A military leave of absence will be granted to employees who are absent from work because of service in the U.S. uniformed services in accordance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Advance notice of military service is required, unless military necessity prevents such notice or it is otherwise impossible or unreasonable.
Employees will receive partial pay for two-week training assignments and shorter absences. Upon presentation of satisfactory military pay verification data, employees will be paid the difference between their normal base compensation and the pay (excluding expense pay) received while on military duty.
The portion of any military leaves of absence in excess of two weeks will be unpaid. However, employees may use any available paid time off for the absence.
Continuation of health insurance and other benefits is available as required by USERRA and the Pennsylvania Military Leave of Absence Act based on the length of the leave and subject to the terms, conditions and limitations of the applicable plans for which the employee is otherwise eligible. Life Insurance benefits may be converted from the University's group plan to an individual plan at the employee's expense. Tuition remission benefits will continue as if the employee were still on the active payroll. Contributions to the University retirement program are based on salary continuance and in accordance with the USERRA and all applicable state laws.
Benefit accruals, such as vacation leave, sick leave, or holiday benefits, will be suspended during the leave and will resume upon the employee's return to active employment.
Employees on military leave for up to 30 days are required to return to work for the first regularly scheduled shift after the end of service, allowing reasonable travel time. Employees on longer military leave must apply for reinstatement in accordance with USERRA and all applicable state laws.
Employees returning from military leave will be placed in the position they would have attained had they remained continuously employed or a comparable one depending on the length of military service in accordance with USERRA. They will be treated as though they were continuously employed for purposes of determining benefits based on length of service.
Contact the Human Resources Development Office for more information or questions about military leave.
Policy No. 605 Effective Date: 3/1/2004