On October 8, 2020, Interim President Thompson approved the interim policy action SYS 1200-06, Interim: University Staff Vacation and Personal Holiday Carryover, which expires on December 31, 2021. It rescinded and replaced section 5.B, which can be found below.

Original Issuance Date: April 27, 2020

Expiration Date: June 30, 2021

1.     Interim Policy Purpose

The COVID-19 crisis has had a disruptive effect on employee schedules, including the ability to take planned time off.  Some employees have vacation or personal holidays that must be used by June 30, 2020 or they risk forfeiting those paid time off entitlements.  This interim policy temporarily amends sections of three UW System Administrative policies related to the carryover of these paid leave entitlements to allow employees the option of carrying over these leave balances for an additional year.

2.     Related System Administrative Policies

3.     Scope

This policy applies to all leave-eligible employees of the UW System, except employees of UW-Madison.

4.     Definitions

None listed.

5.     Interim Policy Statement

A. Vacation Time

  1. For the duration of this interim policy, UW System Administrative Policy 1210, Vacation, Paid Leave Banks, and Vacation Cash Payouts, section 4.D.2 is amended to include new provisions, 4.D.2.c and 4.D.2.d, which read as follows:

“c.  Notwithstanding section (b) above, any unused vacation time carried over from fiscal year 2019 into fiscal year 2020 may be carried forward one additional fiscal year.  Vacation carried over in this manner must be utilized by June 30, 2021.

d. Notwithstanding any institutional policies to the contrary, any amount of unused vacation time earned in fiscal year 2020 may be carried over into fiscal year 2021. Vacation carried over under this section must be used by June 30, 2021.”

B. Personal Holidays

The following section was rescinded and replaced by this wording from SYS 1200-06, Interim: University Staff Vacation and Personal Holiday Carryover:

 I. For the duration of this interim policy, UW System Administrative Policy 1211- Personal Holiday and Legal Holiday Administration, section 4(A)(3)(b) is amended as follows: 

“v.  Notwithstanding section (iii) above, any personal holiday hours earned in fiscal year 2020 by faculty, academic staff and limited appointees may be carried over, without limitation, into fiscal year 2021.  Hours carried over under this section must be used by June 30, 2021 or they will be lost.  Any personal holiday hours earned in calendar year 2020 by university staff may be carried over, without limitation, into calendar year 2021.  Hours carried over by university staff under this section must be used by December 31, 2021 or they will be lost. 

C. Compensatory Time

  1. For the duration of this interim policy,  UW System Administrative Policy 1277, Compensation, section 6.D.II.4 is amended with an additional bullet point, which reads as follows:

“- Compensatory time earned in calendar year 2019 which is unused as of April 30, 2020 shall be treated as though it were earned in calendar year 2020.”

6.     Supplemental Documents

None listed.