Everyone knows of a colleague at UA that has exhausted their sick leave through illness or injury – or by caring for a family member. Those individuals are then forced to return to work while still ill or are forced to find other – often expensive – arrangements to care for their family.
For a number of years, the SEAC committee has been advocating a leave bank where a staff member with an excess of accumulated leave time could donate that leave to either a pool or to an individual in need.
While this has been met with resistance from UA administration with concerns about the set up as it relates to Ohio revised code, SEAC has continued to pursue this issue.
Over the past few months, SEAC has done additional research on the issue in regards to Ohio Revised Code and the implementation of programs at other Ohio schools. This research, as well as a formal request to investigate the issue, has been submitted to the University Council and has been referred to the Talent Development and Human Resources Sub-committee for review.
Given the importance of the issue, SEAC will continue to pursue this through the administrative channels. Updates will be provided to the campus community as a plan is developed to implement a policy that covers the donation of leave.
At its core, this is about people trying to help their colleagues through difficult times.
Questions about the progress of this project/request can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org