Paid Sick Time

Paid sick time allows an employee paid time off during periods of personal illness, to obtain medical services or to care for immediate family members who are ill, and in circumstances of the death of a family member outside the scope of the Bereavement Leave/Absence Policy. 


Fully benefits-eligible employees, regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours per week (.50 FTE) in a position that is six months or more in duration. An employee regularly scheduled to work 20 hours or more per week (.50 FTE) in a position that is at least 90 days in duration but less than six months is not eligible to accrue paid sick time.

Employees may be granted paid sick time when they are unable to perform duties because of

1. Illness, injury, pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions


2. When absent for the purpose of obtaining health-related services not available outside of regular working hours.

An employee may be granted paid sick time when the absence is the result of serious illness or communicable disease within the employee's immediate family, established household, or in situations that place primary responsibility for care on the employee.


Employees eligible for paid sick time accrue it at the rate of .046125 hours for each paid hour worked, which equals 8 hours per month for a full-time employee. Because sick time is earned per paid hours worked, employees who reduce their FTE will see a corresponding reduction in the number of sick time hours they accrue. 

Employees shall not accrue paid sick time while in an unpaid status or for overtime hours worked.


  • Please refer to your department for specific procedures. Sick time should be approved in advance when possible. Sudden illnesses that result in absence must be reported to the employee's supervisor as early as possible.
  • Employees who are absent from work for more than three consecutive work days due to a qualifying reason under Family and Medical Leave will have the period of absence credited to their Family and Medical Leave entitlement.

What Happens to Your Benefits?

  • Paid sick time has no impact on your current benefits. Benefit premiums will continue to be deducted from your paycheck.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Refer to your department for forms, if applicable.

Link to Policy

University Staff Manual policy 3-110/Classified Staff Policy Manual, Policy 201.0/University Handbook for Appointed Personnel, Policy 8.02.01

Arizona Board of Regents Policy Manual, Policy 6-804