Librarians may be granted leave without pay for any of the following reasons:

  • Illness, disability, or injury
  • Parental leave
  • Educational leave (e.g. going back to school)
  • Military leave
  • Leave for government service in public interest
  • Maternity-related disability and infant care leave (see the Becoming a Parent and Paid Family Medical Leave web pages)
  • Other reasons acceptable to the employing department

Use of Leave Without Pay

Accrued paid leave must be used before going on leave without pay, unless the leave is a disability, military, or parental leave, or is covered by the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or Paid Family Medical Leave (PFML). Leave without pay should not exceed one academic year. Librarians are not charged leave without pay for a partial day absence.

Generally, librarians returning from an authorized leave without pay are employed in the same job or in another job in the same class, geographical area and organizational unit. Such return to employment, however, must not conflict with rules relating to layoff or other terms of the librarian employment program.

Should the librarian’s job be eliminated while the employee is on approved leave, at the time the employee is available to return to active status, if there is no other comparable vacancy in the unit, the employee will be terminated under the provisions for layoff – reduction in force.