Time Away From Work

Willamette University is committed to employee health and wellness. We understand that employees need time off work—paid and unpaid—in order to get healthy and stay healthy, manage personal responsibilities, or even to simply unwind, rest and relax. Learn about how much time off you receive, how to get it approved and other important details.

Willamette University recognizes the value of rest and relaxation. Employees who work at least 24 hours per week or 60% of a full-time schedule, accrue Vacation Leave according to the schedule listed below, based on length of employment. Employees who are employed less than full time will accrue a proportional amount of vacation, and must work at least 50% of their regularly assigned work schedule in a given month. Accrual rates change in the month following an employee's anniversary date. Vacation time may be used as soon as it has been earned. Willamette permits accumulation of up to 240 hours (30 days) of accrued vacation time. Vacation Leave time must be approved in advance by the employee's supervisor at least two weeks prior to the requested start date. Employee vacation accruals will be prorated in the pay period in accordance with their official date of termination. 

Benefit Service Years Hourly 1.0 FTE Accrual Salaried 1.0 FTE Monthly Accrual Days/yr Maximum Hours Limit
0 0.0769 13.33 20 240
15 0.0808 14.00 21 240
20 0.0846 14.66 22 240
25 0.0962 16.66 25 240

Employees may earn up to 8 hours per month of paid sick leave. Employees who are employed at less than 40 hours per week or 100% of a full-time schedule will earn paid sick leave on a pro-rated basis. Faculty, student employees and employees working less than 23 hours per week or 59% of a full-time schedule will have sick leave capped at 80 hours, such that they will not earn leave in excess of 80 hours.  All other employees will accrue sick leave without limit.

Employees may begin using sick time as soon as it is earned. An employee rehired within 6 months of separation may use previously accrued sick time immediately upon reemployment.  When using sick time, employees will be paid at the regular rate the employee would have earned had they not been absent. Employees are not required to find coverage when taking sick leave. Employees will not be compensated for unused sick leave upon termination, except at retirement in accordance with the provisions of the policy governing Sick Leave Cash Out for Retirement. For a full explanation of Sick Leave, see the sick leave policy.

Please also see How to View and Report your Sick Leave.

Printable Holiday Schedule 2016-2017

Employees who work at least 24 hours per week on average all year or 60% of a full-time schedule, are eligible to receive holiday pay. Employees who are employed less than 40 hours per week or 100% of a full-time schedule will earn holiday pay on a pro-rated basis, and must work at least 50% of their regularly assigned work schedule in a given month.

The schedule of official University holidays is established annually. The University is granted 12 holidays a year. Unless otherwise noted, holidays are granted in 8-hour increments. Additional time off may be granted by the President of the University. Eligible employees who are required to work on holidays will be given receive time + one-half. An employee must work and/or be in paid leave status on the last workday before, and the first workday after an official University closing to receive paid time off.

Employees who work at least 24 hours per week on average all year or 60% of a full-time schedule, are eligible to receive personal preference day(s). Employees who are employed less than 40 hours per week or 100% of a full-time schedule will earn personal preference day(s) on a pro-rated basis, and must work at least 50% of their regularly assigned work schedule in a given month. For new employees in their first year, personal preference days will be pro-rated in accordance with their hire date.

Personal preference days are intended to provide leave with pay for Holidays not recognized by the University’s holiday schedule, but may be used for other reasons as well.

  • Salaried Staff: 1 Day (Must be used between fiscal year, June 1st and May 31st)
  • Hourly Staff: 2 Days (Must be used between fiscal year, May 15th and May 14th)

Employees who work at least 24 hours per week on average all year or 60% of a full-time schedule, are eligible to receive Winter Break. Employees who are employed less than 40 hours per week or 100% of a full-time schedule will earn Winter Break on a pro-rated basis, and must work at least 50% of their regularly assigned work schedule in a given month.

Willamette University is closed between December 24th and January 1st of each year. Employees who are eligible to receive holiday pay will be paid their regular pay for any day during that period that they are normally scheduled to work. Certain departments may be required to remain open during part of that time. Employees who are required to work any day(s) during that period may select another day(s) during the fiscal year with the approval of the employee's supervisor. These days must be taken before June 1, and cannot be carried over to the following year.

Every summer, the University institutes a scheduling change that shortens the work day during summer break. University offices close for business at 4:30 pm instead of 5:00 pm starting the Monday following commencement. This schedule continues through the second Friday in August, with regular office hours resuming the following Monday.  Only employees who work at least 30 hours per week or 75% of a full-time schedule and scheduled to work a minimum of 8-hour days are eligible.

Hourly employees should continue to indicate actual time in and actual time out on the time sheet. Pay will be adjusted in payroll to reflect an 8 hour day. During the “summer hours” period, compensation does not change for staff, despite the early closure of offices. Time worked over 40 hours in a work week will be compensated at the overtime rate. Additional hours over the standard summer schedule, but less than 40 hours, will be compensated at an employee’s regular pay rate. Any vacation, sick leave or personal preference time taken during the summer should be counted as occurring in a normal 8-hour work day, unless the employee works more than four hours in a day, in which case the half-hour summer hours release will be included as work time (for example, only 3 hours of accrued leave should be counted if 4 ½ hours are worked). The Meal and Rest Periods policy is unchanged during the period of summer hours.

This year, University offices close for business at 4:30 pm instead of 5:00 pm starting on Monday, May 15th (the Monday following commencement). This schedule will continue through Friday, August 11th, with regular office hours resuming on Monday, August 14th.

Employees who work at least 24 hours per week on average all year or 60% of a full-time schedule, are eligible to receive bereavement leave. Employees who are employed less than 40 hours per week or 100% of a full-time schedule will earn bereavement leave on a pro-rated basis, and must work at least 50% of their regularly assigned work schedule in a given month.

You may take up to three (3) days off with pay in the event of a death of a family member. If more than three days are needed, you may use vacation time, or request leave without pay through Oregon Family Leave.

Who qualifies as a family member?

For the purposes of bereavement leave, an employee's family member is a: current spouse, partner, child parent, parent-in-law, legal guardian, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, foster child, step-parent, step-child, step-sibling, or any other person living in the employee's household.

For more information please review the Bereavement Leave Policy.

Hourly staff who work at least 24 hours per week on average all year or 60% of a full-time schedule, are eligible to receive appointment leave each fiscal year to be used for appointments. Employees who are employed 40 hours per week or 100% of a full-time schedule will earn eight (8) hours of leave per fiscal year. Employees who are employed less than the full-time schedule will earn bereavement leave on a pro-rated basis. Employees must work at least 50% of their regularly assigned work schedule in a given month.

Sick leave may also be used for doctor’s appointments and if Sick Leave is exhausted, Vacation Leave or Personal Leave may be used as well. Requests for time off during the workday must be made in advance. Hourly staff must record the time they leave and return if the appointment only takes them away from work for a portion of the day. For new employees in their first year, personal appointment leave will be pro-rated in accordance with their hire date.

Employees should make every effort to schedule appointments to conduct personal business, including medical/dental appointments, appointments related to finances, or otherwise, at times outside their normal work schedules. When such scheduling is not possible, employees should attempt to schedule appointments during those times when reduced staff will cause the least amount of hardship for the department.

Salaried staff, do not receive additional paid time off to use for appointments. Salaried staff should follow their department’s practices and/or policy for scheduling appointment time and use of accrued leave, if applicable.

Employees who are employed 30 hours per week or 75% of a full-time schedule will be paid regular wages while on jury duty. Employees must present the jury summons to their supervisor or Dean at least two weeks prior to the first day of required court appearance. Employees who are subpoenaed as part of court proceedings where they are not a litigant or participant will also be paid regular wages. For a full explanation, see the Jury Duty/Court Appearance Leave Policy.

FMLA/OFLA medical leave can be used for the following purposes:

  • A serious health condition of the employee
  • A serious health condition of a family member
  • Birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child under the age of 18
  • Illness or injury of a child necessitating home care, other than a serious health condition

The Federal Family and Medical Leave Act and the Oregon Family Leave Act (FMLA/OFLA) protects your job while you’re on medical leave provided you meet eligibility requirements. To be eligible for FMLA, an employee must have been employed at least 12 months and has worked at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12-month period may be entitled to up to 12 weeks (unpaid) in any 12-month period beginning with the first date the employee must take leave. To be eligible for OFLA, an employee must have been employed with the University for at least 180 days and worked an average of 25 hours per week during the 180 days. The 25-hour limit does not apply for leave for birth, adoption, or foster placement of a child under age 18. The maximum amount of leave an employee may use at any one time is determined by the 12-month period beginning the first day the employee takes leave. For purposes of family leave, "family members" consist of a child (biological, step, adopted, or foster) under the age of 18 or adult child substantially limited by a physical or mental impairment, spouse, parent, parent-in-law, or person acting "in loco parentis" (such as guardian or another relative caring for a child).

FMLA/OFLA is unpaid leave, and an employee must use available accrued sick leave and vacation during the unpaid portion of the leave. No vacation, sick time, or other accruals based on time-worked will accrue or be counted during the unpaid portion of the leave. An employee on medical leave may continue group medical benefits at same cost as if actively working during any period of medical leave at the employee's expense up to a maximum of 12 weeks, by making arrangements through the Human Resource Office. At the end of the FMLA/OFLA leave, an employee will be re-instated to his/her former position or to an equivalent position with equivalent benefits, pay and other terms /conditions of employment. For more information, please see the FMLA Employee Guide the University's policies, and make an appointment to discuss eligibility, obligations, and to receive the appropriate forms.

In addition to the federal and state leave laws, Willamette University also provides for Personal Leave for qualified staff. Full and part-time benefit eligible staff that have been employed for more than one year, may request up to one (1) year of unpaid personal leave. A written request for personal leave must be submitted, at least 30 days in advance, to the employee's supervisor indicating the necessity for the leave, and the estimated dates of departure and return. Approval for Personal Leaves must be granted in advance by the employee's supervisor, appropriate Vice President or Dean, and will be granted at the sole discretion of the University.

Upon return from Personal leave, the employee will be restored to their prior position, unless it has become necessary for the University to fill the position on a regular basis or eliminate the position. Employees will not accrue seniority, vacation, or sick leave, nor receive payment for holidays or other fringe benefits. COBRA continuation for coverage of health benefits is available on a self-paid basis. Employees must use any accrued vacation while on unpaid leave, but may not extend their leave beyond one (1) year. Failure to return from Personal leave will be deemed a voluntary resignation.

Employees who enter or serve in the Armed Forces of the United States (including military reserves), who are called to active duty or mandatory training are granted a leave of absence without pay, in accordance with Federal and State laws. Additionally, employees whose spouse or domestic partner is called to active duty are eligible for leave under the Oregon Military Family Leave Act and FMLA. If an employee or their spouse/domestic partner is called to military duty, they should provide written notice of the need for leave to to the Human Resources office and their immediate supervisor or Dean, along with a copy of military orders if available. During Military Leave related to an employee's own military service, employees have the right to health and dental benefit continuation for up to 31 days, as if they had not taken leave. After 31 days, employees on Military Leave may continue benefits as long as compensation continues to be paid by the University, or through COBRA continuation.

For a more detailed explanation, please view the Military Leave Policy.

Pursuant to the Oregon Victims of Certain Crimes Leave Act (OVCCLA), Willamette University provides leave to assist employees who experience acts of domestic violence, or are otherwise victims and survivors of violent crime. OVCCLA requires leave for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking and prohibits discrimination against employees using leave under OVCCLA. To meet OVCCLA eligibility requirements, employees have to have worked an average of 25 hours or more per week for at least 180 days immediately prior to taking leave, and must have demonstrably experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or are parents of victims and survivors of such.Willamette reserves the right to provide leave for employees who have not met these eligibility requirements of the law, should the circumstances and severity of the situation dictate that provision of such leave is in the best interest of the employee and/or the University. For more information, view the Domestic Violence/Crime Victim's Leave Policy.

Resources
Willamette will make reasonable efforts to provide support and assistance. These efforts may include, but are not limited to, the following: