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Sick Leave Pool

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What are the Benefits of being a Member?

  • The use of hours from the Sick Leave Pool is for a member employee's serious or catastrophic health condition.
  • Employees who join the Sick Leave Pool may request and receive up to 480 hours in a 12-month period for their serious illness or severe injury after using all earned sick, annual (vacation), personal holiday and compensatory leave. Members may be granted a lifetime maximum of 960 hours during their employment with FSU.

Are You Eligible?

To be eligible for the Sick Leave Pool, you must:

  1. Be a sick leave earning Faculty, A&P or USPS employee with 12 months continuous service with The Florida State University (non-OPS).
  2. Have an earned sick leave balance of at least 72 hours.
  3. Have an average sick leave usage of less than 9 days for each year of employment at the time of application. If the annual use of sick leave is 9 days or more, apply for membership and provide an explanation for your need to use sick leave over the course of your University employment (surgery, accidents, children, care of parents, etc.). If any of the sick leave used was covered under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), provide FMLA dates of coverage.

When May I Apply for Membership?

An eligible employee may apply under one of the following circumstances:

  1. During the annual membership application period which is held each spring semester. Dates are published each year on the Human Resources web site.
  2. During any special enrollment period.
  3. Within 30 days from your FSU appointment date when transferring without a break in service from a State of Florida agency or University where you were a Sick Leave Pool member. If approved, the 8 hour membership donation will be deducted from your FSU earned sick leave balance.
  4. Within 30 days of completing 12 months of continuous service with The Florida State University in a sick leave earning position (non-OPS).

If approved, new members must donate 8 hours of their earned sick leave to the pool.

How Do I Apply for Membership?

Submit the Sick Leave Pool Membership Application found on the Human Resources website during one of the appropriate application periods. You may also contact the Sick Leave Pool Administrator by calling (850) 644-7936. Applications should be sent to Human Resources via email at, fax to (850) 645-9510, or campus mail using Mail Code 2410.