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Rule 5-200B: Paid Time Off (PTO), Holidays, Paid Parental Leave, and Other Paid Leave for University of Utah Health, Hospitals and Clinics Staff Members. Revision 4.

Effective Date: July 1, 2019

  1. Purpose and Scope

    1. Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to implement Policies 5-200 (Leaves of Absence – Health Related), 5-201 (Leaves of Absence – Non-Health Related), 5- 300 (Holidays), and 5-301 (Vacation Leave), and align the paid time off, holidays, parental leave, and other paid leave practices for staff employees of the University of Utah Health, Hospitals and Clinics with the practices of peer health care institutions and the needs of hospital and clinic operations while creating flexibility for a diverse workforce, allowing employees to own all of their accrued time and reducing unscheduled absences.

    2. Scope: This Rule applies only to staff employees of the University of Utah Health, Hospitals and Clinics. Regulations governing all other University employees (including all University Faculty, all non-faculty academic employees, and Staff employees of all units other than Hospitals & Clinics) are provided in other Regulations, including Rule 5-200A (Scope, Eligibility and Limitations for Leaves of Absence – Health-Related – University Employees (Other than Hospitals and Clinics staff); Policy 5-201 (Leaves of Absence – Non-Health-Related); Rule 5- 300A (Scope, Eligibility and Limitations for Holidays – University Employees Other Than Hospitals and Clinics Staff); and Rule 5-301A (Scope, Eligibility, and Limitations for Vacation Leave – University Employees (Other than Hospitals and Clinics Staff).

  2. Definitions

    1. The definitions provided in Policy 5-001, Employee Definitions, apply for purposes of this Rule, including these defined terms: Employee, Benefits-eligible Position, Full-time Equivalent (FTE), Staff Member, Exempt (Salaried) Position, Non-exempt (Hourly) Position, and Temporary.

    2. Paid Time Off (PTO): PTO refers to accrued time, not including paid Holidays, that may be used by employees for any personal reason, including but not limited to observance of vacation, sick leave or other health related absences. PTO provided under this Rule incorporates and substitutes for the paid vacation and sick leave provided to non-Hospitals & Clinics employees of the University under other Regulations, and incorporates and substitutes for the Annual Personal Preference Holidays, which will not be provided separately.

    3. Extended Sick Leave ("ESL"): ESL refers to sick leave accruals earned during UUHC employment prior to the October 1, 2012 date of initial implementation of this Rule.

    4. Holiday ("HOL"): refers to the benefit of paid days provided to University of Utah Health, Hospitals & Clinics employees as designated paid holidays observed by the University of Utah, as described in Policy 5-300 (but for purposes of this Rule for Hospitals and Clinics employees not including Annual Personal Preference Holidays).

    5. Paid Parental Leave (PPL): refers to a paid leave benefit provided to University of Utah Health, Hospitals & Clinics employees that is to be used by the parent(s) in regards to a birth or adoption.

  3. Rule

    1. Paid Time Off (PTO) Benefits.

      1. PTO Eligibility: Hospitals and Clinics staff members are eligible for PTO benefits if they hold Benefits Eligible positions at not less than 0.50 FTE.

        Hospitals and Clinics staff in temporary positions, or whose permanent assignment is for less than 50% FTE, are not eligible for PTO benefits.

      2. PTO accrual rates:

        1. Eligible Employees accrue PTO benefits monthly, at rates determined by the Employee's position, years of service (rates increase in five-year steps), and FTE of the employee position.

        2. The applicable rates for 1.0 FTE positions are shown in Table 1 below.

        3. Eligible employees working less than 1.0 FTE, but at least .75 FTE will accrue amounts pro-rated by their FTE.

        4. Eligible employees working .50 to .74 FTE will accrue at 50% of the full time benefited rate, pro-rated by their FTE.

      3. Annual PTO carry-over limits.

        1. The maximum PTO accrual for Hospitals & Clinics Managers, Directors and Executive Directors is 600 hours. PTO will stop accruing when the maximum is reached and will begin accruing again when hours drop below the maximum.

        2. The maximum PTO accrual for all other Hospitals & Clinics staff is 520 hours. PTO will stop accruing when the maximum is reached and will begin accruing again when hours drop below the maximum.

      4. PTO during leaves. PTO benefits continue to accrue during leaves of absence with pay, but not during leaves of absence without pay.

    2. Holiday (HOL) Benefits.

      1. HOL Eligibility: Employees in positions of .50 FTE or greater (20 hours per week or more) are eligible for paid Holiday benefits.

      2. HOL Accrual Rates: Holiday benefits (for all categories of eligible Hospitals and Clinics employees) are based on the University's approved list of ten designated holidays (governed by Policy 5-300), thereby accruing at the rate of ten days (80 hours) per year for positions of 1.0 FTE, and prorated accordingly for positions at a lower percentage of FTE (e.g., 40 hours annually for a .5 FTE position).

    3. Table of PTO Accrual Rates, PTO Accrual Limits, and annual Holidays:

      Table 1
      Exempt/Non-Exempt Staff (rates for 1.0 FTE)

      Service in Years Service in Months PTO Accrued per Year (in days @ 8 hrs. each) Holidays per Year (in days) Total PTO & Holiday per Year (in days) Maximum end-of-year PTO Carryover (in hours) PTO Monthly Payroll Accrual
      0-5 0-60 20 10 30 520 13.333
      6-10 61-120 25 10 35 520 16.667
      11+ 121+ 30 10 40 520 20.000

      Manager/Director (rates for 1.0 FTE)

      Service in Years Service in Months PTO Accrued per Year (in days @ 8 hrs. each) Holidays per Year (in days) Total PTO & Holiday per Year (in days) Maximum end-of-year PTO Carryover (in hours) PTO Monthly Payroll Accrual
      0-5 0-60 25 10 35 600 16.667
      6-10 61-120 30 10 40 600 20.000
      11+ 121+ 35 10 45 600 23.333
    4. PTO and HOL Use and Cash Out:

      1. Eligible Employees are encouraged to take time off and are expected to arrange absences in advance with their supervisors according to approved departmental standards in order to prevent disruption of departmental operations.

      2. As more fully described in definition II.D above, PTO may be used for any personal reason.

      3. An Employee eligible for Holiday pay who works on any designated Holiday shall receive equal time off which shall be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the employee and the Hospitals and Clinics unit, which should be scheduled within the same pay period, if possible, and if not then within the same calendar year. And if such rescheduling is not completed within that year, then that time will be cashed out and paid to the employee at the end of the calendar year.

      4. Eligible Employees are entitled upon separation from benefits eligible employment to payment for accrued unused PTO and Holiday leave benefits.

      5. Eligible Employees will also be given an option once in the Spring and once in the Fall to elect to receive payment for a cash out of PTO from 20 to 100 hours, provided that they will have a PTO balance of at least 120 hours (pro- rated by percentage of FTE) remaining after the cash out per Hospitals and Clinics PTO Guidelines.

      6. In the event a Hospitals & Clinics employee transfers to a non-Hospitals and Clinics position with the University, PTO will be paid and/or transferred in accordance with Rule 5-301A. In the event a Non-Hospitals and Clinics employee transfers to a position with the Hospitals and Clinics , vacation will be paid, lost and/or transferred to PTO in accordance with relevant sections of Rule 5-301A.

    5. Extended Sick Leave (ESL)

      1. ESL Eligibility: Hospitals and Clinics staff members employed at the time this PTO rule was initially implemented (October 1 ,2012) are eligible for transfer into ESL of their sick leave balances which had accrued up to that date (but no further sick leave accrued from that date or later). Employees hired on or after that date, including former Hospitals and Clinics employees rehired after PTO implementation and Employees who transfer to Hospitals and Clinics after PTO implementation from non-Hospitals and Clinics positions with the University, are not eligible for ESL.

      2. An Employee with ESL may substitute ESL for unpaid FMLA after having used the allotted time requirement set by the University of Utah Hospital and Clinics (pro-rated by FTE) in connection with the FMLA leave occurrence.

      3. No payment will be made for unused ESL at any time.

    6. Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) Leave (Leave Without Pay)

      1. Eligibility

        1. An employee may request leave under the FMLA if the employee meets the eligibility requirements of the FMLA.

        2. An eligible Employee may request and will be granted unpaid leave for one or more eligible reasons specifically defined in the FMLA regulations.

        3. An eligible Employee may take leave under the FMLA to care for a Parent, Spouse, Child, and/or the Employee’s Domestic Partner. For purposes of this Section F only, the term “Child” means the biological, adopted, or foster child, stepchild, legal ward, or a child of a person standing in loco parentis, who is either under the age of eighteen or over the age of eighteen and incapable of self-care on a daily basis because of a mental or physical disability that substantially limits one or more major life activities.

      2. Notification and Certification of Need for FMLA leave

        1. An eligible Employee must notify the Hospitals and Clinics of the need for FMLA in the manner and within the time periods stated in the FMLA.

        2. Upon proper notification by the Employee, the Hospitals and Clinics will provide the Employee with information regarding the Employee’s rights under FMLA. The Employee shall be required to submit certification in the manner prescribed by the FMLA to confirm that the reason meets the specifications of the FMLA.

      3. Substitution (Concurrent Use of Paid Leave and FMLA leave)

        1. An Employee eligible for and requesting leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) must substitute any accrued PTO/ESL to fulfill the designated eligibility period of the current disability benefit for self, and then after that time period, may substitute any accrued PTO for an equivalent of unpaid FMLA leave. All other FMLA leaves (not eligible for current disability benefit) must substitute any accrued PTO/ESL for an equivalent period of unpaid FMLA leave.

      4. Benefits and Return from Leave

        1. An Employee may maintain current benefits during the FMLA leave as if the employee were actively at work in accordance with the FMLA. The Employee will be responsible for paying the employee’s share of the premiums for such coverage.

        2. Unless the Employee is separated as a result of a reduction in force, an Employee who takes an FMLA leave for the intended purpose of the leave shall be entitled, on timely return from the leave and completion of all required documentation, to be restored to the position of employment in accordance with the requirements of the FMLA.

    7. Paid Parental Leave of Absence:

      1. General Eligibility for a Paid Parental Leave of Absence

        1. An Employee is eligible for Paid Parental Leave benefits under this section III G if the Employee currently holds a benefitted position of a .50 FTE or greater with the Hospitals and Clinics and has been continuously employed in any position within the University at .50 FTE or greater for at least the preceding twelve consecutive months.

        2. A Paid Parental Leave benefit is available to an eligible Employee who serves as an Eligible Caregiver (as defined for this purpose) of her or his own newborn child, or a partner’s newborn child, or of a newly adopted child.

        3. The child must have been born or adopted on or after July 1, 2019.

        4. The Paid Parental Leave benefit provided under this Rule does not apply to a birth parent who does not anticipate becoming the legal parent of the child following birth. In such cases, the birth parent may be covered by current FMLA leave policies.

        5. Only one Employee may qualify for the value of a Paid Parental Leave benefit under this rule for a given instance of childbirth or adoption. In the event that both parents are Employees of the Hospitals and Clinics and are otherwise eligible for the benefit, either (i) one of the other may use the full value of the Paid Parental Leave benefit, or (ii) they may choose to divide the value of the Paid Parental leave benefit between them (with each taking a fraction of the overall available number of paid leave hours).

        6. An Employee on Paid Parental Leave of Absence is still subject to a reduction in force (RIF) if applicable.

      2. Paid Parental Leave Benefits

        1. An Employee wishing to apply for a Paid Parental Leave must simultaneously apply for an FMLA leave. If an employee has exhausted all prior FMLA time for the eligible period, but is otherwise eligible for the Paid Parental Leave, the Employee will be entitled to the 120 hours (or prorated equivalent) paid time. At the conclusion of the 120 hour benefit period, the Employee will return to the same position held at the time the leave began or to an equivalent position with equivalent pay, benefits, and working conditions, provided the Employee meets the minimum qualifications and can perform the essential functions of the position.

        2. Upon approval of the FMLA leave and the Paid Parental Leave benefit, an eligible Employee will receive as a Paid Parental Leave of Absence benefit 120 hours for an Employee at 1.0 FTE (or prorated equivalent for an eligible Employee between .50 and 1.0 FTE), which will be determined to be used either (i) at 100% of pay for a leave of three weeks, or (ii) at 50% pay for a leave period of six weeks. If two eligible Employees (as co- parents) are sharing the benefit as allowed under Section III G 1. E., then the number of paid leave hours will be divided between them accordingly.

        3. The Paid Parental Leave benefits shall begin no sooner than the date of birth or adoption and shall be completed no more than twelve months following the birth or adoption.

        4. An Employee is only eligible for the Paid Parental leave one time in any rolling twelve month period.

    8. Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) Reasonable Accommodation

      1. An Employee who is a qualified individual with a disability (as defined under the ADA) and who is not eligible for leave under the FMLA or who is unable to return to work at the end of the FMLA leave, may apply for a reasonable accommodation under the ADA. Additional leave, a job reassignment, or other more appropriate accommodations may be approved, unless the accommodation would be an undue hardship for the Hospitals and Clinics.

    9. Other Paid Leave:

      1. Bereavement Leave:

        1. Employees in position at 0.75 FTE or greater (30 hours per week or more).

        2. Paid bereavement leave up to 24 hours not counted against PTO bank.

        3. Available in the event of death of a parent, spouse, domestic partner (as defined in Rule 5-200A) child, sibling, parent-in-law, brother-in-law, sister- in-law, grandparent, or grandchild.

      2. Jury or Witness Duty:

        1. Available to employees required to be absent from work because of an official requirement to appear for jury service or a subpoena to appear as a witness at a trial, deposition, or other official proceedings.

        2. Employees who are requested to report for jury or witness duty will be paid for the FTE of their normal workday. To receive this pay, the employee must turn the jury or witness duty payment received into the employee's manager who will then send the check directly to the appropriate cashier or cash custodian. The payroll reporter will then add the jury duty hours into the employee time records to cover the time the employee was on jury or witness duty.

      3. Annual Military Training:

        1. Available to employees who are members of the National Guard or any organized reserve branch of the United States uniformed services.

        2. Paid leave for up to fifteen (15) working days per year for time spent for annual training at annual encampments or rifle competitions or other duties in connection with the reserve training and instruction requirements of the United States uniformed services or National Guard.

        3. Does not include active military duty, which is unpaid.

          [Note: Parts IV-VII of this Regulation (and all other University Regulations) are Regulations Resource Information – the contents of which are not approved by the Academic Senate or Board of Trustees, and are to be updated from time to time as determined appropriate by the cognizant Policy Officer and the Institutional Policy Committee, as per Policy 1-001 and Rule 1-001.]

  4. Rules, Procedures, Guidelines, Forms and other Related Resources

    1. Policies

      Policy 5-200: Leaves of Absence (Health Related)

      Policy 5-201: Leaves of Absence (Non Health Related)

      Policy 5-300: Holidays and Holiday Premium Pay

      Policy 5-301: Vacation Policy

    2. Rules

      Rule 5-200A: Scope, Eligibility and Limitations for Vacation Leave - University Employees (Other than UUHC Staff)

    3. Procedures

    4. Guidelines

    5. Forms

    6. Other related resource materials

  5. References (Reserved)

  6. Contacts

    The designated contact officials for this Policy are:

    1. Policy Owner (primary contact person for questions and advice): the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics’ Director of Employee Relations.

    2. Policy Officers: the Senior Vice President for Health Sciences.

      These officials are designated by the University President or delegee, with assistance of the Institutional Policy Committee, to have the following roles and authority, as provided in University Rule 1-001:

      "A "Policy Officer" will be assigned by the President for each University Policy, and will typically be someone at the executive level of the University (i.e., the President and his/her Cabinet Officers). The assigned Policy Officer is authorized to allow exceptions to the Policy in appropriate cases "

      "The Policy Officer will identify an "Owner" for each Policy. The Policy Owner is an expert on the Policy topic who may respond to questions about, and provide interpretation of the Policy; and will typically be someone reporting to an executive level position (as defined above), but may be any other person to whom the President or a Vice President has delegated such authority for a specified area of University operations. The Owner has primary responsibility for maintaining the relevant portions of the Regulations Library. [and] bears the responsibility for determining which reference materials are helpful in understanding the meaning and requirements of particular Policies."  University Rule 1-001-III-B & E

  7. History

Current Version:

Rule 5-200B: Rev.4

Approved by Academic Senate: April 1, 2019

Past versions:

Interim Rule 5-200B: Rev 0 

This Rule was first put into effect by the University's President as Interim Rule R5- 200B, (also R5-201, R5-300, R5-301) on September 10, 2012. It was later considered by the Senate and became a Rule as noted in the history of Rule 5-200B Rev. 1.

Legislative History of Revision 0

Interim Rule 5-200B Rev.0 was revised to become Rule 5-200B Rev. 1. This Rule also replaces interim rules 5-201, 5-300, and 5-301.

Effective Dates - May 5, 2014 to June 30, 2016 

Rule 5-200B R1

Legislative History of Revision 1

Last Updated: 8/4/21