The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), in
compliance with Act 169 of 1991[i],
Act 1176 of 1999[ii],
and the implementation "Rules and Regulations of the Office of Personnel
for that Act, has established a uniform procedure to administer an approved
"Catastrophic Leave Bank
Program". This program will allow UAMS employees to donate sick and/or
annual leave for the purpose of assisting other employees, both Classified
and Non-Classified, who have exhausted their time-off due to catastrophic
accident or illness. Catastrophic Leave with pay (hereafter "Leave") is a
type of "leave of absence" created when time-off hours (sick and annual
leave) are donated to the UAMS Leave Bank for purposes of paying an employee
when they are incapacitated and unable to perform the duties of their job
due to a catastrophic illness or accident.
It is the policy of UAMS that no employee
shall directly or indirectly intimidate, threaten, or coerce (or attempt to
do so) any other employee for the purpose of interfering with an employee's
ability to donate, receive or use annual or sick leave, including
Catastrophic Leave. Eligible leave donors shall be full-time, regularly
appointed employees (Classified or Non-Classified) who have accumulated
combined sick and annual leave in excess of 80 hours. For purposes of this
policy, "full-time" shall be defined as 40 hours per week; 36 hours per week
for 12-hour nurses and 24 hours per week for Week-end Option nurses and
others who are declared "full-time for benefits" under specific compensation
plans. Leave may be donated in increments of one hour or more. Once
donated, the leave will not be restored to the leave donor under any
circumstances. All donated leave becomes the property of the Leave Bank and
may be used for the benefit of an eligible employee specified by the
Catastrophic Leave Committee for any employee who meets the criteria for
receipt of leave.
illness’ means a qualifying medical condition of an employee, the
spouse or parent of the employee, or of a child of the employee which may be
claimed as a dependent under the Arkansas Income Tax Act of 1929 (Section 3.
Arkansas Code 6-63-601(1)).
leave recipients shall meet e) of the following requirements:
||Occupation of a regular
(non-temporary), non-faculty or non-resident, "full-time"
benefits-eligible position for a minimum of two (2) years cumulative.
"Full-time" is the same as defined above for leave donor, and service need
not be continuous.
||Exhaustion of all accrued
annual, sick, holiday, and compensatory time-off, whereby continued
absence will cause a substantial loss of income.
||No disciplinary notices
(written warning) for any leave abuse (absenteeism or related) during the
past two (2) years.
||Certification from a physician
(or other individual as provided by law) of a Catastrophic Leave
will be granted only as long as the physician certifies that the recipient
is unable to work. Leave may not be awarded retroactively.
period" means a continuous period of at least thirty (30) working days or
six (6) weeks wherein the employee cannot perform work duties. Routine
disabilities or disabilities resulting from elective surgery do not qualify
recipient shall agree, as a voluntary condition of participation, that any
sick, annual, or holiday hours accrued while receiving Leave from the
program will be assigned to the Leave Bank upon their return to full duty.
recipient shall agree that any unused portion of the Leave, such as created
by separation from employment or return to work prior to expiration of all
Leave, will be returned to the Leave Bank and that no right of ownership is
created by the granting of the Leave.
While on Leave,
the leave recipient shall be paid the normal base rate of pay and will
continue to receive normal UAMS benefits, including UAMS contributions to
insurance and retirement. The recipient's merit eligibility date will not
change. The granting of Catastrophic Leave does not create any expectation
or promise of continued employment.
Catastrophic Leave shall be limited to the start of Long Term Disability
(LTD) payments, or a maximum of six (6) months, unless the recipient can
demonstrate that disability (Long Term Disability) or Social Security
benefits have been denied.
Leave may be requested and granted in separate instances without regard for
cumulative Leave granted.
The Catastrophic Leave Policy Committee
(hereafter "Committee") will review applications from employees for Leave.
The Committee’s decisions are not subject to grievance, arbitration or
litigation. Committee action may be appealed only to the Assistant Vice
Chancellor of Human Resources.
The Committee shall be comprised of at least
five members and the committee shall elect a chairperson from the committee
membership. The Committee will be composed of a representative from the
House of Delegates, the Academic Senate, the Office of Human Resources
management, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and the Director of Human
Relations. The Committee will review all requests for Leave, determine
eligibility, and provide a process for dispute resolution on Leave issues,
and will recommend action to the Chancellor or his designee. The Committee
may grant Leave only in one (1) hour increments but may not approve Leave in
an amount which would result in a negative balance in the UAMS Leave Bank.
When the amount of Leave in the Bank is at or near exhaustion, applications
will be reviewed on a first filed/first considered basis.
leave donor may voluntarily donate sick and/or annual leave, reducing
accrued leave to a minimum combined balance of 80 hours, by completing a
form for this purpose. This form should be forwarded to the donor's
timekeeper, for verification of the donor's leave balance. Following
verification of the donor's eligibility, the timekeeper will forward the
form to the Office of Human Resources (OHR). The donor cannot assign
his/her hours to a particular employee.
Payroll will deduct the leave from the donor's accrued balance(s), OHR
will notify the donor of the accepted reduction, and increase the Leave
Bank accounts appropriately. The name of the leave donor, amount of leave
donated, the rate of pay and the dollar value of the donated leave shall
be recorded. No deduction made from department’s budget for the value of
the leave donated.
employee requesting hours from the Leave Bank may apply for Catastrophic
Leave by completing a “Recipient Application Form” and sending it to their
immediate supervisor or department head, stating a case for eligibility
and need. A fellow employee, the supervisor, or the department head may
also initiate the request. The appropriate forms can be printed from the
http://www.uams.edu/ohr/Forms.htm. The required forms for an employee
include the Recipient Application Form, Physician’s Certification Form and
the Liability Agreement Form. For an employee to request Catastrophic
Leave to provide care for a child, an additional Dependent Child
Certification must be submitted and signed by the DFA-Revenue-Individual
Income Tax Section. If the child is a newborn, then a copy of the birth
certificate will be required. If the employee is requesting Catastrophic
Leave to provide care for a parent, spouse or child a letter must be
submitted from the physician and from the employee stating why constant
care is needed from the employee.
department head may support the employee's request by indicating on the
application form that the employee meets each of the criteria for receipt
of Leave. The department head may choose not to support the employee's
request by indicating which of the criteria the employee fails to meet or
any other reason the employee should not be granted Catastrophic Leave.
In either case, the department head will forward the employee's request
and the department's opinion to OHR. The requesting party (employee,
colleague, or department representative) must ensure that a "Physician's
Statement Form" is completed by the employee's attending physician and
forwarded to OHR.
receipt of the application form, OHR will verify that the employee meets
all applicable criteria, that the department has issued an opinion, and
and that all forms t a physician's statement has been have been received.
This information will be forwarded to the Chair of the Leave Policy the
Catastrophic Leave Committee.
Chair of the Leave Policy Committee will notify all Committee members that
a request has been received and will open the case for review.The
Committee will meet approximately every two (2) weeks to review
applications and make the appropriate decisions based on the information
the employee's department is opposed to the granting of the Leave, the
Committee will allow that department head and the requesting employee (or
their spokesperson) to appear in personprovide a written statement before
to tthe Committee.
the Committee finds that the Leave should not be granted for whatever
reason, the Committee will notify the employee in writing and allow the
employee (or their spokesperson) to appear before the Committeeappeal the
decision to the Assistant Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, in writing
with additional supporting documents.
approved, OHR will notify the employee’s department to post hours to
“CATLV” for AccuTime electric posting, maximum hours, start date and stop
date will be specified. Although paid, the employee will be considered on
“Leave of Absence.” Thus the department should place the employee on Leave
of Absence with Pay by processing this action in SAP using the PA40
transaction. For instruction on how to run this transaction, refer to the
SAP on-line Training Manual,
As with other types of Leave of Absence (see Section 4.6 of the UAMS
Administrative Guide), the department remains primarily responsible for
returning the leave recipient to a same or similar position at the
conclusion of the Leave of Absence. Department is responsible for funding
the employee’s catastrophic leave.
first twelve weeks of Catastrophic Leave will be counted toward the
employee’s rights to leave under the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA).
The notification to the employee will be included on the award letter that
will be sent to the employee’s permanent address.
sick and annual leave or holiday leave accrued by the leave recipient will
be reduced to zero and assigned to the Leave Bank upon the employee’s
return to full duty. The department should not process sick and vacation
time that will accrue once the employee’s vacation and sick amounts have
been used and the Catastrophic Leave posting has begun.
the approved Leave is exhausted at 1040 hours, or at the conclusion of six
months, or when the recipient no longer requires Catastrophic Leave, the
department shall cease to post hours and will notify the Committee OHR of
the date of the employees returns or the last date of posting.
end of the Leave period, and where appropriate, OHR the department will
initiate action to return the leave recipient to the same or similar
position. A Return From LOA action need to be completed by using the PA40
transaction in SAP. For instruction on how to run this transaction, refer
to the SAP on-line Training Manual,
Catastrophic Leave Bank will be administered in accordance with the
following guidelines:The following records will be kept:
||For the donation
process: the amount of leave donated by each employee, the rate of pay and
dollar value of such donated leave at the time of donation;
|| For the
award process: the amount of Catastrophic Leave awarded, including the
name of the recipient, position number, rate of pay and social security
||Any other such
data as required by the Director of the Department of Finance and
Administration or UAMS.
UAMS Catastrophic Leave Bank Program Recipient
UAMS Catastrophic Leave Bank Program Physician
UAMS Catastrophic Leave Bank Program Liability
UAMS Catastrophic Leave Bank Program Dependent
[iii] ARHMS Policy Manual