Catastrophic Leave Sharing
The UCR Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program permits an employee to voluntarily donate a portion of their accrued vacation leave to be used by other University employees (who have exhausted all of their own accrued paid leave benefits) to address circumstances such as: a catastrophic injury or illness or an employee; caring for a catastrophically ill or injured family member or household member; the death of a family or household member; or a catastrophic casualty loss suffered by an employee due to, for example, a terrorist attack, fire, or natural disaster. Please click here to view a printable version of the Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program Guidelines. Related policy and procedure: Personnel Policy 2.210 - Absence from Work
Catastrophic Illness or Injury
A serious non-work-related health condition of the employee or employee's family or household (e.g., spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, in-laws, step-relatives in the relationship or individuals residing in the employee's household), which creates a financial hardship because the employee has exhausted all available leave credits and is not, or not yet, eligible for disability benefits.
Serious Health Condition
A serious health condition is an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition that involves:
Catastrophic Casualty Loss
A loss suffered by an employee due to a terrorist attack, fire, or natural disaster.
Eligible Recipient (Requestor)
A UCR employee is eligible to receive Catastrophic Leave if they:
UCR career staff employees or academic employees who are eligible to accrue and use vacation.
Donation Leave Credits
Leave that may be donated is defined as accrued whole hours of vacation leave. Sick leave and compensatory time cannot be donated.
Approved Leave of Absence
Approved leave of absence is defined as the requestor’s department being in receipt of all required leave paperwork as determined by the type of leave being requested.
The Human Resources Associate Vice Chancellor may authorize exceptions to limits in unusual situations, consistent with systemwide policy and collective bargaining agreements.
Requesting Catastrophic Leave
Donating Vacation Hours to the Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program
In the case of approved bereavement leave, up to 40 hours of catastrophic leave may be used if all other paid leave has been exhausted and the employee is receiving catastrophic leave donations immediately prior to the effective date of the bereavement leave.