Leave of Absence Without Pay for Personal Reasons

Date Updated: May 9th, 2012

Leaves of absence without pay for personal reasons may, at Scripps College’s sole discretion, be granted for such purposes as career development, public service, or special family needs. In some cases, it is possible to grant a leave and to hold the position open for the employee’s return. In other cases, it is not possible to hold the position open. There is no guarantee that the employee will be returned to his/her former position. It is important that the supervisor and employee discuss a request for personal leave and that it is clearly understood whether or not the position will be held open for the employee’s return.

To be eligible for an unpaid personal leave, an employee must be on regular status and must have completed at least one year of continuous service. The request for leave must be approved by the employee’s Senior Staff member and the Scripps College Human Resources Director. Consideration will be given to the employee’s reason for requesting the leave and the effect of the employee’s absence on the operation of the department and/or college.

Leaves of absence for a period longer than 30 days normally are granted only to employees who have completed at least two years of continuous service. The maximum duration of a personal leave is one year.

A leave of absence will not be granted to an employee who has accepted employment elsewhere. If an employee on leave accepts employment elsewhere, the leave will be ended immediately and employment terminated. Failure to return to work at the end of a leave will be considered a voluntary resignation of employment.

When a leave is granted, there is no break in service. Employee pay and benefits are discontinued during periods of leaves of absence for personal reasons.