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UK Employees Encouraged to Donate Unused Time to Shared Leave Pool

LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 15, 2022) — University of Kentucky staff who have vacation time expiring March 31, as well as UK HealthCare staff whose times expires June 29, are encouraged to donate unused time to the university’s staff shared leave pool

The university offered a one-time extension on the expiration of staff vacation leave earned during the 2019-20 fiscal year to March 31, 2022. UK HealthCare staff received a one-time extension on vacation originally scheduled to expire on Sept. 30, 2021, to June 29, 2022. More information is available from UK Human Resources.

This program enables UK staff to help fellow staff members who have exhausted paid leave because of serious health issues affecting themselves or their family members; it cannot be used by employees in an administrative no-pay status.

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, the shared leave pool was 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.

The University of Kentucky is increasingly the first choice for students, faculty and staff to pursue their passions and their professional goals. In the last two years, Forbes has named UK among the best employers for diversity, and INSIGHT into Diversity recognized us as a Diversity Champion four years running. UK is ranked among the top 30 campuses in the nation for LGBTQ* inclusion and safety. UK has been judged a “Great College to Work for" three years in a row, and UK is among only 22 universities in the country on Forbes' list of "America's Best Employers."  We are ranked among the top 10 percent of public institutions for research expenditures — a tangible symbol of our breadth and depth as a university focused on discovery that changes lives and communities. And our patients know and appreciate the fact that UK HealthCare has been named the state’s top hospital for five straight years. Accolades and honors are great. But they are more important for what they represent: the idea that creating a community of belonging and commitment to excellence is how we honor our mission to be not simply the University of Kentucky, but the University for Kentucky.