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Leaves - Miscellaneous Leaves

Unpaid Leaves

Unpaid leave may be requested when necessary. Refer to your collective bargaining agreement or employee handbook for more information. Continuation of benefits during an unpaid leave may be possible with the employee responsible for the costs of continued benefit coverage.

Benefit Coverage During Leaves

While an employee is on any paid leave (including disability leave, annual leave, and compensatory time), benefit coverage continues with no additional cost to the employee. During an unpaid leave of absence that qualifies as FMLA leave, health insurance coverage continues on the same terms as during active employment, with the University and the employee each paying the customary share of premiums. If the employee is not eligible for FMLA leave or the employee continues to need unpaid leave after the maximum twelve week FMLA period, the employee is responsible for costs of continued benefit coverage.

Pay Coverage During Leaves

Paid leave leave may be available to employees. Eligible employees accrue sick leave and vacation time. Sick leave may be used for eligible absences. Vacation time when available is prearranged with your supervisor.

Medical Release to Return to Work

An employee who has been on leave for four weeks or longer due to his or her own medical condition is required to provide medical documentation of the employee’s ability to return to work.


The University provides bereavement and/or funeral leave. Employees should check the specific collective bargaining agreement and handbook and consult their supervisor for bereavement and/or funeral leave.

Miscellaneous Leaves

All regular employees who are members of the National Guard or military reservists are eligible for leave without loss of pay for not more than two weeks per year when engaged in training authorized by the governor or under the provisions of the National Defense Act.

Leaves for jury duty and court appearances are specifically outlined in the appropriate collective bargaining agreements. Regular employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement who are called to serve on a jury involuntarily will be given administrative leave without loss of pay.

Please call the Office of Human Resources at 581-1581 for answers to other questions regarding leaves of absence.

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Contact Information

Office of Human Resources
5717 Corbett Hall
Orono, ME 04469
Phone: (207)581-1581E-mail:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System