Crisis Leave Policy

Eligible employees at UNL may choose to donate vacation leave to a crisis leave pool that will be available to eligible employees who have exhausted all available sick and vacation leave because of a personal crisis.

Donating Crisis Leave
Regular employees (those who have completed original probation) who earn vacation leave may donate to the crisis leave pool up to three accrued vacation days per calendar year. Under exceptional circumstances an employee may donate up to five days per calendar year.

Receiving Crisis Leave
Regular employees (those who have completed original probation) may apply to receive from the crisis leave pool up to the number of days of vacation they accrue in one calendar year, not to exceed 24 days.

Regular employees who have exhausted all of their available sick leave, vacation leave, and compensatory leave that is applicable to their crisis are eligible to apply for crisis leave for the following reasons:

  • The serious illness of the employee or the employee's spouse
  • The serious illness of the employee's child, stepchild, or parent, or a person bearing the same relationship to the employee's spouse

For purposes of this policy, a "serious illness" is defined as follows:

  • An illness that requires at least one overnight stay in a hospital, hospice, or other residential health care facility under the treatment or supervision of a physician or other licensed health care provider
  • An illness that requires an absence from work for more than three days as recommended by a physician or other licensed health care provider
  • A chronic or long-term illness that is incurable or so serious that if untreated would probably lead to incapacity for more than three days, and requires continuing medical treatment or supervision

If the crisis is health-related, employees may be required to provide medical certification.

Crisis leave requires approval of the immediate supervisor, the dean or director, and Human Resources. Requests for crisis leave will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Whether or not the reason for the leave is appropriate under the policy
  • The availability of leave within the crisis leave pool
  • The employee's record of leave use

Crisis leave received but not used will be returned to the crisis leave pool.

Issues surrounding crisis leave may not be appealed through the grievance procedure. Employees who disagree with a denial of crisis leave may discuss the matter with the appropriate vice chancellor or with the chancellor if the employee does not report in a vice chancellor unit.

Forms for applying for crisis leave are available in Human Resources or click here for the Crisis Leave Request Form.

Questions about crisis leave may be directed to Human Resources 472-3101

Crisis Leave Request and Procedures

Complete a Request for Crisis Leave Form and give to your supervisor. Only regular employees having completed original probation earn vacation and sick leave are eligible to receive crisis leave. This would exclude most nine month academic appointments.

Supervisor verifies that all paid leave is exhausted. If request is approved, gives request to dean or director; if request is denied, returns form to employee.

Dean or director reviews. If request is approved, forwards to Human Resources; if request is denied, returns form to employee with copy to supervisor.

Human Resources approves or denies request and contacts supervisor via phone and faxes signed request back to supervisor.

Supervisor works with time and attendance clerk to credit employee's vacation leave balance with the approved crisis leave days.

Human Resources maintain original records for the Crisis Leave program.

Crisis Leave Donation

Eligible employees at UNL may choose to donate vacation leave to a crisis leave pool that will be available to eligible employees who have exhausted all available sick and vacation leave because of a personal crisis.

Regular employees (those who have completed original probation) who earn vacation leave may donate to the crisis leave pool up to three accrued vacation days per calendar year. Under exceptional circumstances an employee may donate up to five days per calendar year.

Online Donation Form



Employee Relations

407 Canfield Administration
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0438

Campus Mailing Address
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Main Line/TDD
(402) 472-3101

Fax: (402) 472-9040

Staff

Layton Brooks
Director, Employee Relations
(402) 472-8076
lbrooks2@unl.edu

Kelly D. White
Assistant Director, Employee Relations
(402) 472-9849
kwhitehr@unl.edu

Marsha Brown
Human Resources Assistant
(402) 472-3106
mbrown8@unl.edu

Rosalinda Ramirez
Administrative Technician
(402) 472-5250
rramirez3@unl.edu