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Information on leave, including holidays


Holidays

The university observes eight official holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following, Christmas Day, and other days as may be designated by the President. All full-time administrative, service, and support employees are entitled to receive eight hours pay for these holidays. When a holiday falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday is observed. When a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday is observed.

2017 Holidays 2018 Holidays
New Year's Day - January 2 New Year's Day - January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 16 Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 15
Memorial Day - May 29 Memorial Day - May 28
Independence Day - July 4 Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - September 4 Labor Day - September 3
Thanksgiving Day - November 23 Thanksgiving Day - November 22
Friday after Thanksgiving - November 24 Friday after Thanksgiving - November 23
Christmas Day - December 25 Christmas Day - December 25


Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-401 Holidays.

Vacation

All regular administrative, service, and support staff who have prior supervisory approval are eligible to receive paid vacation. Absences from work that are not caused by an illness or injury must be taken as vacation, except for: absences due to a family death, jury duty, or leaves of absence of less than 30 days treated as excused absences. Vacation must be earned before it is taken, and employees may accumulate twice their annual vacation accrual. Vacation is accrued at the following rates:

Employee Group Years of Service Days Per Year
Office, technical, maintenance, and service (includes all employees in positions designated as nonexempt and eligible for overtime pay) 5 or less 12
Over 5 17
Over 15 22
Administrative and professional (includes all employees in positions designated as exempt and not eligible for overtime pay) 5 or less 17
Over 5 22

 

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-402 Vacations.

Personal days

Personal days are paid days off to be used at an employee's discretion. These days are subject to supervisory approval. All regular administrative, service, and support staff are granted four personal days each year (upon the hire date and thereafter credited on the yearly anniversary of hire). All unused personal days are lost at the end of the anniversary year, even if the employee is on leave.

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-403 Personal Days.

Sick leave

All regular administrative, service, and support staff at 100% FTE accrue one sick day per month of continuous employment. Though accrued throughout the month, sick leave is not available for use until the first day of the following pay period.

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-404 Sick Leave.

Leaves of absence (general)

Leaves of absence are used to help employees retain their employment rights and benefits, and may be granted only after all appropriate accumulated leave has been used. A leave of absence without pay may be granted when such leave is for prolonged illness and injury, or for any exceptional personal/institutional reason.

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-408 Leaves of Absence.

Military leave

Any University of Missouri employee who becomes a member of the armed forces will be granted a military leave of absence for military service. Individuals on military leave can choose to continue to receive their benefits, or they can suspend coverage while on military leave.

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-405 Military Leave.

Development leave

All regular employees can apply for development leave, which can be taken for a time period extending up to a full year. Whether they receive external fellowships and grants, employees on development leave can receive up to full salary.

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-406 Development Leave.

Family and medical leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that provides employees the right to take a leave of absence for family, medical reasons, and leave for military families while maintaining job protection. Anyone employed by the university for at least 12 months who has worked at least 1250 hours in the 12-month period preceding is eligible for a family or medical leave (special limitations may apply to highly compensated employees). Accrued vacation time and other paid leave programs, as appropriate under university policies, must be used as part of the leave period.  Once vacation time and other paid leave programs are exhausted, FMLA leaves are without pay.

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-407 Family and Medical Leave Act.

Work-incurred injury or illness

If an absence is accrued due to work-related illness or injury, on the day of the accident or first medical attention, the employee will be excused from work without loss of pay. This time will not count against vacation time or sick leave. If able to return to work, an employee will continue to be paid during the period of time required to obtain medical attention related to the injury or illness. If unable to return to work, a regular administrative, service, and support staff employee will be granted an unpaid leave of absence for a period of up to one year.

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-409 Work-Incurred Injury or Illness.

Voting

Any employee who is eligible to vote in an election held within the state of Missouri may receive three successive hours' time off with pay for the purpose of voting. If an employee's working hours are such that they permit three successive hours between the opening and closing of the polls when not on duty, they are not eligible for any paid time off for the purpose of voting. Absence due to voting must be requested prior to Election Day. It is within a supervisor's right to specify the time an employee may be absent to vote. 

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-411 Voting

Funeral leave

Funeral leave may be taken for the loss of an employee's husband/wife, parent (including stepparent), grandparent/great grandparent, grandchild, son/daughter, stepchild, brother/sister, mother-in-law/father-in-law, Sponsored Adult Dependent, and/or foster child who has become a member of the family. An employee will be granted a maximum of three consecutive or nonconsecutive days leave without loss of pay or vacation during the period starting on the date of death and ending on the tenth calendar day after the funeral or memorial service.

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-412 Funeral Leave.

Legal proceedings

Employees involved in legal proceedings may receive time off to attend the proceedings depending on the nature of employee involvement. An employee requiring leave for legal proceedings should promptly advise their supervisor of the date and probable length of the absence.

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-410 Legal Proceedings.

Administrative leave

Administrative leave is paid time off for an employee’s absence from work when the employee is absent from the worksite at the direction of the university. This leave does not result in loss of vacation, sick days, or personal days. Regular administrative, service, and support employees are eligible for administrative leave, but this leave must be authorized by the President, Vice President, Chancellor, or a designee.

Get more detailed information from the HR Manual at HR-413 Administrative Leave.

Reviewed February 17, 2017.