It is the policy of the Tennessee Board of Regents to provide all regular full-time and part-time employees with regular periods of leave or time away from work for various reasons.
Annual Leave - provides all regular full-time and part-time employees with regular periods of rest and relaxation away from the work environment and recognizes length of service.
Sick Leave - protects all regular full-time and part-time employees against loss of earnings due to illness, injury, or incapacity to work including illness or incapacity to work due to pregnancy, and provides time off to employees in the event of serious illness or death of certain family members.
Holiday - The institutions and Tennessee technology centers under the governance of the Tennessee Board of Regents will observe a maximum of eight holidays per year and five additional administrative closing days as specified in Policy 5:01:01:11.
Bereavement Leave - provides all regular, full-time and part-time employees time off without loss of pay due to the death of an immediate family member.
Parental Leave - provides a period of up to four (4) months of leave to eligible employees for adoption, pregnancy, childbirth and nursing the infant, where applicable, in accordance with T.C.A. Section 4-21-408. With regard to adoption, the four (4) month period shall begin at the time the employee receives custody of the child.
Leave of Absence – provides for approved, unpaid time off to regular employees due to reasons of illness or injury, or disability of an employee who has insufficient accumulated annual and/or sick leave, leave for educational purposes and leave for justifiable personal reasons.
Military Leave - All employees who are members of any reserve component of the armed forces of the United States or of the Tennessee National Guard shall be entitled to a leave of absence from their duties for all periods of military service during which they are engaged in the performance of duty or training in the service of this State, or of the United States, under competent orders as stipulated in U.S.C. Title 38, § 4311-4318 and T.C.A. § 8-33-101 through 8-33-109 and 58-1-106.
Civil Leave - Any employee, except for a temporary employee with a contract of less than six (6) months, shall be granted civil leave when, in obedience to a subpoena or direction by proper authority, the employee appears as witness for the Federal government, the State of Tennessee, or a political subdivision of the State, or when it is necessary to attend any court in connection with official duties or serve on a jury in any State or Federal Court.
Voting Leave - provides employees time off to vote in state, national, and local elections and to establish a procedure for reporting the time missed from work.
Educational Leave - provides time off to regular TBR employees to continue their education and/or participate in research, grants, or fellowships on a full-time basis.
Disaster Relief Service Leave - In accordance with TCA § 8-50-810, a regular employee who is a certified disaster service volunteer of the American Red Cross may be granted leave with pay for up to fifteen (15) work days each calendar year to participate in specialized disaster relief services for the American Red Cross.
The TBR central office also has established a sick leave bank for employees who have exhausted their annual and sick leave but are still unable to work due to their own illness or injury. The sick leave bank is governed by Personnel Guideline P-061 and the Central Office Sick Leave Bank Operating Plan. Members of the sick leave bank can also accept transfer of sick leave from fellow TBR employees. Transfer of sick leave between employees is governed by Policy 5:01:01:15.