Eligible employees earn sick leave according to the schedule below. Sick leave accumulates from year to year. Sick leave can be used for the following reasons:

  • A medical, dental, vision appointment for you or a family member
  • Your own illness or injury
  • For temporary care of a family member with an illness or injury
  • After the death of a family member

The federal or Wisconsin Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) may allow use of sick leave for purposes other than those listed above.

If you miss work due to an absence of more than 5 working days, you must provide written physician certification (does not apply if on approved FMLA leave).

Faculty, Academic Staff and Limited Appointees

Faculty, Academic Staff and Limited Appointees who are eligible for sick leave start their first 18 months with 176 hours (22 days) of sick leave, prorated for part-time, called Initial Entitlement. This leave is available immediately. After the Initial Entitlement period, you may earn up to 96 hours (12 days) of sick leave per fiscal year.

University Staff Employees

University Staff project and permanent employees earn 5 hours of sick leave per biweekly pay period (130 hours per calendar year), prorated for part-time employees.

Sick Leave Credit Conversion Program

Unused sick leave may be converted to credits to pay for State Group Health Insurance at layoff, termination with 20 years of service, retirement, or death. Additional information on the program can be accessed by navigating to Retirement Plans in the left hand menu, then Sick Leave Credit Conversion Program.


Every effort has been made to ensure this information is current and correct. Information on this page does not guarantee enrollment, benefits and/or the ability to make changes to your benefits.

Updated: 05/29/2024