Administrative leave — also known as home assignment — temporarily relieves an employee of their normal job responsibilities. The employee is asked to remain at home during regular work hours but continues to receive regular pay and benefits.
This type of leave is rarely used and only in situations when an employee should not remain in the workplace. Common reasons for administrative leave include:
- To secure particularly sensitive information or resources if warranted by the circumstances
- To investigate allegations of misconduct, which, if true, could place people or University resources in jeopardy
- To remove an employee from the workplace who is behaving disruptively (pending an assessment of the situation)
Requesting administrative leave
Supervisors who believe there may be a need for administrative leave should speak with their HR consultant. The HR consultant can help evaluate the situation, determine the best course of action, and obtain the necessary approval, as needed.
The vice president of Human Resources, or the vice president’s designee, must approve the leave prior to sending the employee home.