University of Wisconsin–Madison

Unpaid Leave

Unpaid leave is a leave of absence from work in which the employee does not receive pay from UW–Madison. In some cases, employees are entitled to unpaid leave based on university policies or federal and/or state law. In other cases, unpaid leave may be requested by the employee and granted at the discretion of the university, based on university policy.

The reason for an employee’s request for unpaid leave is important in determining which type of unpaid leave may apply.

Types of Unpaid Leave

Leave Questions?

Please contact your Divisional HR Representative

Family or Medical Leave:

Please contact your Divisional Disability Representative

Catastrophic Leave

Catastrophic Leave allows eligible UW-Madison employees who have a catastrophic need and have exhausted all their earned paid leave, to receive leave donations from other employees and allows eligible employees to donate earned paid leave credits (except for sick leave or compensatory time) to eligible recipients at UW-Madison or at a different UW institution who have a catastrophic need.

See also: UW–Madison Catastrophic Leave Policy

Military Leave

Military Leave allows all employees who are ordered or inducted into active military service to be placed on an unpaid military leave of absence. All University employees are also afforded the rights and protections provided by the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) and may be eligible for one or both of the following military leave benefits: Annual 30-day military leave benefit and/or 4-year military leave benefit.

See also: UW–Madison Military Leave Policy

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