Occasionally, the University may find it necessary to reduce staff due to financial constraints. In an effort to facilitate staff reduction with the least negative impact on the University and its employees, the University has established the "University Convenience Leave of Absence" for employees when the University does not require their particular services. One common example is an absence during the summer period between academic years.
"University Convenience Leave of Absence" means the absence is voluntary and acceptable to the employee, but it is for the benefit of the University (i.e., to reduce paid staff at times when they can be spared). In such cases, the University will pay the employer portion of the group insurance and provide other non-payroll driven benefits. (Under normal unpaid personal leave of absence, the employee must pay all insurance costs and loses eligibility for most benefits.) This policy makes it easier for willing employees to accept the unpaid leave of absence.
The leave of absence is to last for not less than one (1) month and not more than six (6) months.
The University will pay the employer portion of the group insurance and provide other non-payroll driven benefits. The employee must pay his/her portion of insurance premiums or other employee costs during the leave.
The employee must return to the job he/she held prior to the leave upon expiration of the leave.