Elon enhances staff vacation leave policy

President Leo M. Lambert has announced enhancements to the staff vacation policy for 2015. 

Dear Elon Staff Members,

I am pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2015, Elon University will enhance its vacation leave benefits for staff members. These changes are in response to the good work and recommendations of the Staff Advisory Council and its Quality of Life committee. The Council’s studies on the work-life balance of Elon employees suggested expanding our benefits policy in the following ways.

Beginning in January 2015, one day will be added to the accrual periods for regular full-time employees who work 40 hours per week on a 12-month schedule. The new vacation benefits are as follows:

Paid vacation for years of continuous service

0-4 years: 13 days (104 hours)
5-9 years: 15 days (120 hours)
10-14 years: 17 days (136 hours)
15-19 years: 19 days (152 hours)
20+ years: 21 days (168 hours)

Regular employees who work 20-39 hours per week on a 12-month schedule generally accrue paid time off on the same basis as full-time employees, with the time pro-rated to the number of hours worked.

Also effective in January 2015, the university is providing two personal paid days off annually to regular full-time employees who work 40 hours per week on a 12-month schedule. The two additional paid days off must be used within the calendar year and will not carry over into the next year. Requests to use personal leave must be approved by supervisors. This includes requests for full days or time taken in hourly increments.

We anticipate that some staff members may take advantage of these personal leave days during next year’s Thanksgiving break, when classes will be in recess during the entire week of Thanksgiving on the 2015-16 academic calendar.

I hope these additional benefits will allow you to enjoy more time with your family and friends and to refresh and recharge your spirit. We are grateful for the tremendous work done every day by Elon employees and we thank you for your continued commitment to the important work of this university.

Leo M. Lambert