Announcements Benefits Work-Life WUSM Announcement

Expanded Staff Time-off Benefits

As previously announced, the university expanded its paid time off benefits for benefits-eligible staff to support a healthy work-life balance. A new Short-Term Medical Disability benefit and enhancements to time-off benefits became effective July 1, 2019. View the new Leaves of Absence website hub for details on time off and to learn how to request leave benefits.

As of July 1, Unum, a long-time vendor partner of the university, began managing requests for FMLA, caregiver/parental leave, short-term medical disability and long-term disability. This partnership with Unum provides employees with expert resources to help navigate, understand and request leave benefits.

After first notifying their manager, employees must contact Unum directly at 1-866-371-5723 for leave benefit needs including requesting and reporting intermittent FMLA. Employees must report intermittent FMLA to Unum and record it on the WashU timesheet/leave record.

View the new Leaves of Absence Hub on the Human Resources website for policy information, helpful resources and step-by-step instructions on how to request and navigate a leave of absence. Please refer to this website to understand how you can use time off to proactively manage the health of you and your family and experience a strong work-life balance.

The university also announced a new time off schedule effective July 1, 2019 for vacation, sick time.

A new vacation accrual schedule for employees hired after July 1, 2019 can be found at There were no changes to the accrual schedule for employees hired prior to July 1, 2019.

With the announcement of the new short term medical disability benefit changes were also made to the sick time benefit effective July 1, 2019. The maximum accrual per year is 12 days and the overall accrual maximum is 50 days. For employees hired before July 1, 2019, sick time balances above 50 days will be frozen and will remain available for use. More information can be found at:

A new holiday schedule of 10 paid holidays was announced late last year replacing the prior schedule of 8 days. The current schedule can be found at

The university’s comprehensive time off benefits help you maintain your health, care for your family and recharge. A strong work-life balance is vital to the health and well-being of you and your family.