Duke offers three types of leaves of absence to enable employees to temporarily leave active service for personal illness, illness and/or care of immediate family members, educational needs, military service, family issues and/or personal matters. Both paid and unpaid leaves of absence preserve the continuous service dates of employees who temporarily leave active service, but plan to return to Duke within the time frame specified by their leaves of absence.
Duke's leave-of-absence program allows for the continuation of applicable benefits coverage during approved leaves. Staff members should discuss leave options with their supervisor and agree upon the conditions under which a leave might be granted – with particular attention paid to expected conditions regarding return to work.
Employees and supervisors are encouraged to contact the HR Director, Richard Lee as needed. Leaves should be requested at least 30 days prior to the intended leave date or in cases of emergency, leave documents should be completed as soon as possible. All leave of absence requests are processed by the Student Affairs Financial and Payroll Services Office and should be submitted for review prior to approval.
For more detailed information on Duke’s policies, see Work Absences: Leaves of Absence.