Staff Vacation Donation Reinstated
Staff vacation donation, previously suspended due to the need for compliance updates, has been reinstated. This is a very important benefit, and one in which employees can demonstrate care for each other in times of critical need. The newly updated guidelines allow for the donation of vacation time to employees who are suffering from a personal or immediate family catastrophic illness or injury, and who do not have enough accrued time to remain in pay status during their absence.
The following new provisions apply:
• Donations may be made across departmental lines from individual to individual.
• Donors and recipients will be subject to payroll withholdings in accordance with the University’s established payroll practices and the Internal Revenue Code.
• Donated vacation time may be used to supplement the recipient’s short-term disability benefits. The short-term disability benefits provide 66 2/3 percent of an employee’s income while on an approved leave of absence due to a qualifying medical condition. Where a recipient is receiving short-term disability benefits under the plan, donated vacation time may be used to cover the remaining unpaid portion of an employee’s salary (33 1/3 percent), as well as the required 15-day waiting period.