Spelman provides leaves of absence
without pay to eligible employees who wish to take time off from work
duties to fulfill personal obligations. Full time regular employees are
eligible to request personal leave as described in this policy.
Eligible employees may request
personal leave only after having completed 1 year of full-time service.
As soon as eligible employees become aware of the need for a personal
leave of absence, they should request a leave from their supervisor.
Personal leave may be requested for
a period of up to 90 calendar days every 2 years. With the supervisor's
approval, an employee may take any available sick or vacation leave as
part of the approved period of leave, provided the leave request meets
vacation and/or sick policy guidelines.
Requests for personal leave will be
evaluated based on a number of factors, including anticipated workload
requirements and staffing considerations during the proposed period of
absence. All personal leaves must be approved by the division
vice-president/provost or the President.
Employees will be responsible for
the full costs of their benefits if they wish coverage to continue.
When the employee returns from personal leave, benefits will again be
provided by Spelman according to the applicable plans.
Benefit accruals, such as vacation,
sick leave, or holiday benefits, will be suspended during the leave and
will resume upon return to active employment.
Expiration of Leave
When a personal leave ends, every
reasonable effort will be made to return the employee to the same
position, if it is available, or to a similar available position for
which the employee is qualified. However, Spelman cannot guarantee
reinstatement in all cases.
If an employee fails to report to work promptly at
the expiration of the approved leave period, Spelman will assume the
employee has resigned.
Policy No. 603 Effective Date: 9/1/2000