Human Resources

Reminder of time off policy

With two high profile events coming up, please review guidance on responding to staff participation requests.

Friday, April 20: #NationalSchoolWalkout begins at noon with events reportedly to take place on all three UW campuses.

Tuesday, May 1: International Workers’ Day (also called May Day) is a day on which events are held in many major cities, including Seattle.

As a reminder, time away from work to participate in marches, protests, walk-outs, etc. needs to be requested by the employee and approved by their supervisor just like any other time off request. Supervisors are encouraged to be flexible in granting requests, however the operational needs of departments must be considered. As is true throughout the year, if the requested time off would impair departmental operations, the supervisor may deny the request. If time off is approved, the employee may use vacation time off, discretionary time off, holiday credit, or compensatory time to cover the absence.

Please contact your HR consultant to discuss requests to use unpaid time off for purposes of faith or conscience.