POLICY: The College strives to protect the status of employees during a major disaster while maintaining business continuity. Additionally, the College recognizes that there may be instances when an employee may personally suffer a loss of their primary residence during a declared disaster requiring the employee to be absent from work. The College has established paid leave in the form of Disaster Leave to be used by its employees during a relief effort.
Scope: This policy applies to all full-time employees.
The College provides up to twenty-one hours of disaster leave to its employees. The amount of leave permitted is on an annual basis and does not accrue.
“Disaster” as defined by 20 ILCS 3305/Illinois Emergency Management Act means an occurrence or threat of widespread or severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property resulting from any natural, technological, or human cause, including but not limited to fire, flood, earthquake, wind, storm, hazardous materials spill or other water contamination requiring emergency action to avert danger or damage, epidemic, air contamination, blight, extended periods of severe and inclement weather, drought, infestation, critical shortages of essential fuels and energy, explosion, riot, hostile military or paramilitary
Primary personal residence: The home in which the full-time employee resides most of the time. This does not include vacation or second homes, nor property owned but not occupied by the employee.
The College will not pay for expenses incurred by the employee in recovering from the personal effects of a disaster.