Personal Leave

DWE provides leaves of absence without pay to eligible employees who wish to take time off from work duties to fulfill personal obligations. Employees in the following employment classification(s) are eligible to request personal leave as described in this policy:

  • Regular full-time employees 

As soon as eligible employees become aware of the need for a personal leave of absence, they should request a leave from the HR Department.

Personal leave may be granted for a period of up to 30 calendar days every 1 year. If this initial period of absence proves insufficient, consideration will be given to a written request for a single extension of no more than 30 calendar days. With Management’s approval, an employee may take any available sick leave or vacation leave as part of the approved period of leave.

Requests for personal leave will be evaluated based on a number of factors, including anticipated workload requirements and staffing considerations during the proposed period of absence. 

Subject to the terms, conditions, and limitations of the applicable plans, DWE will continue to provide health insurance benefits for the full period of the approved personal leave. 

Vacation benefits will continue to accrue during the approved personal leave period.

When a personal leave ends, every reasonable effort will be made to return the employee to the same position, if it is available, or to a similar available position for which the employee is qualified. However, DWE cannot guarantee reinstatement in all cases.

If an employee fails to report to work promptly at the expiration of the approved leave period, DWE will assume the employee has resigned.

Effective Date: 4/23/2012
Revision Date: 4/23/2012