Worcester State University




Classified staff members (both AFSCME and Non-Unit) earn 15 sick leave days per year at a rate of 0.057692 hours for each hour on the payroll.

It is important to note that sick leave cannot be used
before it is credited.

Classified employees (AFSCME) who have exhausted their accrued leave may apply for Extended Sick Leave if medically necessary. Further information may be obtained from the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Union Steward, or the Human Resources Office.

There is no limit on the number of sick hours an employee can accumulate. Upon retirement, you are entitled to payment for 20% of your accumulated sick leave.


Every classified staff member (both AFSCME and Non-Unit) on the payroll on January 1 is credited with three (3) personal leave days to be taken by December 31 of that year.

Any classified employee hired between January 1 and March 31 is credited with three (3) personal days; between April 1 and June 30, two (2) personal days; between July 1 and September 30, one (1) personal day; and after September 30 , no personal days.

These personal leave hours are credited and available on the first day of employment although it may take more than one pay-cycle before they appear on your pay advice.

Personal days do not accumulate. Any personal days not used before December 31 each year are forfeited.

Note: For clerical and technical (Unit I) employees, a day equals 7.5 hours. For maintenance and security (Unit II) employees, a day equals 8 hours.


Vacation status (the rate at which vacation leave is earned) varies according to the length of creditable state service.


Length of Service

Hours earned for each hour paid

Less than 4.5 yrs 

0.038461 hrs/hr
(10 days per year)

4.5 yrs, but less than 9.5 yrs

0.057692 hrs/hr
(15 days per year)

9.5 yrs, but less than 19.5 yrs

0.076923 hrs/hr
(20 days per year)

19.5 yrs or more

0.096153 hrs/hr
(25 days per year)

It is important to note that vacation leave cannot be used
before it is credited.

Employees may not carry more than 64 days of vacation leave. Any hours in excess of 480 for Unit I employees or 512 for Unit II employees on April 1 and October 1 of each year will be converted to sick leave.

Upon your resignation or retirement, you are entitled to payment of any unused vacation leave.

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