(Approved by USM BOR on April 21, 2017; UMGC President on July 1, 2017)
Purpose and Applicability
This policy establishes the amount and use of paid time off for disaster service and applies to all Nonexempt, Exempt and Overseas Staff employees on Regular and Contingent Category II and III Status of the University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC). Nonexempt Staff employees who are included in the representation of the collective bargaining unit are subject to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and applicable UMGC HR Policies; where there is a conflict between the two, the MOU will prevail.
Requirements for Time Off
On request, an employee may be entitled to Administrative Time Off for disaster service if:
The employee is certified by the American Red Cross as a disaster service volunteer; and
One of the following:
The American Red Cross requests the services of the employee during a disaster that is designated at Level II or above in the regulations and procedures of the National Office of the American Red Cross; or
Subject to any requirements established by UMGC, the President or designee, in his/her discretion may approve Administrative Time Off for disaster service for an employee whose services are requested by another bona fide service organization.
Amount of Time Off Allowed
An employee may use up to 15 days of Administrative Time Off for disaster service in any 12 month period only after obtaining approval from the President or designee. UMGC may deny the time off if the denial is based on the anticipated impact on the operational needs of UMGC. Employees who are appointed to work less than 100% but at least 50% time may use Administrative Time Off for disaster service on a pro rata basis.
Employment Status for Purposes of Certain Claims
For purposes of Worker's Compensation and the Maryland Tort Claims Act, while an employee is on Administrative Time Off for disaster service, the employee is deemed not to be a State employee.
The UMGC President has designated the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) to administer this policy; to develop procedures as necessary to implement this policy; to communicate this policy to the UMGC community; and to post the policy and any applicable procedures on the UMGC website.
USM BOR VII-7.26: Policy on Leave for Disaster Service for Regular Status Nonexempt and Exempt Staff Employees