Military Leaves of Absence - Response to Military Operations Concerning

Policy Approval Authority President
Responsible Division Office of the Executive Vice Present and Provost
Responsible University Office Human Resource Services
Responsible Officer(s) Senor Associate Vice President
Contact Person William Hodson
Primary Audience Faculty
Status Active
Last Review Date 06-04-2010
Policy Category/Categories Human Resources / Employment

I. Purpose

Employees who are members of military reserve or National Guard units may receive orders for active duty as part of the Presidential activation for service. Governor Blagojevich issued Executive Order 2003-6, which provides that activated employees will continue to receive state compensation to offset the difference between their military base pay and normal state pay. During a military leave of absence an employee's service, seniority, any scheduled salary increase, vacation, and sick leave credits will continue to accrue at the normal rate. Employees in probationary or trainee status will retain the balance of time remaining in these appointments upon return from active military duty.

II. Policy

To process a Military Leave of Absence, a Request for Leave of Absence form should be completed. These forms are available from the Human Resource Services – Service Center (753-6000). The form should include a statement in the remarks section indicating that the leave is due to activation for service related to military operations concerning U.S. relations with Iraq. Because of the variance in how military orders may be written, and to confirm the proper determination of base military pay, Human Resource Services may verify an individual’s mobilization orders by contacting the State of Illinois Department of Military Affairs. Military orders are retained in the personnel file of the employee.

Employees on military leave of absence are entitled to continue group insurance benefits including the health, dental, vision, and life insurance from the State of Illinois for the duration of the active service However, employees must continue to pay their salary-based contribution. Other options that are available concerning insurance benefits must be discussed with the Insurance and Benefits office by contacting the HRS Service Center (753-6000).


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