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Expanded paid sick leave approved for UC employees

In another step forward for UC’s support of work-life balance, UC will significantly expand access to paid sick leave effective Jan. 1, 2025.

UC’s leave policies for staff and for academic personnel will be revised to:

  • Expand eligibility for paid sick leave, including ensuring that part-time employees have access to paid sick leave
  • Expand the reasons for which employees may use paid sick leave
  • Provide paid sick leave that is “protected” so that the employee can be entitled to take the leave for a qualifying reason
  • Extend the period during which paid sick leave may be reinstated if an employee is reemployed after a separation from employment

UC also plans to expand paid leave options for sick leave purposes for represented staff employees and academic appointees, subject to applicable collective bargaining requirements.

For details, see the Systemwide HR Policy and Academic Personnel Manual Policy Issuance and Guidelines pages on

Expanding paid sick leave will add security and peace of mind for UC’s valued employees — whether full-time or part-time. With increasing wages, family-friendly benefits and expanded leave provisions, UC continues to grow as a great place to work.

More information will be shared before the Jan. 1, 2025, effective date.

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