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Sick Leave


  Employee Sick Time Benefits

Sick Time Accrual Rate

12 days/year at 8 hours/month

The purpose of accrued/earned sick time is for employee use when absence is due to the illness or related appointment of the employee or the employee’s minor/dependent child, or the employee’s spouse.

  • In the event of illness or any other unscheduled absence, the employee must contact the supervisor before their scheduled starting time, or as soon as possible, to notify the supervisor of the absence and advise the supervisor of the circumstances and the anticipated length of the absence. If more than three days is anticipated or if the employee has questions related to, they need to reach out to Tara Rice at (972) 758-3849.
  • Extended Family Sick Time - up to a maximum of three days (24 hours) per fiscal year of accrued sick leave may be used for the illness, medical or dental appointments of extended family members, which includes mother, father, adult children, grandmother, grandfather, grandchildren, sister, brother and in-laws. Step and foster relationships of the above are included in the definition of extended family members.
  • Employees will submit their absence request for time off in Workday.
  • Employees may accrue up to 720 hours of sick time.
  • Unused sick time is not payable at termination of employment or movement to a non-benefits eligible position.

If you need more information or have questions, contact the HR/Benefits Team at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) at 972-599-3152.


Critical Illness Leave Benefits

The purpose of Critical Illness Leave is to provide all full-time benefits eligible employees up to three days (24 hours) of paid time off for the critical illness of an immediate family member. 

“Immediate family” for this policy is defined as: the employee’s spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, children, grandparents, grandchildren, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, or other person who occupies a position of similar position/role/standing in the family of the employee.  An employee's step and foster relationships with the above are included in the definition of “immediate family.” [DEC(Local)]

  • Employees will submit their absence request for time off in Workday.

If you need more information or have questions, contact the HR/Benefits Team at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) at 972-599-3152.


Sick Leave Bank

The Sick Leave Bank (also referred to as Sick Leave Pool, SLP) is an income replacement resource for full-time, non-grant employees who face a catastrophic injury/illness (as defined in DEC(LOCAL)) and who have exhausted all of their own available paid time off.  The bank exists due to donations from employees who have contributed hours from their unused Sick time hours.

While separate forms are also required for documentation of leave of absence, to apply for paid leave hours from the Sick Leave Bank:

  1. The employee gets the following forms completed and sends them to HR/Benefits:
    1. Employee SLP Request form and forwards it HR.
    2. Treating Physician - the SLP Medical Certification Form

SLP requests are eligible for an award if the employee meets all eligibility requirements, all required information is submitted, and if hours are available in the Bank. 

Hours are awarded based on a pre-approved table of diagnosis codes.  The maximum award is 200 hours per employee condition/cause.

Employees who would like to contribute to the SLP may do so when the request for donations is sent by the Human Resources Office.  Requests for donations are usually made annually and are based on the number of hours available at that time.

Please note, employees who are in grant-funded positions are not eligible for to receive hours from the Sick Leave Bank.

If you need more information or have questions, contact the HR/Benefits Team at the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) at 972-599-3152.

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