Time Away from Work

Sick Leave

Regular, full-time/part-time faculty or staff accrue are eligible to accrue sick leave. To determine your eligibility for sick leave, you may view the Georgia Tech Sick Leave Policy. To request sick leave, complete the Sick Leave Request Form (non-exempt employees) or access TimeOut in TechWorks (exempt employees).

Shared Sick Leave

Benefits-eligible employees that have been employed with Georgia Tech for at least 6 months can voluntarily donate their unused sick leave to a pool where it is shared by other Georgia Tech employees that have exhausted their own accrued sick/vacation due to their illness or that of an immediate family member.  Employees are given the opportunity to become a member of the Shared Sick Leave Program annually during Open Enrollment. To learn more about the Shared Sick Leave Program click here.

Family Medical Leave Act

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave each year. The employee must be employed for at least one year and have worked at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months.

The below is a list of frequently asked questions about the FMLA. For more information, read the policy, attend a Be Well session on leave, or contact the GTHR leave specialist. 

Educational Support Leave

To supplement work-life balance options for University System of Georgia employees, each full-time, non-temporary employee of the USG shall be eligible for up to eight (8) hours of paid leave per calendar year for the purpose of promoting education in this state as authorized by O.C.G.A. § 45-20-32. Only activities directly related to student achievement and academic support will qualify for education support leave. Education support leave is not charged against any other leave. Education support leave does not accumulate or rollover and is not paid-out upon change of employment status.To view the Education Support Leave policy, click here. To view specifics examples of activities covered by this policy, view the Human Resources Administrative Practice Manual from the USG.

Other Types of Leave

Bereavement,  Voting, Court duty with pay; military leave with pay (up to 18 days per federal fiscal year) or military leave without pay; organ donation leave with pay (up to 30 days); bone marrow donation leave with pay (up to 7 days); blood donation leave with pay (8 hours per year or 2 hours per donation, up to four times per year). An employee who donates blood platelets or granulocytes through the plasmapheresis process may receive 16 hours per year or 4 hours per donation up to four times per year. Please visit the policy for additional information.