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Leave Benefits - Sick Leave

(General information is provided below. Represented Classified employees should refer to their contract for specific information regarding sick leave.)

You begin to earn sick leave immediately upon employment and there is no limit of how much can be accumulated. Classified employees accrue sick leave credit at the rate of .0625 hour for each hour in pay status, not to exceed five hours in any biweekly pay period. Sick leave cannot be used before it is accrued.

Sick leave can be used for personal illness, injury, disability, or maternity. It may also be used for:

  • Medical or dental appointments for the employee, their spouse, and dependents living in the household with the employee.
  • Temporary emergency care of ill or injured members of your immediate family for a limited period of time.
  • Care of newly adopted children.
  • Funeral leave.

This is not a complete list of possible use of sick leave. The respective union contracts and the Wisconsin Administrative Code provide more information.

If you are enrolled in the State Group Health Insurance Program and retire on an immediate annuity, retire and receive a lump sum benefit, or terminate employment (at any age) with 20 years WRS creditable service but defer application for retirement benefit, unused sick leave credits are converted to a cash value and used to pay your health insurance premiums.

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