Paid Parental Leave benefit.  The benefit may be used only once in a twelve (12) month period.  For example, if you or your spouse/partner gives birth in January 2019, you have until July 2019 to use the benefit.  The next time you can use the benefit is January 2020.   

    Can I apply for UVA Paid Parental Leave, even if I had a birth, adoption or placement before Jan 1, 2019?

    The consideration of retroactive application of UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit was difficult with parents impacted by any effective date that was selected. After weighing several options, the decision was made that UVA Paid Parental Leave for eligible University Staff would be effective for births, adoptions or placements that occur on or after January 1, 2019.  This is consistent with how other benefits have been implemented at UVA.

    The following considerations were taken into account for this decision:

    Benefit programs are typically not retroactive and they begin from the start of the event (e.g., education reimbursement, retirement program contributions, medical benefit claims, and health savings account utilization).

    UVA has an organizational complexity greater than other state agencies because we have both an Academic Division and a Health System. In addition, we have several different kinds of time-off plans which made it hard to provide a retroactive benefit that was equitable for all types of employees. 

    How will University Staff, who have a standard work schedule of fewer than 40 hours/week, be able to use Paid Parental Leave?

    UVA Paid Parental Leave will be eight (8) weeks for the employee’s standard work schedule.  In cases where an employee works fewer than 40 hours/week, the eight (8) weeks would be provided for the duration of the benefit, but will be proportionate with the FTE % within the employee record.  For example, if an employee has budgeted hours of 20 hours/week, his/her Paid Parental Leave benefit is 20 hours/week for eight (8) weeks.  

    How will UVA Paid Parental Leave work with Short-Term Disability?

    As mentioned previously, UVA Paid Parental Leave and Short-Term Disability are separate employee benefits. Employees are encouraged to compare the University Staff UVA Paid Parental Leave policy and Short-Term Disability policy to select the benefit that best fits their needs.

    Employees cannot receive Paid Parental Leave and Short Term Disability benefits at the same time. Paid Parental Leave is generally best used immediately following the birth/adoption/placement of a child. After the full eight (8) weeks of Paid Parental Leave is used, Short Term Disability is still available if there is a qualifying medical need.

    The advantage of using Paid Parental Leave before Short-Term Disability is that there are no medical approvals needed, and no outside carrier application. Submit the UVA HR application with appropriate documents and all eligible UVA employees are approved for 100% of their salary for a full eight (8) weeks and it is paid directly from UVA. Short-Term Disability is then available to those who need it. 

    Examples:

    If you started Short-Term Disability in December 2018, and you gave birth in January 2019, you may be eligible for the UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit.   

    If you used Short-Term Disability from November 2018 through January 2019, and gave birth in December 2018, you are not be eligible for the UVA Paid Parental Leave benefit because the birth took place prior to January 1, 2019. 

    If you gave birth in January and used Paid Parental Leave for eight (8) weeks, you can still file for Short Term Disability for qualified medical needs.  

    How will the UVA Paid Parental Leave work, and how do I apply?

    The University Staff policy implementation details and application process will be released in December 2018.  The application process will also be integrated into the Workday and timekeeping systems.

Paid Leave Options by Employee Type

Paid leave is dependent on your role at UVA. Different leave programs vary in accrued time and availability.

  • Classified Staff

    Annual Leave

    Leave to Donate Bone Marrow or Organs

    Civil and Work Related Leave

    Military Leave

    Compensatory Leave

    Overtime Leave

    Educational Leave

    School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave

    Emergency / Disaster Leave

    Sick Leave

    Family, Medical, and Military Leave

    VSDP Leave

    Leave Sharing

    Workers' Compensation Leave

  • Faculty

    Annual Leave

    Officer of Election Leave (Work-Related & Civil Leave)

    Conversion Leave (LWOP)

    Overtime Leave

    Educational Leave

    Paid Time Off / University Leave

    FMLA

    Personal Leave

    Jury Duty Leave

    Recognition Leave

    Medical Leave

    Workers Compensation Leave

    FMLA

     

  • Medical Center Team Members

    Administrative Leave

    Personal Leave

    Adoption/Child by Surrogate/Foster Care Placement Leave

    Public Health Threat Emergency Leave

    Bereavement Leave

    Public Service Leave

    Bone Marrow or Organ Donor Leave

    School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave

    Civil and Work Related Leave

    Short-term Disability Leave

    Educational Leave

    Sabbatical Leave

    FMLA

    Workers Compensation Leave

    Paid Time Off

     

  • Professional Research Staff

    • Annual Leave
    • FMLA
  • University Staff

    Bone Marrow or Organ Donor Leave

    Military Active Duty Leave

    Civil and Work Related Leave

    Officer of Election Leave (Work-Related & Civil Leave)

    Compensatory Leave

    Overtime Leave

    FMLA

    Paid Time Off / University Leave

    Leave Sharing

    Personal Leave

    Military Active Duty Leave

    Recognition Leave

    FMLA

    Workers Compensation Leave

Paid Leave Options

The Paid Leave options in this table are explained in the sections below: 

Annual Leave

Medical Leave to Donate Bone Marrow

Bereavement Leave

Military or Active Duty Service

Civil and Work Related Leave

Personal Leave / Family Personal Leave

Compensatory Leave

Public Health Threat Emergency Leave

Continuing Education

Recognition Leave

Disability or Long-Term Illness

Sabbatical Leave

Disaster Leave / Emergency Disaster Leave

School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave

Jury Duty or Court Appearance

Sick Leave

Leave Sharing

Work-Related Injury or Disease

Annual Leave

  • Classified Staff

    Classified staff earn annual leave and sick leave separately, and your paid leave plans are mostly maintained by the state. Some specific details may differ (ex.: exact leave year dates).

    Annual leave is earned based on years of salaried state service, ranging from 4 hours per pay period for employees with <5 years of service to 9 hours per pay period for employees with 25 or more years of service. Part-time staff earn leave at a rate proportionate to their weekly hours. UVA has a biweekly pay and leave schedule. The leave year begins on the first day of pay period one and ends on the final day of the last pay period. Leave is accrued on the last day of each pay period and may not be used until the first day of the next pay period.

    Other types of paid leave may be available in addition to your Annual Leave hours.

    Leave Donation: Classified Staff may authorize donations of accrued annual leave to eligible employees in Leave Without Pay status due to illness or injury, in minimum increments of 8 hours. Complete a Donor Form and submit to the Human Resource Office. Donors do not have to retain minimum leave balances, nor is there a limit on the number of annual leave hours they may donate. Leave donation policy.

    CLASSIFIED STAFF ANNUAL LEAVE POLICY
  • Faculty, Senior Professional Research Staff, and Post-Doctoral Research Associates

    Annual leave is available to faculty members who hold full-time appointments of a year or longer. Part-time faculty members are eligible for annual leave, proportionate to working time. Annual leave may be distributed throughout the year at the faculty member's option, with the concurrence of a supervisor.

    Teaching faculty employed for 9 months do not receive annual leave. They observe University holidays and determine their own hours during breaks in the academic calendar. They do not have specific University responsibilities or duties during the summer apart from registration and preparation of materials for the academic year.

    Other types of paid or partial-paid leave may be available to faculty as well.

    Faculty leave policy
  • House Staff

  • Post-Doctoral Fellows

    Post-Doctoral Fellows are not eligible for paid leave.

  • University Staff

    University Staff enjoy a generous paid leave policy that combines three types of paid leave — annual, sick and family/personal — into a flexible, consolidated leave program. All leave days are allotted at the beginning of the year before you actually accrue them, to offer more flexibility. Full- and part-time (20–40 hours per week) employees accrue paid leave based on years of service. This ranges from 22 days per year for employees with <3 years of service to 30 days per year for employees with 20 or more years of service. Part-time salaried employees earn leave at a rate proportionate to their weekly hours worked. Other types of paid leave may be available to you in addition to your University Leave hours.

    University Leave Donation: Employees may donate Annual or University Leave to eligible employees in a Leave Without Pay or docking status (14 consecutive calendar days of no pay). The completed Leave Sharing Donor Application should be submitted to the UVA Human Resources Leave Division.

    For additional information by UVA, see the Leave Sharing section below. Review the State of Virginia's Department of Resources Management Leave Sharing Policies for general policy information about leave sharing. 

    Medical Center PTO Leave Donation: Team members may donate accrued PTO to another team member who needs additional leave due to a serious health condition, or to care for an immediate family member. See policy for details. The PTO Donation form and PTO Donation Request form are available on the forms page. For more information, see the Leave Sharing section below.

     

    University Staff Leave Policy

Bereavement Leave

The Medical Center provides full-time, part-time, flex staff, and management team members with time off in the event of the death of an Immediate family member.

Bereavement Leave Policy

Civil and Work-Related Leave

University staff and classified staff are eligible for a variety of other paid leave options that fall under civil and work-related leave.

  • University Staff and Classified Staff

    Civil and Work-Related Leave provides for the following situations:

    • Administrative summons
    • Use of Career Services
    • Use of Employee Assistance Program
    • Grievance process
    • Service on State Council, Commission, Board, or Committee
    • Naturalization ceremony
    • Subpoena (for witness or victim)
    • To accompany your minor child to court
    • Unemployment or workers’ compensation
    • Interview with UVA, or another state agency
    • Jury duty/ court appearance
    • Emergency disaster leave

    The UVA HR Leave Center requires documentation when you:

    • Serve jury duty (as required by a summons)
    • Appear as a crime victim, or as a witness, in a court proceeding or deposition (as compelled by a subpoena or summons)
    • Accompany your minor child to appear in court
    • Serve as an officer of election
    • Attend your own naturalization ceremony

Compensatory Leave

University and Classified Staff are eligible for compensatory leave, which provides employees with paid leave as compensation for working beyond normal scheduled hours - but not working more than 40 hours per week. This is different than Overtime Leave, for working more than 40 hours. An official office closing day, a holiday, a scheduled day off, or when a holiday falls on an employee's scheduled day off.

Continuing Education

Classified Staff are eligible for educational leave, which is granted at the discretion of the agency for employees to further their education. Depending on the circumstances, educational leave may be with full, partial, or no pay.

Educational Leave Policy

Disability or Long-Term Illness

Depending on employee type, you may be eligible for short-term disability or the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program.

If you are enrolled in a UVA retirement plan (Virginia Retirement System, Optional Retirement Plan, or Medical Center Retirement Plan) or if you are Housestaff, you already have disability insurance coverage to help protect your income when you can’t work - whether from illness, injury, pregnancy, surgery, or another condition. Coverage differs, depending on plan type.

Short-Term Disability begins after a 7 day waiting period; you must use 5 work days of VSDP Sick Leave or University Leave).

More about Disability Benefits

Disaster Leave/Emergency Disaster Leave

University staff and classified staff are eligible for disaster and emergency disaster leave.

  • Classified Staff

    Agencies may grant up to 80 hours of paid leave annually to qualifying employees who provide emergency services during defined times of state and/or national disaster. Agencies may also grant up to 80 hours of paid leave annually to employees who are victims of disasters (that meet certain criteria).

    Follow the appropriate link for a detailed description of Disaster Leave policies specific to your employee type:

  • University Staff

    The University provides two types of disaster leave . On an annual basis, 5 business days are permitted for faculty, postdoctoral research associates, and senior research staff. 40 hours are permitted for staff and research assistants. It is possible to extend the leave an additional 5 business days/40 hours.

Jury Duty or Court Appearance

A faculty member who serves on a federal jury will receive payment for their services. A faculty member must use annual leave if he/she keeps the payment. If the faculty member remits the payment back to UVA, he/she should not use annual leave.

Money received for non-federal jury duty is considered “reimbursement for expense” and the faculty members should not use annual leave.

  • Faculty

    A faculty member who serves on a federal jury will receive payment for their services. A faculty member must use annual leave if he/she keeps the payment. If the faculty member remits the payment back to UVA, he/she should not use annual leave.

    Money received for non-federal jury duty is considered “reimbursement for expense” and the faculty members should not use annual leave.

    FACULTY LEAVE POLICIES
  • University Staff and Classified Staff

    Civil and Work-Related Leave provides paid leave for employees for the following situations:

    • Subpoena (for witness or victim)
    • To accompany your minor child to court
    • Jury duty / court appearance

    The UVA HR Leave Center requires documentation when you:

    • Serve jury duty (as required by a summons)
    • Appear as a crime victim, or as a witness, in a court proceeding or deposition (as compelled by a subpoena or summons)
    • Accompany your minor child to appear in court
    Civil and Work-Related Leave Policy

Leave Sharing

Leave sharing permits eligible employees in a Leave Without Pay or docking status (14 consecutive calendar days of no pay) to receive income by using leave donated to them by other employees.

  • Who is Eligible?

    • Part- and full-time (20–40 hours per week) salaried Classified and University Staff who qualify for the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
    • Leave Sharing may be used when leave balances have been depleted and either an employee has an illness or injury or a family member covered by the Family Medical Leave Act has an illness or injury
    • Employees participating in short-term disability programs receive benefits for personal injury or illness and are not eligible for Leave Sharing for these reasons; however, these employees may participate in Leave Sharing for a family member
  • How Do I Request Leave Sharing?

    Depending on your role, you will have certain responsibilities regarding Leave Sharing:

    Employees

    Supervisors/Departments

    • Provide signatures requested for FMLA and Leave Sharing Recipient Application and ensure forms are submitted to the UVA HR Leave Division
    • With the employee’s permission, notify your department of the need for donated leave
    • The completed Leave Sharing Donor Application should be submitted to the UVA HR Leave Division
    • If the employee will be on Leave Without Pay (LWOP) for more than 14 consecutive calendar days, the department’s HRMS Specialist needs to update the employee’s assignment status to Leave Without Pay
    • No leave will need to be entered on the online timecard while the employee is in a LWOP status, and a paper timesheet does not need to be completed
    • If the employee will be out fewer than 14 consecutive days without pay (called docking status) then the department’s timekeeper will enter the entire pay period using FMLA for the absence hours related to the Leave Sharing
    • A paper timesheet should be completed and given to the department’s timekeeper; employee and supervisor should not submit an online timecard

    UVA Human Resources

    • Provide information and counseling regarding Leave Sharing to employee and department
    • Provide assistance to supervisor/department in collecting donated leave if needed
    • Communicate with department/employee approval dates for Leave Sharing
    • Enter the Leave Sharing hours for each affected pay period to ensure a paycheck is created
    • Verify and ensure the appropriateness of supporting documentation
    • Ensure that time and leave are entered appropriately

Medical Leave to Donate Bone Marrow or Organs

University Staff, Classified Staff and Medical Center Team Members may receive paid leave (that is medically necessary) for the donation of bone marrow or an organ, and recuperation for up to 30 days in any year.

Faculty, Senior Professional Research Staff, and Post-Doctoral Research Associates may be approved at the discretion of a supervisor, dean, or vice president. Approval is not guaranteed. With supervisor approval, faculty may use available annual leave to extend the approved period of personal leave.

Military or Active Duty Service

Depending on your employee type, you may qualify for paid time off for military or active duty.

Personal Leave

Find personal leave information for classified staff, university staff and medical center employees. 

  • Classified Staff

    Under the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program, eligible Classified Staff may take Family/Personal Leave for any purpose (family, illness, funeral, or other personal needs, etc.) with reasonable notice and supervisor approval.

    Family/Personal Leave cannot be carried over to the next leave year (January 10th – January 9th) or paid out upon separation.

    Accrual rates are based on total months of State (Virginia) service (or previous State service) and employment status. Full and part-time employees accrue the same amount of Family/Personal Leave annually.

    <120 months of service:
    32 hours (4 days)

    120 months of service or more:
    40 hours (5 days)

    Part-Time employees accrue personal leave at the following rates:

    <120 months of service:
    32 hours (4 days)

    120 months of service or more:
    40 hours (5 days)

    VSDP Policy
  • Medical Center Team Members

    The Medical Center provides leaves of absence (with or without pay) to eligible team members to fulfill personal obligations or to pursue applicable coursework.

    Personal or Educational Leave Policy
  • University Staff

    Personal leave is combined with annual and sick leave in the University Staff Leave Plan.

Public Health Threat Emergency Leave

The Medical Center protects the health of Medical Center team members - and the public - through continuity of services during times of pandemic illness or communicable disease outbreak.

Public Health Threat Emergency Leave Policy

Recognition Leave

Employees may receive recognition leave (as well as bonuses and non-monetary awards) for contributions to the University. These rewards are typically provided to employees in recognition of teamwork, special projects, identification/implementation of new or modified business practices, exemplary effort, and employee appreciation.

Sabbatical Leave

Sabbatical leave is offered on a limited basis for faculty (academic, administrative, and professional) to invigorate their research and teaching. Each school offering a sabbatical program shall maintain a written policy explaining the elements of its program, including conditions of eligibility, criteria and mechanism of selection, application procedure,  annual schedule of decision-making, reporting requirements, and provisions (if any) for deferring sabbatical leave.

  • Getting Approval

    Sabbatical leave may be approved for full-time teaching faculty (tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure-track). This is usually to recognize faculty members who have contributed significantly to academic administration, have been appointed to an endowed professorship, or who have offered extraordinary service to the University at the department, school, or institutional level. For example, the winner of the Alumni Board of Trustees Teaching Award for tenure-track faculty members receives sabbatical leave as part of that award.

    Faculty awarded sabbatical leave can be compensated one semester at full salary or two semesters at half salary. During sabbatical leave, all full-time benefits remain. UVA continues to make contributions to retirement, health, life insurance, and disability plans.

School Assistance and Volunteer Service

School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave provides for up to 16 hours in any year. An additional 8 hours may be allowed for full-time employees serving in a volunteer fire department or rescue squad. To use the additional 8 hours, contact the UVA HR Leave Division.

School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave Policy

Sick Leave

Depending on your employee type, you have several options for taking paid leave when you are not feeling well. With the University Staff Leave Plan, only classified employees in the traditional sick plan accrue sick leave. University Staff accrue PTO and Classified employees in VSDP receive an allotment of sick leave at the beginning of the leave year.

  • Classified Staff

    Classified Staff hired after 1/1/99, are covered under the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP). Classified Staff hired or re-hired prior to 1/1/99, had an option to convert to VSDP but chose to remain in the Traditional Sick Leave program. Contact HR if you are not sure which program you are in.

    Traditional Sick Leave: Classified Staff may take paid leave from work for their own health or for family related absences covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

    Classified Staff working a 40-hour per week schedule earn sick leave at a rate of 5 hours per pay period. Classified employees working <100% - but at least 50% - of a 40-hour schedule accrue sick leave at a proportionate rate. Sick leave can accrue and carry over from year to year without limit. Personal sick leave is accrued on the last day of each pay period and may not be used until the first day of the next pay period.

    Virginia Sickness and Disability Program: Sick Leave under VSDP may be taken for personal illnesses, injuries, preventive care and wellness physician visits. 33% of an employee’s sick leave can be used for qualifying family FMLA absences. It can also be used to cover the 7day waiting period before short-term disability benefits begin, if applicable.

    Sick leave cannot be carried over to next year (January 10th – January 9th) or paid out upon separation.

    Accrual rates are based on years of service and employment status. Accrual rates for new hires and rehires are based on date of employment:

    <60 months of service:
    64 hours (8 days)

    60 - 119 months of service:
    72 hours (9 days)

    120 or more months of service:
    80 hours (10 days)

    Part-Time employees accrue sick leave at the following rates:

    <120 months of service:
    32 hours (4 days)

    120 or more months of service:
    40 hours (5 days)

  • Faculty, Senior Professional Research Staff, and Post-Doctoral Research Associates

    A faculty member who is tenured, tenure-track, or non-tenure-track but with an appointment of one year or more, may request leave for personal reasons. Personal leave may be granted with partial pay, or without pay for up to two years.

    Disability benefits for faculty are determined by retirement plan (Virginia Retirement System or Optional Retirement Plan). Short-term disability is generally described as a type of “sick” leave for absences of more than five days, including the birth of a child. For more information about disability programs associated with each plan, visit either VRS Disability or ORP Disability. Days off as a result of personal illness or injury that do not meet the conditions of short-term disability should be managed between employee and supervisor.

  • University Staff

    University Staff enjoy a generous policy that combines 3 types of paid leave — annual, sick and family/personal — into a flexible, consolidated leave program. All leave days are allotted at the beginning of the leave year, before you actually accrue them, for more flexibility. Full- and part-time (20–40 hours per week) salaried University Staff accrue paid leave based on years of service, ranging from 22 days per year for employees with <3 years of service to 30 days per year for employees with 20 or more years of service. Part-time salaried employees earn leave at a rate proportionate to weekly hours worked. Other types of paid leave may be available to you in addition to your University Leave hours.

    If you are enrolled in a UVA retirement plan (Virginia Retirement System, Optional Retirement Plan, or Medical Center Retirement Plan), you already have disability insurance coverage: Disability Benefits

Work Related Injury or Disease

The Commonwealth of Virginia provides paid Workers’ Compensation leave for Classified Staff participating in the Traditional Sick Leave Program who suffer from a work-related injury or disease.

  • Policies & Eligibility

    Read your Workers Compensation Leave Policy specified by employee type.

     

    You may be eligible for Workers Compensation Leave if you are:

    • Part- and full-time (20–40 hours per week) salaried Classified Staff enrolled in the Traditional Sick Leave Program
    • Salaried University Staff with a University Leave Sick Bank
    • Salaried Classified Staff hired prior to 1/1/99, who opted out of the 2002 opportunity to enroll in the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP).
  • ​​​​​​​The COMMONWEALTH of Virginia POLICY

    During the first 7 calendar days of workers' compensation leave, the Commonwealth pays regular salaries. If absences continue for >21 calendar days, agencies will be reimbursed for the first 7 calendar days. Employees who are absent on workers' compensation leave for >7 calendar days will receive supplements (the difference between payments required by the WCA and their regular salaries, for a period of up to 92 calendar days from the beginning of their absences). Agencies have the discretion to extend payment beyond employees' 92nd calendar day of absence on workers' compensation leave, provided that such extensions do not exceed 480 work hours. When employees receive payments as required by the WCA, they also are entitled to receive the Commonwealth-provided supplements, such that they will receive the permanent loss payments as well as their regular salaries. After payment of the Commonwealth-provided supplement described above, employees may use accumulated annual, sick, overtime, and/or compensatory leave, to receive, along with payments for lost wages required by the WCA, their regular salaries.

  • Initiate A Claim

    Employees' accumulated leave may be used to supplement payments for lost wages required by the WCA only up to the amount necessary to pay their regular salaries, except that employees may receive more than their regular salaries if the excess amount is a result of payments for permanent losses to their bodies.

    Employees participating in the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP) who suffer from a work-related injury or disease and miss at least a week of work would complete the Workers’ Comp documentation and initiate a claim for short-term disability through Reed Group. (The toll free number is 1.877.928.7021)