Doane University offers its full-time and eligible part-time staff employees paid vacation on an accrual based system. Vacation time must be requested and approved in advance (the sooner, the better) of the desired day(s).
Each department coordinates vacation time according to the University's needs. If more than one employee in a department or area requests the same vacation period, schedules may be adjusted by the supervisor. Typically, employees shall not take in excess of 2 weeks of vacation consecutively.
Employees qualifying for Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave must use sick, FML Paid Leave and vacation paid time off concurrent with FMLA time off.
Maximum Vacation Earnings:
Doane University encourages employees to use their vacation time so they can recharge and restore and take time off for personal reasons, therefore based on status and years of service, employees will have a cap on the number of hours they will be eligible to earn. Once the employee reaches their maximum earning cap, they will stop earning vacation hours until they use vacation time and drop below the maximum earning cap.
Earning of paid vacation begins the first pay period following their date of hire; however employees must complete three months of service prior to taking paid vacation. New employees receive a pro-rated vacation accrual amount based on their hire date for their first pay period.
Tracking Time Off:
All employees will be required to track vacation usage. Employees will track vacation use through the Kronos timekeeping system.
Employees will begin earning vacation at the appropriate accrual rate (based on the Employee Vacation Accrual Schedule below) in the pay period following the employees' anniversary date. This means that when an employee reaches a "milestone" anniversary (5 or 10 years of service) and he or she is eligible for a higher accrual rate, the employee will begin earning at the new rate the pay period immediately following his or her anniversary date
When employees terminate (either voluntary or involuntary) from Doane University, they will be paid their earned, unused vacation time the pay period following the termination date or within two weeks, whichever comes first. They will be credited through the last complete pay period that they work regardless if they leave voluntarily or involuntarily.
Non-Exempt (Hourly) employees who have completed at least three months of service may schedule and take vacation time once it has been earned.
Exempt employees may be advanced up to five days of vacation leave, which has not been earned.
If any employee leaves the University and has taken more vacation time than has been earned at the time of termination that amount will need to be refunded at the time of exiting the University.
Classified Non-Exempt Employee Vacation Accrual Schedule:
Full time (40 scheduled hours/week):
1-5 years continuous service: 6.66 hours/pay period or 2 weeks/year
*120 hours/3 weeks = Maximum Earning Cap
5-10 years continuous service: 10 hours/pay period or 3 weeks/year
*160 hours/4 weeks = Maximum Earning Cap
10+ years continuous service: 13.33 hours/pay period or 4 weeks/year
*200 hours/5 weeks = Maximum Earning Cap
Non-Exempt employees scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week shall earn vacation based on actual hours worked per pay period. Part-time Non-Exempt employees' Maximum Earning Caps are figured in a ratio equivalent to his/her percent of full-time employment. For Example: A part-time employee, employed for 2 years is scheduled to work 20 hours per week has a Maximum Earning Cap of 60 hours and will earn 3.33 hours/pay period. Note: Vacation time does not accrue on over-time hours worked, unpaid time or Sick Leave, FML Paid Leave.
Exempt Employee Vacation Accrual Schedule:
Full time (40 hours/week):
1-5 years continuous service: 10 hours/pay period or 3 weeks/year
*160 hours/4 weeks = Maximum Earning Cap
5+ years continuous service: 13.33 hours/pay period or 4 weeks/year
*200 hours/5 weeks = Maximum Earning Cap
Cabinet & Admission Counselors Vacation Accrual Schedule:
Full time (40 hours/week):
13.33 hours/pay period or 4 weeks/year
*200 hours/5 weeks = Maximum Earning Cap
Part-time Exempt employees scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week shall earn vacation in a ratio equivalent to his/her percent of full-time employment. Maximum Earning Caps are figured in a ratio equivalent to his/her percent of full-time employment. Note: Vacation time does not accrue on unpaid time or Sick Leave.
Temporary or Seasonal employees, Graduate Assistants, and part-time employees that are not regularly scheduled for 20 hours per week are not eligible for vacation benefits. Exempt employees working less than 12 months per year receive no paid vacation benefits. Athletics exempt staff and Post-Doctoral positions are not eligible for vacation benefits, but can coordinate time off with their supervisor. The date the employee becomes a regular employee scheduled 20 or more hours per week will be used to determine when employees are eligible for an additional week of vacation.
The University recognizes the following eight holidays per year:
- New Year's Day
- Memorial Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following Thanksgiving
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Christmas Day
- Floating Holiday (one per fiscal year; 7/1 - 6/30)
Holiday Schedule Policy and Holiday Pay
Some employees may be asked to work certain holidays when the university is in session, or for special events. To assist you with holiday planning, the following is the University's policy concerning holidays and holiday pay:
- Hourly employees who work on holidays will receive holiday pay at their normal rate of pay for hours the employee is normally scheduled to work, in addition they will receive pay for the hours they actually worked on that day OR employees may substitute a different day as a holiday in lieu of receiving holiday pay. In selecting a substituted holiday, employees should select a date in consultation with their supervisor that is consistent with the needs of their workgroup. Holiday pay is not considered in calculating overtime.
- Salaried employees who are required to work on holidays may substitute a different day as a holiday for the holiday on which they worked. In selecting a substituted holiday, employees should select a date in consultation with their supervisor that is consistent with the needs of their workgroup.
- For holidays other than Christmas or New Year's, if the holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday will be considered the holiday. If the holiday falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday will be considered the holiday.
- Holidays not taken during the calendar year will be forfeited. Unused Floating Holidays will not be paid out at the time of termination.
- All regular full-time and part-time employees will receive 8 holidays per year. If a holiday falls during a period when an employee is not scheduled to work, the employee may take another day off during that workweek and receive holiday pay. For example if they normally are not scheduled on Thursdays, and Thanksgiving falls on a Thursday, they can take another day off during that same week for the Thanksgiving holiday. In selecting a substituted holiday, employees should select a date in consultation with their supervisor that is consistent with the needs of their workgroup. Holiday pay is not considered in calculating overtime.
- Employees must be considered "regular" employees scheduled at least 20 hours per week to qualify for holiday pay. Employees considered temporary or scheduled less than 20 hours per week are not eligible for holiday pay.
- Christmas and New Year's holidays will be announced each year by August 1. Christmas and New Year's holidays vary each year based on the dates in which these holidays fall.
Paid Sick Leave
The university recognizes that employees may suffer illness or injury precluding them from working. Paid Sick Leave can be used to care for the employees' own personal illness or that of an immediate family member (see definition below).
Sick Leave is calculated on an accrual system (see below accrual schedule) and continues to accrue until the Maximum Earning Cap is met.
New employees begin accruing the first pay period following their date of hire; based on the hire date the first month may be pro-rated. Full-time 12 month, 11 month, and 10 month employees are eligible for sick leave. Part-time 12 month, 11 month, and 10 month employees working 20-39 hours per week are eligible for sick leave. Employees who work 40 hours per week and work for 10 months out of the year will earn Sick Leave during the months in which they are working. Temporary, seasonal, Graduate Assistants, Student Employees, or employees working less than 20 hours per week are not eligible for paid sick time.
Paid Sick leave is to be used strictly for absences due to personal illness or that of an immediate family member. Unused, accrued sick time is not paid to the employee upon termination. At the supervisor's discretion, any absence may require a note from a physician. A physician's note is required for absences extending for more than 3 days. Excessive absences will be addressed through the normal performance improvement process. Every employee is expected to use Sick Leave for bona fide purposes only and this time must be recorded.
Sick Leave Accrual Schedule:
Full time (scheduled 40+ hours/week):
8 hours/pay period (1 day per month)
480 hours/ 12 weeks Maximum Earnings Cap
Part time (scheduled 20-39 hours/week):
4 hours/pay period (1/2day per month)
240 hours/ 6 weeks Maximum Earnings Cap
Full time 10 month:
6.66 hours/pay period
400 hours Maximum Earnings Cap
Part-time 10 month:
3.33 hours/pay period
200 hours Maximum Earnings Cap
All forms of paid Sick Leave shall run concurrently with any leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act below and both the University and the employee shall comply with all requirements of the Act in the event of a paid Sick Leave. Paid leave shall be granted only to employees who agree to return to work following the paid leave. Vacation benefits do not accrue on Sick Leave time and Sick Leave time is not counted in calculating overtime.
Definition of Immediate Family for Sick Leave plan purposes: Spouse, domestic partner, dependent child, other dependents and parents who depend on you to provide their care.
FAQ's for Supervisors and Employees Illustrating the Paid Sick Leave Guidelines
Question: What is the general rule for determining if time missed from work is covered by the paid Sick Leave policy?
Answer: The general rule is that paid Sick Leave is granted when the employee is unable to render service because of sickness or disability. Paid Sick Leave can be used for maternity leave and will be treated as any other temporary disability. The disability will begin and end when medically indicated by the employee's physician.
Question: How are medical and dental appointments treated under the Sick Leave policy?
Answer: Routine dental and medical appointments must be scheduled outside normal working hours whenever possible. If this is impractical, Sick Leave may be used to cover such absences. In emergencies, employees are encouraged to seek medical attention and Sick Leave covers the full amount of time needed to obtain the "emergency" medical assistance.
Question: How should I treat time off needed to take an immediate family member to a medical or dental appointment?
Answer: The same rules that apply to employees apply to time off to take a family member to a medical or dental appointment. Routine dental and medical appointments must be scheduled outside normal working hours whenever possible. If this is impractical, Sick Leave may be used to cover such absences. In "emergencies", employees are encouraged to seek medical attention for immediate family members and Sick Leave covers the full amount of time needed to obtain the "emergency" medical assistance.
Question: If I need Sick Leave, what are my notification requirements?
Answer: When an employee is unable to report to work as scheduled due to illness, the employee must notify his/her immediate supervisor as soon as possible during the first day of absence. Normally, the employee should call prior to the time the employee is scheduled to report to work. When medical appointments are involved, the immediate supervisor should be notified as soon as the appointment is made. All employees, hourly and exempt, are required to report Sick Leave time through the Kronos Timekeeping system.
Family and Medical Leave Act
FMLA requires the University to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to "eligible" employees (faculty and staff) for certain family and medical reasons. Employees may also be eligible because of a qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin of the employee is on covered active duty or has been notified of an impending call or order to covered active duty. Employees are eligible if they have worked for the University at least 12 months and for 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months. The USERRA-protections for employees who miss work due to USERRA-covered military service extend to all military members. All periods of absence from work due to or necessitated by USERRA-covered service is counted in determining an employee's eligibility for FMLA leave.
Basic Reasons for Taking Leave:
Unpaid leave must be granted for any of the following reasons:
- For incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care or child birth.
- To care for your child after birth, or placement for adoption or foster care.
- To care for your spouse, son, daughter or parent, who has a serious health condition*.
- For a serious health condition* that makes you unable to perform your job.
*Definition of a serious health condition: A serious health condition is an illness, injury or impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves either an overnight stay in a medical care facility, or continuing treatment by a health care provider for a condition that either prevents the employee from performing the functions of the employee's job, or prevents the qualified family member from participating in school or other daily activities.
Subject to certain conditions, the continuing treatment requirement may be met by a period of incapacity of more than 3 consecutive calendar days combined with a least two visits to a health care provider or one visit to a regimen of continuing treatment, or capacity due to pregnancy, or incapacity due to a chronic condition. Other conditions may meet the definition of continuing treatment.
Military Family Leave Entitlements:
Families of members of the National Guard and Reserves are eligible for the normal 12 workweeks of FMLA leave while that family member is on **covered active duty or called to active duty status in support of a contingency operation. This leave may be used for "any qualifying exigency" arising out of the fact that the family member is on active duty or has been called to active duty, including: (1) short-notice deployment; (2) military events and related activities; (3) childcare and school activities; (4) financial and legal arrangements; (5) counseling; (6) rest and recuperation; (7) post-deployment activities; (8) to care for a military member's parent who is incapable of self-care and (9) additional activities not encompassed in the other categories, but agreed to by the employer and employee.
Special Leave entitlement: Employees who qualify under this FMLA provision are eligible to receive up to 26 weeks of unpaid FMLA leave to care for a covered service member. A covered service member is: (1) a current member of the Armed forces, including a member of the National Guard or Reserves who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy, is otherwise in outpatient status, or is otherwise on the temporary disability retired list, for a serious injury or illness.*** Or (2) a veteran who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable at any time during the five-year period prior to the first date the eligible employee takes FMLA leave to care for the covered veteran, and who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation, or therapy for a serious injury or illness.
**The FMLA definition for "covered active duty" requires that the deployment must be to a foreign country to qualify for FMLA leave.
***The FMLA definitions of "serious injury or illness" for current service members and veterans are distinct from the FMLA definition of "serious health condition." The definition of serious injury or illness for a current service member and covered veterans includes injuries or illnesses incurred by a covered service member in the line of duty and injuries or illnesses that existed before the beginning of the member's active duty and were aggravated by service in the line of duty on active duty in the Armed Forces.
State Family Military Leave
Spouses or parents of persons called to military service lasting 179 days or longer are also entitled to take an unpaid leave of absence under Nebraska law. If a family member of a service member is eligible for leave under both the federal FMLA and the Nebraska family military leave law, the leave will be deemed to run concurrently (counted toward the employee's entitlement under both laws).
Military Leave Questions
Employees who wish to take family military leave should consult with Human Resources concerning their eligibility for and use of such leave.
For staff, accrued Paid Sick Leave, FMLA Paid Leave, and Vacation Leave will be substituted for unpaid leave first, but will run concurrently with the 12 weeks of unpaid leave available under the act. Once the paid leave in exhausted, unpaid leave will be used and run for the remainder of the leave time available under the act.
For faculty, paid time off for FMLA approved leaves should be coordinated with the office of Academic Affairs and Human Resources.
The FMLA year runs on a "rolling calendar" year.
Use of Leave:
Leave can be taken in one block of time, can be taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule when medically necessary. Employees must make reasonable efforts to schedule leave for planned medical treatment so as not to unduly disrupt the employer's operations. Leave due to qualifying exigencies may also be taken on an intermittent basis.
Advance Notice and Medical Certification:
You may be required to provide advance leave notice and medical certification. Taking of leave may be denied if requirements are not met.
- You ordinarily must provide 30 days advance notice when the leave is "foreseeable." When this is not possible, your obligation is to provide as early of notice as is practical.
- The university may require medical certification to support a request for leave because of a serious health condition, and may require second or third opinions (at University expense) and a fitness for duty report to return to work.
- Upon notice of a request for leave and determination of the employee's eligibility for FMLA leave, human resources will notify the employee of the eligibility determination. For eligible employees, the notice will include the date the leave begins, the maximum amount of FMLA leave available, any requirements to provide medical certifications, and other information as required by law.
- For covered active duty leaves, you must provide a copy of the military orders once they have been received, your obligation is to provide as early of notice as is practical.
- For covered active duty leaves for Rest and Recuperation (up to 15 days), you must provide a copy of the military member's Rest and Recuperation leave orders, or other military-issued documentation.
Job Benefits and Protection:
- For the duration of FMLA leave, the University must maintain your health coverage under any "group health plan". The university and the employee continue to pay their respective portions of the premium during FMLA leave.
- Upon return from FMLA leave, most employees must be restored to their original or equivalent positions with equivalent pay, benefits, and other employment terms.
- The use of FMLA leave cannot result in the loss of any employment benefit that accrued prior to the start of your leave.
The university is committed to protecting the employment rights of employees absent while on military leave. In accordance with Federal and State laws that fall under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), it is the policy that no employee or prospective employee will be subjected to any form of discrimination on the basis of that person's past or present membership in or obligation to perform service for any of the Uniformed Services of the United States. Specifically, no person will be denied employment, reemployment, promotion or other benefit of employment on the basis of such membership. Furthermore, no person will be subjected to retaliation or adverse employment action because such person has exercised his or her rights under this policy. If any employee believes that he or she has been subjected to discrimination in violation of this policy, the employee should immediately contact Human Resources for assistance. Further information regarding policies under Military Leave can be obtained from the Human Resources department.
Leave of Absence (not under protected leave)
The purpose of a leave of absence is to protect a regular employee's continuous service to the university. A leave of absence is granted only when you express an intention of returning to work at the end of such leave and after you have worked for at least three years at the University. Absence of one continuous month or more is considered a leave of absence. The University may grant shorter absences without pay, however, all leaves should be requested through the Vice President in charge of your area.
No compensation is payable to you for the time you are on leave of absence. A leave of absence is not an earned right nor is it a guarantee of re-employment.
If a leave of absence is approved, all your benefits including medical and dental insurance will be continued for you. The university will continue to participate in payment of medical and dental insurance while you are on a leave of absence. If you are eligible to make after-tax retirement contributions under the terms of the University retirement plan, any contributions you make will also be matched. Contact the Human Resources department for further information regarding retirement plan contributions. Disability and life insurance will also be paid.
Leave of absence may be granted under the following conditions:
- If you can be spared from your duties;
- If you agree to return to work and specify the date of your return; and
- If a replacement can be found.
In case of death of one of the following: mother/step-mother, father/step-father, mother-in-law/step-mother-in-law, father-in-law/step father-in-law, sister/step-sister, brother/step-brother, son/step-son, daughter/step-daughter, wife, husband, son-in-law/step son-in-law or daughter-in-law/step daughter-in-law, you are paid for any time that you are absent from work commencing with the day of death through the day of burial, up to five days
In the case of the death of any other blood relative, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law of the employee, you are paid for any time you are not at work on the day of burial only. If the deceased relative lived in your home at the time of death, the policy outlined above for immediate family member shall apply.
Absence for Jury and Witness Duty
You are paid for the time absent for jury or witness duty. You may also retain any jury duty payments or witness fees that you receive.
If your services as juror or witness are not required for the entire day, you are expected to return to work the remainder of the day. You are also expected to report for work on any regularly scheduled working day when the court is closed for a holiday not recognized by the University.
Other Paid Absences
Full-time employees are paid for the time spent by them during regular working hours in fighting fires or in answer to other public alarms provided they are members of volunteer fire departments or emergency rescue squads.
Doane University supports new mothers wishing to continue breastfeeding or expressing breast milk during work hours by providing reasonable break times and areas for nursing.
Employees may use regular paid break times or unpaid lunch periods to breastfeed or express milk. Employees needing additional break times throughout the day to breastfeed or express milk should work with their supervisors to establish a flexible schedule which will allow employees to make up any missed work time.
Area(s) for nursing:
Areas for nursing will be established in relatively close proximity to the employee's work area. Areas established for nursing will be in a private area, free from interruptions.
Nursing mothers will be provided with a chair, a place to set a breast pump and an electrical outlet. Employees will provide their own equipment for expressing milk, including breast pump, containers and cooler.
Nursing mothers should contact Human Resources to make arrangements for breastfeeding or expressing breast milk during work hours.