Effective August 1, 2021

The University has updated some of our leave policies and holiday schedule in order to:

  • Make staff leave benefits less complex, easier to understand and use
  • Allow staff more flexibility to use and carry forward vacation days
  • Be responsive to the needs of employees
  • Reduce manual processes


Before After
Employees with 0-4 years of service accrue 12 days of vacation annually. Employees with 0-4 years of service accrue 15 days of vacation annually.
Current practice allows vacation time to accrue beyond the maximum until the anniversary date, when they are reset. Maximum vacation accrual has been doubled for all employees. Vacation will stop accruing when the maximum is reached. Accrual will not reset on the anniversary date. Accrual will begin again once leave has been used.
Employees may convert up to 10 days of sick leave to 5 days of bonus vacation. Bonus vacation is tracked separately and expires on December 31 each year. Employees may convert up to 10 days of sick leave to 5 days of regular vacation. Converted vacation days will no longer expire and the bonus vacation category will be removed. Vacation converted after August 1, 2021 will go to regular vacation. Bonus vacation converted prior to August 1, 2021 must be used by December 31, 2021.
Vacation balances grow until they are reset at the anniversary date and vacation is paid out based on the balance at the time of resignation. Vacation payout upon leaving the University will be capped at yearly allowance plus five days.


Before After
Non-exempt employees required to work on a University holiday can choose to be paid double time or can take the holiday at another time within the same pay period. All non-exempt employees required to work holiday will only be paid double time for hours worked.
Employees may take 1 personal day each year (which does not carry over to the next year). The personal day will be discontinued.
The Employee Appreciation Day trip to Busch Gardens provided employees with half a day of paid leave and entry and meal tickets to Busch Gardens for employees and dependents. The Employee Appreciation Day trip to Busch Gardens has been eliminated.
The number of holidays varies between 13 - 15 based on the calendar. The University will provide 15 paid holidays a year.
Holiday hours not worked count towards overtime pay calculations for non-exempt employees. Holidays hours not worked will not count towards overtime pay calculations.

How to Check Your Leave Balances

  1. Log in to
  2. Select Employee
  3. Select Employee Self-Service
  4. Your leave balances display at the top of the Employee Dashboard


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