Paid Time Off & Leaves of Absence
Paid Time Off
- Sick Leave
- Vacation Leave
- Jury Duty
- Bereavement Leave
- Expectant Parent Leave
- Family and Medical Leave
- Volunteer Staff Leave
- Staff COVID-19 Leave
- Faculty COVID-19 Leave
- Staff COVID-19 Elective Furlough
- Major Disaster Donated Sick Pay Policy
Note, staff employees accrue vacation and sick leave based on both their status (full-time vs. part-time) and years of service to the University. Faculty candidates, please contact Human Resources for time off and leave details.
Paid sick leave for full-time employees: 10 days per year (20 days after 5 years of service).
Sick pay accrues at the following rates for regular staff on 40-hour per week assignments. (The accrual rate would be prorated for eligible employees working fewer hours).
- Employees with 0-5 years of continuous service earn 3.08 hours per biweekly pay period or 6.67 hours per monthly pay period;
- Employees with 5+ years of continuous regular employment earn 6.16 hours per biweekly pay period or 13.34 hours per monthly pay period.
Please note that sick pay may be accrued to a maximum of sixty (60) days, i.e., 480 hours.
Employees may share their accrued (but unused) sick leave hours with other staff employees who have special needs. The donor may give up to 40 hours of accrued but unused sick leave per calendar year, provided he/she must maintain a minimum of 80 hours in his or her personal sick leave account balance, and must donate in 8-hour increments. For more information regarding sick leave donation, please see the policy manual or contact Human Resources.
Paid vacation leave for full-time employees: 10 days per year for the first 5 years; 15 days after 5 years; 20 days after 15 years.
Assuming a 40-hour per week assignment:
- Employees with 0-5 years of continuous service earn 3.08 hours per biweekly pay period or 6.67 hours per monthly pay period
- After five years of continuous regular employment, employees earn 4.62 hours per biweekly pay period or 10 hours per monthly pay period.
- After 15 years of continuous service, employees earn 6.16 hours per biweekly pay period or 13.34 hours per monthly pay period.
Employees receive 12 paid holidays per year, which includes one full week at Christmas. Additionally, employees receive two floating holidays each calendar year after completing 6 months of continuous service.
View the holiday schedule.
The University considers jury duty to be an important civic responsibility. Having loyal, conscientious, honest citizens serving on our juries is a basic and essential element of our American system of justice. Therefore, Pepperdine encourages jury service by its employees when their duties to the University permit.
An employee called to serve will be excused to serve on jury duty, and for up to ten (10) work days shall be paid at their regular base salary for such service. For an employee serving on a jury in which the trial extends beyond ten (10) paid work days, his/her absence will be excused until the trial is completed, even though the employee will be paid a maximum of ten (10) work days.
Paid leave due to the death of a person related to a full-time employee by blood, adoption, or marriage is authorized up to a maximum of three (3) working days, provided that such leave is required and is requested.
Leaves of Absence
Federal and California law provides for job protection in certain cases for time taken off of work due to pregnancy or becoming a new parent. Employees may coordinate their vacation and sick time along with time taken under California Pregnancy Disability (PDL), Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the California Family Rights Act (CRFA) Leave(s) and State Disability or Paid Family Leave income from the state of California to ensure their job is protected, and they are paid for time taken off of work due to pregnancy or becoming a new parent.
For more information please refer to our Expectant Parent Leave Resource page.
As soon as an employee becomes aware that he or she or a eligible family member is (or will become) temporarily disabled for any medical reason, the employee must promptly advise his or her supervisor in writing of the reason and the anticipated commencement date. A doctor's certificate specifying the expected duration of the disability is required. A formal medical leave of absence begins on the 31st day following the last day of work. Human Resources must be notified of any medical leaves that will exceed 30 days in duration.
After 5 years of service, staff employees are invited to apply for short-term absences to participate in volunteer service projects. For more information, please review the section 17.9 of the University Policy manual or contact Human Resources.
- Download Application for Volunteer Staff Leave.