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Donate unused vacation time to the university’s staff shared leave pool

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 1, 2023) —University of Kentucky staff who have vacation time expiring Sept. 30, 2023, as well as UK HealthCare staff whose time expires Dec. 31, 2023, are encouraged to donate unused vacation time to the university’s staff shared leave pool.  

This staff shared leave pool enables UK staff to help fellow staff members who have exhausted paid leave because of serious health issues affecting themselves or their family members. 

The university offered an extension on the expiration of staff vacation leave earned during the 2021-22 fiscal year to Sept. 30, 2023. UK HealthCare staff received a one-time extension on vacation originally scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2023, to Dec. 31, 2023. More information is available from UK Human Resources. 

For beneficiaries of the shared leave pool, UK staff members’ generosity has made important differences. Since the program’s inception in 2007, UK staff have donated more than 36,000 hours of accrued vacation leave to help those whose lives have been impacted by critical illness. 

Staff can support the program by donating their time in myUK. In past years, donations to the shared leave pool were only open for a limited time frame. Now, up to 10 days of half-day and/or full-day increments can be donated at any time within a 12-month rolling period. More information is available on the Human Resources website. Employee Relations staff members are happy to answer questions about shared leave. They can be reached at 859-257-8758. 

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