Special Circumstances Leave

Family and Medical Leave Act: FMLA refers to the Family and Medical Leave Act, a federal law which guarantees eligible employees up to 12 workweeks of paid/unpaid leave each year with no threat of job loss. FMLA also requires that employers covered by the law maintain the health benefits for eligible workers just as if they were working. Therefore, the University requires employees to use accumulated sick hours for covered absences. While on approved FML, employees are required to pay their portion of the health insurance premiums. Learn More about FMLA

Administrative Leave. When the President or designee has reason to believe that the presence of an employee on University property presents a threat to the health or safety of the employee or anyone in the University community, or represents a threat of substantial disruption or interference with the normal operations of the University community, the President or designee may place the employee on leave pending an investigation of the occurrence. Leave pending investigation is approved leave with pay and with no reduction of accrued leave. Under such circumstances, the Department of Human Resources will be responsible for ensuring appropriate accountability for managing and recording this leave. 

Education Leave: Education Leave provides an opportunity for full-time staff members who have been employed with JSU in a fulltime status, for at least on year to pursue the completion of a terminal degree. The Education Leave program provides for staff members to receive up to a twelve (12) month stipend of $1,500 a month plus university paid routine benefits which include but are not limited to health insurance, teachers’ retirement and the appropriate percentage match of eligible tax deferred annuities (if applicable), while enrolled in a full-time approved course of study. While on Education Leave, the employee will not be paid wages, but must continue to pay ordinary premiums and does not accrue annual or sick leave. 

Bereavement Leave. The University provides up to three (3) days to an employee upon the death of an immediate family member. Employees are required to complete an appropriate leave form and submit completed form to the Department of Human Resources. Bereavement leave may be allowed in circumstances involving the death of immediate family member, as defined hereinabove. 

Court Summons. Paid leave shall be provided to an employee summoned as a witness regarding university matters only. Paid leave shall not be provided to an employee serving as an expert witness. Witness pay shall be retained by the employee. Employees must complete a Leave Request Form. 

Jury Duty. Upon receipt of a summons to report for jury duty, employees must immediately provide their supervisor with a copy of the summons. Employees summoned as a member of a jury panel, shall be granted leave with pay and any jury fees shall be retained by the employee. Employees must complete a Leave Request Form; leave granted by the University during jury duty shall not affect the employee’s accrued annual or sick leave balance. Paid leave shall not exceed the number of hours in the employee’s normal workday. If jury duty does not require absence for the entire workday, the employee shall return to work immediately upon release by the court. (Acts 1969, No. 619, p. 1126; Act 2005-311, 1st Sp. Sess., §1.)

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