Sick Leave
Regular full-time employees earn ten (10) days of paid sick leave per year, at a rate of .83 days per month. Sick time is prorated for part-time and academic-year employees, based on the number of hours worked. Sick leave is primarily intended to be used by employees for personal illness, injury, or other health reasons such as doctor visits. It may also be used to provide care for a sick member of the immediate family or household. NEC reserves the right to require medical documentation for sick leave absences.

To be eligible to use paid sick leave, an employee should notify his/her supervisor or other designated staff member at the beginning of the workday that will be affected, according to that department’s established call-in procedure. Extended absences of five (5) days or more require periodic status reports from the employee and physician or other caregiver. The supervisor and/or department head should notify Human Resources when an absence reaches five (5) days so that appropriate communication can occur with the employee regarding impact on his/her benefits and/or medical documentation that may be required for the employee to return to work. Unused sick leave may be carried over into the next fiscal year.

Absences due to a job-related injury or illness are treated under NEC’s Workers’ Compensation policy, as required by state law. These types of absences are not treated as sick leave under NEC’s policies.

If an employee does not have enough sick leave to cover an absence unrelated to his/her job, earned vacation or personal days must be used. Sick leave is earned on a monthly basis on the 15th of each month and is not normally available before it is earned.

NEC does not provide compensation for unused sick days upon termination of employment.