In light of the current crisis in Kosovo, the University is publishing its guidelines on military leaves for Penn faculty and staff. The full Military Leave Policy can be accessed via the Division of Human Resources web site at www.hr.upenn.edu/policy/policies/611.htm.
Military Leave Guidelines
Excerpts from Policy No. 611, Military Leave
The University grants up to four (4) years of time off without pay for faculty and regular staff members (including staff covered by collective bargaining agreements*) who are called to or volunteer for active military duty in accordance with Federal guidelines. (Additional time off may be granted if the Federal government determines that an additional period of service is needed.) The employee is eligible to use any unused paid time off prior to beginning the military leave without pay. Also, the employee may use the ten (10) paid work days per fiscal year granted for annual military training or duty, provided that this time has not been used during the current fiscal year.
The employee's University department is committed to return the faculty or staff member to active University status in the same or comparable position, pay grade and salary within the department at the end of the military leave if the employee meets the following conditions:
During the military leave without pay, there is no accrual of sick or paid time off days. Time while on leave is counted as service credit in determining eligibility for those benefits that are dependent upon length of service. Faculty and staff members can arrange to continue their University medical/dental and life benefits while on leave by contacting the Penn Benefits Center (1-888-736-6236) prior to departure. Faculty and staff who return from military leave and are reemployed with the University are reinstated into their previous health plan, if available, with full coverage.
If you have questions about the Military Leave Policy, call the Division of Human Resources, Staff and Labor Relations at 898-6093 or refer to the policy online.
* University staff members who are covered by collective bargaining agreements should refer to the appropriate contract article for leaves without pay.
Steps to Follow for Faculty or Regular Staff Members Called To or Volunteering for Active Military Duty:
Steps to Follow for Supervisors or Department Heads if Faculty or Regular Staff Members Give Notice of Being Called To or Volunteering for Active Military Duty:
Contact Division of Human Resources, Staff and Labor Relations, at 898-6093 for any questions about the Military Leave Policy.
--Division of Human Resources
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 31, May 4, 1999