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|Director of Human Resources|
In keeping with the Wheeling Jesuit University philosophy respecting the dignity of the human person, the University believes that employee’s who exhaust their paid time off may require additional periods of uncompensated time off under certain circumstances.
2.0 POLICY STATEMENT
Uncompensated time off, unless governed by a federal, state or local statute or another University policy, will be purely at the discretion of the University and only in accordance with the provisions of this policy.
“Uncompensated Time Off” – Approved time-off without pay.
2.3 Policy and Legally Mandated Uncompensated Leave
- Family Medical Leave (“FMLA”) Leave. Employees who exhaust paid vacation, personal and sick time off during FMLA leave may continue the balance of the leave uncompensated until the twelve (12) week entitlement is fulfilled.
- Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (“USERRA”). Employees in the military are granted uncompensated leave in compliance with USERRA.
2.4 Non-Policy Provided Uncompensated Leaves
- ADA Compliance. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, employees who exhaust paid time off may be provided additional unpaid medical time off as a reasonable accommodation provided such time off does not pose an undue hardship on the University. An employee with a disability may require leave for a number of reasons related to the disability, including, but not limited to:
Requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis. Documentation may be required to verify the existence of the disability and to help determine whether the accommodation requested is reasonable and necessary. The Human Resource Office will provide the necessary forms should such documentation be required. The supervisor in conjunction with Human Resources will determine and approve accommodations under this policy.
- Extended Bereavement. Individuals who have previously exhausted bereavement, vacation and personal leave paid time-off may require additional unpaid time off to deal with the passing of a family member. Such requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- Special Circumstances. Individuals who have previously exhausted all paid time off may require additional unpaid time-off for special, unique, circumstance that are in compliance with the philosophy of the University. Such requests must be placed in writing in advance and submitted to through Human Resources to the President of the University where they will be evaluated on a case by case basis.
- Requests for uncompensated time-off must be initiated in writing and in advance of the need through the employee’s immediate supervisor. The supervisor, in conjunction with Human Resources and the University Chief of Staff, will determine the feasibility of such requests. Requests will be either approved or disapproved in writing within a reasonable period of time after submission of the request. Uncompensated time-off will only be considered in compliance with the circumstances listed in this policy.
- Whenever an employee requests an uncompensated leave, it will be the employee’s responsibility to maintain his / her benefits either per the legally mandated requirements of the leave (ex: FMLA / USERRA) or in their entirety (uncompensated leave unless stated otherwise in the policy regarding that leave). Employees who elect not to continue their benefits will be provided COBRA notice.
- Employees on uncompensated time off do not accrue paid time off nor are they eligible for holiday pay during the time of the leave unless stated otherwise in the policy regarding the leave.
The Director of Human Resources has the authority to change, modify or approve exceptions to this policy at any time with or without notice and with the approval of the University President.