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Make a difference: Join the sick-leave bank

January 6, 2004


If youve been thinking about enrolling in the faculty and non-faculty sick-leave banks, nows the time.

January is the only month designated for enrollment in both banks. Enrollment is open to all regular employees of the university who accrue sick leave.
January 6, 2004


If you've been thinking about enrolling in the faculty and non-faculty sick-leave banks, now's the time.

January is the only month designated for enrollment in both banks. Enrollment is open to all regular employees of the university who accrue sick leave.

“The purpose of a sick leave bank is to provide additional sick leave to employees who have expended all of their sick and annual leave because of a serious illness or injury,” says Robert Bird, executive director of human resources. “By using leave from the bank, an employee can remain on full salary rather than being forced to go on a leave-without- pay status.

“During the past few years, we have been able to assist several of our employees. Because of their bank membership, they were paid after all of their sick and annual leave had been expended.”

An employee who wishes to join the sick leave bank agrees to donate a specific number of hours from their personal sick-leave balance. The initial donation for each new member is the equivalent of three sick-leave days. However, additional assessments could be necessary if the sick-leave balance in the bank falls below a specific amount, according to Bird. To be eligible to join, an employee must have the equivalent of three days accrued in their personal sick-leave account as of Jan. 31, 2004.

To protect the rights of members of the banks, trustees are appointed by the president to govern the banks. Their duties include administering the bank in accordance with established guidelines, approving or rejecting requests for leave and determining when additional assessments are necessary. Trustees for the Non-Faculty Sick Leave Bank are Bird (chair), Diane Berty, Donna Liverett, Charles Kimmel and Loris Ellsworth. Trustees for the Faculty Sick Leave Bank are A.J. Taylor (chair), Jean Lewis, Abu Sarwar, Sharon Johnson and Meredith Gildrie.

If you would like to become a member of either sick-leave bank, please complete the application found online at http://www.apsu.edu/hrhomepage/forms.htm, and return it to the Office of Human Resources no later than Jan. 31, 2004.

If you have previously joined the sick-leave bank, you are still a member, and no further action is required.

Copies of the operating guideline of each bank are available upon request in the Office of Human Resources. Questions on the banks can be referred to any of the trustees or to HR.
—Rebecca Mackey