REMINDER: Donated Sick Leave Bank Opt-Out Period ends October 31, 2021

October 29, 2021 / PSU-AAUP

We wanted to remind you of the following information about the sick leave bank:

Open Enrollment is October 1 to October 30 and with it your chance to participate in the AAUP Donated Sick Leave Bank. This safety net ensures that when you are sick or need to take care of a family member you will be covered even when your paid sick leave runs out for up to 40 additional days of paid leave. To review the process and full benefit rules, please see the 2021-24 AAUP Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 32.

All members will be automatically enrolled in the Donated Sick Leave Bank unless they opt out. If you do not want to participate, you need to formally opt-out by using the AAUP DSLB Opt-Out Form. If HR does not receive an opt out submission from you by October 31, 2021, you will be irrevocably enrolled in the Donated Sick Leave Bank for another year until the next window period.

Some great things about this benefit:

  • By putting in your annual 6 hrs to the Sick Leave Bank, you'll be able to access up to 20 working days and request an additional 20 working days (up to 40 total) should you need to. If you’re someone without a lot of sick hours stocked up, by being part of the Donated Sick Leave Bank, you’re still able to access even more hours than you would have!
  • This is an opt-out benefit, so to be a part of it, you don’t need to do anything extra during open enrollment. It’s easy to participate! (If you choose to opt-out, you will be unable to access the bank or participate until the following year’s Open Enrollment.)
  • This benefit can be used for anything that qualifies under FMLA, OFLA, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or PSU’s standards around sick time (read those here).

AAUP members who will be paid in full or in part from external grants in FY 21-22 should be mindful that their irrevocable sick leave donation may be pulled from grant funds if they do not opt out of the DSLB.

For any questions, feel free to reach out to AAUP Sick Leave Bank Committee members Sarah Giles (, Peter Kramer (, Mark Leymon (, Phil Lesch (, or the HR Accessibility and Leaves Administrator (

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