Sick Time Policy

Bentley offers paid sick time benefits to eligible employees for periods of temporary absences due to personal illnesses or injuries. To be eligible to accumulate paid sick time, you must be a regular full-time employee, working 35-40 hours a week. If you are a regular part-time employee, who works at least 17.5 but less than 35 hours a week, or a regular full-time employee who works 9-10 months of the year, you are also eligible to accrue sick time benefits, pro-rated according to your work schedule.

Sick time benefits are accrued at the rate of 12 days per calendar year, or one day for every full month of service. You may ask to use your sick time once it has been accrued. Sick time is accrued on the 10th of each month, provided that you are in a paid status up to that date. If you are a Non-Exempt staff member, you may use your sick time in one-hour increments. If you are an Exempt employee, you will only be charged for sick time when you are absent for 4 hours or more during a workday.

The University reserves the right to request medical certification for any sick time you may use, as well as to request a Fitness for Work certificate before you can return to work following such an absence. Should your illness last for two consecutive weeks, and meets the definition of medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), it will be counted toward your allotted leave under this policy.

Your sick time benefits will be calculated based on your base pay rate and will not include any special forms of compensation. You will be allowed to accumulate sick time up to a total of 130 calendar days.

Remember: Should you be fortunate enough not to need to use sick time for personal illnesses or injuries, it is not to be used for any other purpose, except that an employee may use up to 4 days sick time per year to care for a sick family member. (See Use of Sick Time for Family Illness policy.)