Leave Types & Policies

Explore the leave policies, programs and resources provided to eligible Clark College employees.

Bereavement Leave

Administrative and Exempt staff - Paid leave will be granted for bereavement for covered family/household members not to exceed five working days per request. For part-time employees bereavement is pro-rated.

Classified staff - Paid leave will be granted for bereavement in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements not to exceed five working days per request. For part-time classified employees bereavement is pro-rated. You can find more information on the WPEA Agreement 2022-2023.

Faculty - Up to three days of paid bereavement leave will be granted for the death of any family member or household member as defined in this agreement that requires the employee’s absence from work. You can find more information on the AHE Agreement.

Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FML) of 1993 and the State of Washington Family Leave Act, employees may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of leave when the leave is taken for purposes of caring for the employee’s newborn or newly adopted or foster child; to care for the employee’s spouse, son, daughter, or parent who has a serious health condition; or for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform his or her job. This leave is also available for employees who wish to take time to bond with their newborn or adopted child(ren). You can find more information on the Leave due to a serious health condition site.

Family Care Act Leave (FCL)

Under Washington State Law, employees are eligible to use available sick leave and other paid leave as family care leave. Under the law, an employee is entitled to use any or all of their choice of sick or other paid leave to care for a sick child with a routine illness; a spouse, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent with a serious or emergency health condition; and an adult child with a disability.You can find more information on the Leave due to a serious health condition site.

Leave due to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking

Clark College provides a variety of resources for employees in domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking situations, including leave and counseling services through the Employee Assistance Program. You can find more information on the Leave due to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault or Stalking site.

Medical Leave

Several medical leave provisions exist for Clark College employees to facilitate their time off for these and other medical leave purposes. Visit the Leave due to a serious health condition site.

Military Related Leave

According to state law, employees are entitled to military leave with pay in order to report for active duty, when called, or to take part in active training duty in such a manner and at such time as they may be ordered in the Reserves, Washington National Guard or armed forces of the United States, not to exceed a maximum of 15 working days per calendar year, unless otherwise stipulated in collective bargaining agreements. For more information visit the Military Leave site.

Pregnancy and Parental Related Leave

Leave provisions for soon-to-be and new parents are available for many employees. For more information, visit the Pregnancy and Parental Related Leaves site.

Reasonable Accommodation

Human Resources is available to assist with reviewing available modifications or adjustments to a job, work, environment, policy, practice, or procedure, that may enable eligible individuals with disability to enjoy equal employment opportunity. To find more information, visit the Reasonable Accommodation site.

Shared Leave

Have a severe, extreme or extraordinary illness/injury that is not work related? Running out of accrued leave? Want to donate leave to another employee? Individuals who leave needs meet the State of Washington's Share Leave criteria, may be eligible to receive leave donations once their own leave has exhausted. For more details, visit the Shared Leave site.

Sick Leave

Classified and Administrative and Exempt Staff -Full-time employees earn eight hours of sick leave each month, which may be used as it is accrued for employee or eligible family illness and doctor or dental appointments. You can find more information on the WPEA Agreement 2021-2023.

Faculty -A full-time faculty member accrues eight hours of sick leave each month. Part-time faculty earn a prorated portion of sick leave, based on a full-time faculty load, of eight hours per month in each month in which compensation is received. All faculty may accrue sick leave from year to year without limit. For more information visit the AHE Agreement.

Part-Time Hourly and Student Employees -Effective January 1, 2018, paid sick leave is available for part-time hourly and student employees to care for their health and the health of their family members. Part-time Hourly and student employees will accrue one hour of sick leave for every 40 hours worked.

Vacation Leave

Classified Staff members in full-time and part-time positions are eligible to accrue and use vacation leave. A classified employee progressively accrues vacation leave throughout the years of state employment. You can find accrual rates and additional information on the WPEA Agreement 2021-2023.

Administrative and Exempt hired with the expectation of working half-time or more for six consecutive months without a substantial break in service are eligible to accrue and take annual leave. Specifics on vacation leave accruals can be found on the Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual.

Worker's Compensation

Do you believe you have been hurt on the job? Contact our Environmental Health and Safety Department.