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Employee Leaves

Purdue University offers its employees a valuable and varied package of leaves.

Additional information and assistance with regard to Leaves of Absence and Employee Time Off can be obtained by contacting the following areas of Human Resources.

Questions regarding leaves processing and eligibility, including FMLA:

  • West Lafayette - Contact Staff Benefits
  • Calumet, Fort Wayne, and North Central campuses - Contact your Human Resources Office

Questions regarding leave policy interpretation and related benefit programming (i.e., Worker's Compensation, Short Term Disability, and Long Term Disability):

  • West Lafayette - Contact Staff Benefits
  • Calumet, Fort Wayne, and North Central campuses - Contact your Human Resources Office

Questions regarding the online leave system for faculty, A/P staff, continuing lecturers:

Employee Relations is able to assist with any employee relation issues that may arise due to a leave of absence. Please contact your employee relations consultant or call 765-494-1679.

The OnePurdue Leaves Reference Grid also provides helpful information.

Leaves for Faculty, A/P Staff, and Continuing Lecturers

Leaves for Clerical and Service Staff

Leaves Available to All Regular Employees:

Leaves With Pay

During an approved paid leave, the employee pays his or her regular portion of group insurance premiums and the University continues its usual contribution.

Jury Duty and Court Witness Duty (Paid Leave)

The University grants unlimited leave with pay to allow employees to fulfill their civic responsibility when subpoenaed for jury duty or court witness duty.

Bereavement (Paid Leave)

The University provides the following bereavement leave:

Immediate Relative: Employees are eligible for up to three workdays of paid bereavement leave over five consecutive calendar days for the death of the employee's spouse, parent, child, grandparent, grandchild, or sibling, and corresponding in-law or step-relative.

Relative Living in Employee's Home: Employee's are eligible for up to three workdays of paid bereavement leave over five consecutive calendar days for the death of the employee's uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, or first cousin if the relative lived in the employee's home.

Relative Relative: Employee's are eligible for up to one workday of paid bereavement leave for the death of the employee's uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, or first cousin.

Fellow Employee: Employees are eligible for up to one-half workday of paid leave to attend the funeral of a fellow employee, subject to the staffing needs of the employee's department as determined by the head of the department.

Military Leave Up to 15 Calendar Days (Paid Leave)

The University grants up to 15 workdays of paid leave per year to allow employees to fulfill their responsibility when ordered to report for military duty.

(The University grants unpaid leave for military duty that extends beyond 15 workdays in a calendar year. Please refer to Unpaid Military Leave information.)

Worker's Compensation (Paid Leave)

Employees who are injured while carrying out University duties or travel are eligible for up to one year of leave per injury. Employees may supplement worker's compensation benefits with their available vacation or sick leave.

Leaves Without Pay

The following leaves are without pay:

Military Leave Beyond 15 Calendar Days (Unpaid Leave)

The University grants unpaid leave for military duty that extends beyond 15 workdays in a calendar year. Employees should contact their Human Resources team for information about University benefits during a military leave of more than 15 workdays.

(The University grants up to 15 workdays of paid leave per year to allow employees to fulfill their repsonsibility when ordered to report for military duty. Please refer to Paid Military Leave information.)

Family and Medical Leave (Unpaid Leave) Act (FMLA) Leave

To be eligible for FMLA leave, an employee must have:

  • Been employed by the University for at least 12 months (consecutive or non-consecutive) and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the 12-month period preceding the date FMLA leave commences.

An employee meeting the above requirement is eligible for a maximum of 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the following reasons:

  • The employee's own serious health condition
  • Birth of a child
  • Adoption of a child or placement of a child for foster care
  • Bonding with the child during the first 12 months following birth or placement
  • Serious health condition of a parent, spouse, or child

During FMLA leave, the employee pays his or her regular portion of group insurance premiums and the University continues its usual contribution.

Expectant mothers: Additional resources are available from the University's Child Care and Lactation Support Program Web sites.

Paid Parental Leave

Paid Parental Leave Knowledge Base

For more detailed information visit the Leave of Absence & Disability Information on the Business @ Purdue site under Human Resources.