Department of Management Services

Sick Leave

Sick leave allows you to take time away from work if you need to:

  • Recover from a personal illness (including maternity-related disability), injury or exposure to a contagious disease.
  • See your doctor, dentist or other recognized health care practitioner
  • Attend medical appointments for a family member for whom you provide care.

You earn sick leave based on whether you are:

  • A part-time or full-time employee.
  • A Career Service, a Selected Exempt Service(SES) or Senior Management Service(SMS) employee.

Sick leave requires approval from your supervisor and must be earned before it is taken.

Career Service Employees

Full-time employees earn four hours every two weeks if paid biweekly and eight hours and 40 minutes once each full calendar month if paid monthly. Leave is credited at the close of business on the last day of your pay period, and there is no limit on the amount of sick leave you can accrue.

Part-time employees and employees who work less than a full pay period (for example, new hires, or those on a leave of absence without pay) receive prorated leave credits based on time worked per pay period.

Your accrued sick leave moves with you if you change agencies within 31 days. If you leave state employment, and you have at least 10 years of service, you are paid one-fourth of unused sick leave credits, up to 480 hours.

SES and SMS Employees

SES and SMS employees earn 104 hours (all at once) when appointed and on each anniversary date thereafter. There is no limit on the amount of sick leave an employee can accrue.

Your accrued sick leave moves with you if you change agencies within 31 days. If you leave state employment, and you have at least 10 years of service, you are paid one-fourth of unused sick leave credits, up to 480 hours.