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Health / Safety

A message to state-classified employees on enhancements to the Leave Sharing Program

June 29, 2012

The Leave Sharing Program was established to provide income protection to eligible state classified employees who need to be absent from work for a prolonged period of time, but who have inadequate paid time-off accumulated (annual leave, sick leave, compensatory time or accrued holiday time) to cover the absence.  

Pursuant to C.R.S. §24-50-104(7)(c) (as amended, 2009), CSU has the authority to establish new procedures to broaden the program’s spectrum of eligible qualifying reasons.  Under the new law and University policy, the employee’s absence from work need not necessarily be due to medical incapacity, but may be caused by an “unforeseeable life-altering event beyond the employee’s control” such as a catastrophic event or emergency affecting the employee’s residence.

Accordingly, an eligible classified staff member may apply for program benefits if they meet one of the following criteria listed below. 

Employee or the employee’s immediate family member’s serious medical hardship or catastrophic illness or injury certified by a licensed physician that either:

Poses a Direct Threat to Life (Illnesses/injuries such as strokes, heart attacks, heart conditions requiring surgery, spinal injuries, terminal disease, certain cancer and life-threatening infections)


Is Catastrophic  (requiring the illness/injury to result in inpatient, hospice or residential care AND a period of incapacity (or anticipated incapacity) of 30 consecutive calendar days or more)

  • Eligible Immediate Family Member’s Incapacity includes: Substantial limitations in performing activities of daily living which could be performed prior to illness/injury (limitation in seeing, speaking, hearing, breathing, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, performing cognitive tasks, feeding, bathing, dressing or grooming) 
  • A Catastrophic Event or Emergency affecting the Employee’s Residence: A wildfire, flood, tornado, or other natural disaster, or accidental event such as a fire or natural gas explosion, which results in a loss of life or substantial loss or complete destruction of the employee’s residence, is also eligible to apply for leave sharing hours. 
  • An Employee Serving as a First Responder: A fire fighter, paramedic, National Guard, etc. called to respond due to catastrophic events or emergencies listed above.   
  • An Employee who is on Active Military Service and is Experiencing Serious Financial Hardship During the Initial Call to Duty: The leave sharing hours are limited to making up the difference between the employee’s base salary and the total gross military pay and allowances.  Documentation may be required to substantiate financial hardship.

You may reference the University’s Leave Sharing Program Policy for State Classified Personnel on the Office of Policy and Compliance website for complete program details (eligibility exceptions, program definitions, hour usage applicable to each qualifying reason and the program application process). 

The Leave Sharing Program application and donation forms are located on the Human Resources website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Human Resources office at (970) 491-MyHR (6947).