Emergency Annual Leave
(Kathy Guild, CSEA Dep. Director of Contract Administration)
After receiving some complaints regarding how managers were treating employees’ requests to use emergency annual leave (EAL), per Article 9.2(e)(i) of the contract, CSEA and UCS Management had a further discussion regarding the negotiating history behind this language and how it will be treated by UCS going forward.
Both sides agreed that the leave is to be utilized by an employee when something unforeseen occurs and the employee needs to take an unplanned day off to deal with the issue. When an employee calls in to utilize EAL, they should provide a basic reason for requesting the leave. Managers should not substitute their judgment for that of the employee regarding the gravity of the emergency requiring use of this leave. It should not be requested for something that could be pre-planned, such as extending a vacation or for an appointment that has already been made.
If an employee has been previously denied the use of annual leave and call in to use EAL for the same date, managers can conduct a further inquiry into what the emergency is, as well as request substantiation of the emergency, in order to authorize the use of emergency annual leave.