Staff members working full time or an abbreviated schedule can apply annually to reduce a 12-month continuous work arrangement to either a 10- or 9-month period of time each year where job duties and responsibilities permit. During the corresponding one or two months leave, the employee retains eligibility for benefit plans. These arrangements work particularly well when staff positions are in support of 9-month faculty appointments or in employing departments where there are fluctuating work demands. At the end of the one or two months leave, the employee is expected to return to their full work schedule and position.

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Where the work design permits, and with the concurrence of the supervisor/manager and the respective dean or equivalent, full-time status can be retained, providing the individual works at least 75 percent full-time equivalency.It may be difficulty and take additional time to adjust to the work culture after the time away from work.
These arrangements work particularly well when staff positions are in support of 9-month faculty appointments or in employing departments where there are fluctuating work demands.Exempt staff members must submit a Pay Exception form to the payroll office for the period of time he/she will away from work.
Staff member has extended period of time to focus on personal needs.No pay for the period away from work, unless the time away from work is covered by accrued vacation, holidays or PTO.