Sick Leave Pool FAQ's
No. Apply as soon as you think you may need an award of hours.
Yes. All employees that accrue sick leave are eligible to apply for Sick Leave Pool.
Catastrophic illness or injury such as a heart attack, cancer, stroke, paralysis, or major life threatening injuries suffered in an accident are some examples of qualifying conditions.
A person can be awarded up to 720 hours per catastrophic illness or injury.
Because you remain in a paid status while on Sick Leave Pool, insurance is deducted from your paycheck as it normally happens.
Yes, but the accrued leave will be deducted before you are awarded hours for that month.
Donations can only be made to the general pool, not to a specific person.
Sick leave pool can only be used for the same family members for which sick leave may be used.
You may make annual automated contributions to the Sick Leave Pool of 8, 16, or 24 hours, provided your balance would not drop below 50 hours.
You may also make unlimited lump sum contributions to the Sick Leave Pool, provided your balance would not drop below 50 hours.
Employees who are terminating or retiring may donate their entire accrued sick leave balance. Employees who elect this option should carefully consider their decision. If the employee returns to employment with the State of Texas or a Texas institution of higher education within 12 months from the date they left UT, they are eligible to have their Sick Leave balances transferred to their new place of employment.
Yes. Any employee who has contributed to the Sick Leave Pool may submit a written request to the Sick Leave Pool Administrator to receive a refund without suffering a catastrophic illness or injury if:
- You have exhausted your sick leave balance, and
- You have an immediate need to use sick leave.