Governor Grants Two Hours Leave Today

April 2, 2010 — The following is a memo from Susan Carkeek, chief human resources officer at the University of Virginia, sent out this morning:

To all U.Va. faculty and staff:

On Thursday, April 1, 2010, the Governor granted all state employees two hours of recognition leave with the intention that it be used today, April 2, 2010. Because of the nature of our operations, we are not always able to grant two hours of leave across the institution on such short notice. However, managers are asked to give maximum consideration to employees’ preferences for using leave, including the possibility of using it today. It is also understood that this can be difficult to coordinate as offices need to be adequately staffed to provide uninterrupted service.

The Governor’s memo specifies that all employees should take this leave by April 30, 2010 and we encourage all of you to do so.

Following are more details on how this affects University employees:

• For classified and University staff, the leave will be automatically credited on the date designated by the state (April 2). The leave will be recorded as “recognition leave” on the drop-down list in SSTL.

• The balance will be zero at that time because there is a one-pay-period lag for leave balances appearing on your timecard. The leave can still be recorded even though the balance is zero.

• For twelve-month faculty and professional research staff, the two hours of leave should be worked out with individual managers.

If you have any questions please call the Human Resources Service Center at 982-0123, or send an email to

Enjoy the unexpected additional leave!


Susan Carkeek