Sick Time Pay

The University of Michigan provides sick time pay if you become unable to work due to a disabling illness or injury or to cover absences for preventive medical and dental appointments or to care for an incapacitated, ill or injured family member. Your supervisor may require you to provide evidence of your illness or injury, such as a physician’s statement.

Sick time pay may also be used by faculty and staff who need time off work because of their new parental role, whether they are caring for their or their partner’s newborn child, their newly adopted child, or a foster child newly placed in their home. The policy extends access to sick time for partners of birth mothers as well as for adoptive parents and foster parents. Sick time may be used for this purpose only during the year following the child’s birth or the arrival of the adopted or foster child in the home.

You are eligible for 15 days of short-term sick time pay each year. The 15 days do not accrue but are renewed on the first of the month of the anniversary of employment. Short-term sick time is renewed for bi-weekly employees at the beginning of the pay period which includes the first day of the month noted above. If you are working on a part-time basis (eight or more hours per week), you are eligible for proportional amounts of sick time pay. Up to fifteen days of short-term sick time pay may be used annually to care for an incapacitated, ill or injured family member.

You become eligible for extended sick time benefits after you have two years of continuous, regular service. You are eligible for extended sick time pay for a total of six months at full pay and six months at half pay. (SPG 201.11)