The Texas A&M University System has established a sick leave pool to provide a source of additional paid sick leave for employees who have exhausted available sick, vacation, and compensatory time as a result of a catastrophic illness or injury. Sick leave pool benefits are made available through voluntary donations of sick leave hours from current and retiring employees. For more information see System Policy 31.06.01.
Eligible TAMHSC employees who need to take time off due to the death of an immediate family member may request emergency leave. Immediate family members are defined as an employee’s spouse, or the employee’s or spouse’s child, stepchild, parent, stepparent, brother, stepbrother, sister, stepsister, grandparent, step grandparent, great grandparent, step great grandparent, grandchild, step grandchild, great grandchild or step great grandchild. A department head or designee may approve up to five (5) working days of emergency leave with pay for the death of an employee’s family member. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a benefit that allows qualified employees to take up to twelve weeks of leave per fiscal year for his or her own personal illness, for the birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member. Employees may also take FMLA leave to take care of personal and family matters in the event a spouse or another eligible family member is called to active duty in the Armed Forces. Additional FMLA information.
Effective September 1, 2015, individual employees may voluntarily donate sick leave hours to another employee as authorized by Texas House Bill 1771. A sick leave donation to another employee should not be confused with a donation of hours to the sick leave pool. Additional Leave Donation Information
This new leave benefit is another option to assist those who have exhausted their available sick leave to remain in a paid leave status and allow them time off to recover from an illness or injury. Employees may also use donated sick leave to care for eligible family members.