All employees with a minimum of 80 hours paid time in a pay period are eligible to accrue sick leave. 12-month employees will earn 8 hours of sick leave per month. 9-month, 10-month, and 11-month employees will earn 8 hours of sick leave for each contracted month of employment. Permanent part-time employees will earn sick leave on a pro-rated basis.
Employees accrue sick leave monthly and may carry days forward from one month to the next. Sick leave has no balance maximum. Employees terminating employment for any reason will have their accrued, unused hours of sick leave transferred to the Missouri State Employee Retirement System (MOSERS). Leave taken beyond an employee’s available sick leave balance may be unpaid unless otherwise required under state or federal law.
Sick leave may be used for an employee's personal or immediate family member’s illness, preventive care, and medical and dental appointments. When advance notice is possible, employees who are entitled to leave benefits must request leave from their supervisor in advance and record leave taken on their timesheet or leave report. To schedule leave, employees should submit a completed leave form to the supervisor at least two weeks before the requested leave. Employees must ensure that they have enough accrued leave available to cover the dates requested. Requests will be approved based on a number of factors, including department operating and staffing requirements.
In the absence of accumulated leave, all deductions from employees' salaries will be made on a pro-rated basis, according to the employee's daily pay rate.