Support Staff Policies & Procedures

Support Staff Policy & Procedure for Leave of Absence Without Pay


Applies to: Regular University support staff who have completed initial probationary period. (VARIES: CTU employees must complete 520 hours of actual work.)

* May qualify for special provisions under Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA).

Conditions of leave without pay:

NOTE: For information regarding leaves of absence without pay for 10 days or less, see Policy and Procedures for attendance. For additional information concerning leaves of absence, see Policy and Procedure for Workers' Compensation, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and layoff - reduction in force. For individuals that have met the minimum retirement requirements to be an official MSU retiree and is in a benefits eligible position at the time of the leave of absence, the optional benefits as described in #3 above will be processed as if the individual has retired during the leave of absence. For further information, please contact MSU Human Resources at 517-353-4434, toll free at 800-353-4434, or email


Initiating leave without pay:


MSU Human Resources:

MSU Human Resources: Bills employee for optional benefit premiums, as appropriate.

Payroll Office: Adjusts employee's paycheck accordingly.

Return from leave (see Policy and Procedure for health assessment for return from sick leave):

Employee: Notifies department of impending date of return if department has been holding position for employee. If department did not hold position, it is employee's responsibility to contact MSU Human Resources sufficiently in advance of leave return date so a suitable position may be located (where possible). Two-year leaves of absence are not extended while an employment search is being conducted.

Department: Submits Support Staff Request for Leave of Absence,and Return form to MSU Human Resources if employee is returning to current department.

MSU Human Resources: Notifies Payroll Office of return from leave of absence.

Payroll: Takes appropriate action to reactivate employee's pay.

MSU Human Resources: Reinstates coverage and contributions according to policy provisions.

Refer questions to: MSU Human Resources, 517-353-4434, or e-mail).

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