Sick Leave Bank Enrollment Opportunity
The employee must complete enrollment forms during the enrollment period for approval by the Human Resource Office. Forms are available at the Human Resource website (link below).
“I’m MORE than happy to tell anyone about how awesome the sick leave bank is and how, in an instant, you can go from being able to work to being laid up for WEEKS!!!
As you know I used it recently with my surgery. While I was fortunate enough to “schedule” my surgery during a less busy time as far as work load goes it was still a surgery that I HAD to have and couldn’t be put off for long… but several years ago,on a beautiful, sunny, spring, Sunday morning I was going horseback riding and had an accident with my horse and ended up breaking both bones in my right leg/ankle. I was taken to the ER at the hospital and to surgery straight from the ER and was out for 8 weeks!!! I went from a wheel chair, to a walker, to crutches to a cane and walking boot and I don’t know what I would have done with 8 weeks of no pay!!! I had enough stress on me at that time without having to worry about how I was going to pay bills too..
I tell EVERYONE I have the opportunity to tell that if they aren’t in the sick leave bank they need to be… To me it’s as critical, if not more so than my, 401K, medical insurance, life insurance, car insurance etc… I consider it a form of “insurance” that I don’t have a monthly premium on… but just like insurance… you may not need it every day but the day you do need it, nothing will take its place!!"
"I am a fairly healthy late thirties woman who worked out daily and ate right. Most
would think that there would be nothing to worry about as far as health wise. I was
in the middle of training for a half marathon when my heart started skipping beats.
After many doctor’s appointments they had to remove my thyroid. Then 2 months later
I had a 7 pound mass that had to be removed that literally appeared in the matter
of a month. I was out of work for a good 8 weeks between all the Doctor appointments
and surgeries. I would tell anyone, no matter how in shape you think you are you never
know what can happen. I have 3 children and my husband owns his own business so I
carry all the insurance on the family. Without the sick bank we would have probably
ended up in really bad shape. After multiple stays in Vanderbilt the bills for travel,
copays, and food for my husband while he stayed with me, there is no way we would
have made it. So please do not think that you take care of yourself and nothing will
happen to you, it only takes one streak of bad luck to change your financial status
in a short period of time. I hear many people say, I just can’t give up those days,
trust me, do it. It will pay off in the long run and hey if you are a lucky one and
never have to use it, at least it was there just in case.”
“I joined the sick leave bank five years ago for no other reason than “it’s better to be safe than sorry”. Now I am so thankful that I did. After my heart attack, I had complications that keep me from returning to work immediately and naturally, I did not have enough sick leave or personal leave to cover the absence. That is when the sick leave bank came to my rescue! Not only did I receive my regular pay and benefits during my absence but also the staff was always available and made the paperwork submission an easy process. All I had to do was submit my leave request and the doctor submitted his report. I am so thankful that the sick leave bank is an available benefit and that I had an opportunity to join."
“I have found the sick leave bank to be a life saver. I was undergoing chemo therapy after having 2 surgeries and had I not had the sick leave bank I would have been destitute. It gave me peace of mind to know that my finances did not hang in the balance because of my illness. I recommend it to everyone."