Catastrophic Leave Donation Program

The Catastrophic Leave Donation Program is intended to provide a recipient employee donated leave credits, to be used to supplement Industrial Disability Leave, Non-Industrial Disability Insurance, or Temporary Disability payments.

To qualify for the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program, the recipient employee shall have exhausted all accrued leave credits due to catastrophic illness or injury that has totally incapacitated the employee from a full day of work (partial work days are excluded). Eligibility extends to an immediate family member who is totally incapacitated due to illness or injury which requires the employee's assistance. The recipient employee must request participation in the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program in order to request and receive donations using the Verification of Eligibility for Catastrophic Leave Donation Program form. The benefit payment depends on number of leave credits donated.

An employee who accrues vacation or sick leave credits may voluntarily donate either of those credits to another employee at SSU. In the case of a donation request for the care of an immediate family member, only vacation hours are eligible for donation. The total donated leave credits normally shall not exceed an amount necessary to continue the employee’s full salary for a period of three calendar months calculated from the first day of catastrophic leave. The President may approve an additional three-month period in exceptional cases.

The following are the maximum hours that may be donated per fiscal year:

Donation Schedule
Bargaining Unit Hours Maximum
1 (Physicians)
16
2, 5, 7, 9 (CSUEU)
40
3 (Faculty)
40
4 (Academic Support)
40
6 (Skilled Trades)
40
8 (Public Safety)
40
10 (Operating Engineers)
16
11 (Academic Student Employees in certain classifications only)
16
Confidential (C99)
40
Management Personnel Plan (M80)
40
Executive (M98)
40
Excluded (E99, including TA’s)
40

For additional information regarding catastrophic leave donations, please refer to the appropriate Collective Bargaining Agreement for represented employees, and CSU policy for non-represented employees.

If you are interested in the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program or would like more information, please contact Heather Cain at heather.cain@sonoma.edu , or (707) 664-2983.