Holiday and payroll calendars, and payroll-related information.
The New College of Florida standard work schedule is a 40-hour, five-day workweek of eight hours a day, plus a meal break. The work week starts on Sunday and ends on Saturday.
A nonexempt employee is permitted a 15-minute break per each four hours worked. Employees with prior supervisor approval, may combine both breaks and lunch for a 60-minute total.
Other schedules may apply to a part-time employees, police officers and other shift employees. The supervisor is responsible for determining the employee’s work schedule. A supervisor may seek appropriate approval to use a variable schedule to the departmental needs. Work time or hours worked includes the time that the College requires or permits the employee to be on duty, whether on the campus or other designated work sites.
Access to pay stubs, time sheets and other information is found through NewCleis.
All employees are required to record their hours worked or for some employees (A&P, Faculty, Executive) only the leave taken, every biweekly payroll period. Web Time Entry in NewCleis is the system of record.
WTE timesheets must be submitted by the Payroll Calendar deadlines. Late submissions will be processed for payment during the next payroll cycle. Those that continue to submit their hours after the deadline will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.
Overtime pay is only available to nonexempt support staff employees and must be pre-approved. Overtime compensatory hours are calculated at the rate of one-and-one-half times the total hours worked over 40. Nonexempt employees may request provided overtime compensatory hours in lieu of payment for overtime.
Overtime is defined as work that is required or permitted beyond the 40-hour University work week.
Supervisors must ensure that:
Regular compensatory leave is provided only to a USPS exempt employee for work beyond 40 hours on an hour-for-hour basis. New College may elect to pay for unused regular compensatory leave with the approval of the Vice President of Administration or designee.
When a USPS employee eligible to earn regular compensatory leave is appointed to another position in an exempt USPS class, or to a position in a nonexempt USPS class, any such unused leave is retained by the employee.
If the USPS employee is appointed to a position in a faculty or A&P class, or is appointed OPS, any such unused leave shall be paid out to the employee at the discretion of the Vice President of Administration or designee or the employee will be eligible to use this leave.
When the employee separates employment the regular compensatory leave will be paid out.
The maximum accrual is 120 hours. However, payment of regular overtime compensatory leave may occur at anytime per approval of the Vice President of Administration or designee.
In some cases an employee may go beyond 120 hours if approved by the Vice President or designee.
When an employee has accrued 120 hours of regular compensatory leave, and is required to work additional overtime hours due to an extraordinary work situation, the Vice President of Human Resources or designee may authorize payment for the regular compensatory leave earned in excess of 120.
These employees are classified as exempt employees.
However, these categories of employees do not earn regular straight time compensatory leave.
All USPS employees may earn special paid as hour per hour compensatory leave for the following situations:
Maximum accrual is 120 hours.
However, the Vice President of Administration or designee may elect to pay an employee for a part or all accrued special compensatory leave at anytime.
Upon transfer to another department or when leaving the College, employees will receive payment for all unused special compensatory leave.
Faculty, A&P, and Executive Service employees required to work on a College observed holiday, will have 12 months to either use the equivalent number of hours worked or notify the supervisor their desire to be paid. Hours not used or paid, will be forfeited.
New College provides a paid or unpaid medical leave of absence. The employee must submit a request in writing to the immediate supervisor. The leave of absence may not exceed six months, including FMLA hours (if applicable). This request can be used for all categories of FMLA. The request must include a medical certification stating the employee is unable to perform the assigned duties due to illness, disability, or injury.
Should you use up all your paid leave, you may request a medical leave of absence without pay. New College will continue to pay the employers premium for your health and basic life insurance. This will not exceed six (6) months, within a rolling 12-month period. The employee will be responsible for their premium payments.
After six (6) months, the employee is responsible for paying the employee and employer premiums for health and life insurance.
Sick leave should be used first, then annual and /or any other leave available to supplement the employee’s paycheck.
Personal leave may be granted for a period of up to 60 calendar days, in 30-day increments, during a rolling 12-month period. You must submit your request in writing to the immediate supervisor. Sick leave will be used first then annual leave to cover this time.
When a personal leave ends, every reasonable effort will be made to return you to the same position if it is available or to a similar available position for which you are qualified. However, New College cannot guarantee reinstatement in all cases. If the employee fails to report to work promptly at the expiration of the approved leave period, New College will assume the employee has resigned.
After the first 30 days of leave with pay, a military leave of absence is without pay. Faculty, A&P and USPS employees who are inducted into military service are granted a leave of absence beginning with the date of induction. Upon learning that an employee is being called to active duty, it is critical that Human Resources be immediately notified. The Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) provides protection and rights of reinstatement to employees that serve in the military.
Employees may be provided with up to 6 months unpaid parental leave which will run concurrently with approved FMLA leave (if applicable) when the employee becomes a biological or adoptive parent. The employee may use any accrued leave. Parental leave may begin two weeks prior to the expected date of the child’s arrival unless otherwise approved by the Director of Human Resources. Employees must contact Human Resources prior to the start of the leave of absence.
During approved unpaid leave, accrued leave may be used to continue the contributions to benefits and other expenses.
While in unpaid status, leave will not accrue. Health insurance benefits may be provided by New College until the end of the month in which the leave begins, at which time, you will become responsible for the full costs of these benefits. Upon return from leave, benefits will again be provided by New College according to the applicable plans.
Documentation requirement: In order to approve bereavement leave, a copy of the obituary, the funeral program or the bereavement leave request form must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources. Failure to provide the required documentation will cause the employee’s annual leave to be used in lieu of bereavement leave.
Bereavement leave provides up to two days, paid time off, upon the death of a family member or relative. Immediate family is defined as spouse, domestic partner, child, siblings, spouse of a child, parents, grandparents, grandchild, step-family, in-laws, aunt, uncle, niece, and nephew.
The Family and Medical Leave Act provides eligible employees up to a total of 12 work weeks of unpaid leave in a 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons:
All employees are eligible, including OPS employees, who have worked at least 12 months (these need not have been consecutive) and who have worked at least 1250 hours in the 12 months prior to the leave. Faculty, administrative, and support employees may use paid leave for an FMLA event and such shall be counted toward the entitlement.
Please contact the Human Resources for an appointment to meet with a benefits representative.
New College provides 40 hours of leave for workers compensation purposes. The employee must use sick, annual, or any leave available ( in that order) after the 40 hours for the specific injury for any appointments related to the workers compensation injury. If the employee is taken off work, workers compensation will pay a percent of the employee’s wages and the employee can use leave to supplement their biweekly pay.
Administrative leave is not charged against your individual leave balances and is granted to keep you in full pay status under certain circumstances. Administrative leave is intended to ensure a 40 hour work week. No type of administrative leave shall be accrued for payment at a later date. Administrative leave is subject to supervisory approval.
Example: Employee works 34 hours in a work week ( Mon-Thursday). On Friday the employee has jury duty all day, The maximum administrative leave hours to be paid for jury duty is 6 hours. For a total of 40 hours for the week.
Employees are provided paid administrative leave as follows:
a. Jury Duty
b. Summons as Witness
c. Athletic Competition
d. Official Closing of New College
e. Florida Disaster Volunteers
f. Civil Disorder
g. Voting in Public Elections
i. Disciplinary Notice
k. Domestic Violence Leave
l. Fitness for Duty/Compulsory Leave
Administrative leave for jury duty shall not exceed the number of hours in the employee’s normal workday. If jury duty does not require absence for the entire workday, the employee shall return to work immediately upon release by the court. If the jury duty does not coincide with the regular work schedule, the employee shall be granted administrative leave based on the initial hours served on jury duty and such leave shall be granted on the next scheduled work shift. Any jury pay shall be retained by the employee.
Administrative leave shall be provided to an employee summoned as a witness in a matter not involving personal interest. Administrative leave shall not be provided to an employee serving as an expert witness. Witness pay shall be retained by the employee.
Administrative leave for athletics competition in Olympic events shall be provided in accordance with Section 110.118, F.S.
Administrative leave shall be provided for the official emergency closing of College facilities. Special compensatory leave shall be provided to USPS employees required to perform essential services during the emergency closing. Other employees scheduled to work during the time of the emergency closing shall be provided leave.
The President or designate may grant administrative leave for Florida Disaster Volunteers in accordance with Section 110.120,F.S.
The President or designate may grant administrative leave for civil disorder or disaster for an employee who is a member of a volunteer emergency response team.
Up to two hours of administrative leave may be provided for voting in public elections.
New College may place an employee under investigation on leave up to the length of the investigation.
New College may place an employee on administrative leave between the notice of reduction in pay, suspension or dismissal and the effective date of such action.
If an employee or an employee’s family or household member is a victim of domestic violence, the employee may use up to three (3) days of Domestic Violence Leave for the following activities:
• seeking an injunction for protection against domestic violence or repeat violence, dating violence, or sexual violence;
• obtaining medical care or mental health counseling or both for the employee or a family or household member to address injuries resulting from domestic violence;
• obtaining services from victims services organizations such as a domestic violence shelter or rape crisis center;
• making the employee’s home secure from the perpetrator of domestic violence or finding a new home to escape the perpetrator;
• seeking legal assistance to address issues arising from domestic violence or attending or preparing for court related proceedings arising from the act of domestic violence.
An employee must have worked at least ninety (90) days for New College and worked a minimum of five hundred-twenty two (522) hours to be eligible for the Domestic Violence Leave. The Domestic Violence Leave will be concurrent with the FMLA if applicable. Annual/sick leave must be used in conjunction with the Domestic Violence Leave hours.
The employee must provide New College with at least seven (7) days advanced notice unless there is an emergency in which case notification is required as soon as is practical. New College will require documentation from a court, the police, an attorney or other agency with which the employee is working, before compensation will be paid.
Compulsory leave provisions shall be consistent with the following:
a. New College may place an employee on compulsory leave if the employee is unable to perform the essential duties of the position or is experiencing excessive absences due to medical reasons.
b. Medical certification by an approved health care provider shall be required.
c. New College may require the employee to be examined by a College-appointed physician to determine fitness for duty. New College shall pay the cost of the examination.
d. Notice shall be provided to the employee identifying duration of the leave, the conditions for return to the position, and whether such leave shall count toward FMLA entitlements.
e. The employee may be allowed to use paid leave during compulsory leave to continue the contributions to College benefits and other expenses.
f. Unless agreed otherwise, an employee shall be employed in the same or similar status and upon completion of the approved leave period and upon receipt of medical certification.
g. Employees who fail to meet the conditions of the compulsory leave or who fail to obtain medical certification and are unable to perform duties may be dismissed for inability to perform the duties of the position.
Annual leave may be used to cover an employee’s absence from work. Annual leave hours must be preapproved, except in an emergency. Supervisors have the authority to approve as well as disapprove the use of annual leave. Annual leave must be accrued prior to use, except when approval is granted in accordance with the provisions in advancing annual leave.
Hours in excess of the maximum as indicated below in the last pay cycle of the year, will be converted to sick hours by the third payroll of the year. Employees may retain hours in excess of the year end maximum with the approval of the President or designate.
Note that A&P and Faculty employees transferring to an academic-year appointment will receive payment for all unused annual leave hours.
All full time USPS employee accruals of annual leave will be based on years of credible service and will be awarded on a month-per-month basis. USPS employees who have transferred to New College from another Florida State University/Agency without a 30 day break-in-service, may be eligible to accrue annual leave at a higher rate. USPS employees that separate within the first six months of their employment are ineligible for the annual leave payout.
In all cases, overtime and special compensatory leave must be used prior to using annual leave.
Faculty (Administrative) and A&P Employees
Leave payout for annual leave will occur under the following circumstances:
A 12-month faculty moves into a nine-month faculty line.
An employee enters into the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) and employee chooses to have it paid out.
An employee separates from employment with the University with a remaining annual leave balance.
Note: upon notice of resignation an employee may not use annual leave during their two weeks notice.
Employees may request an advance of annual leave up to 40 hours for the following situations:
a. The closing of the College for Winter Break;
b. Work shortage
c. Illness or injury (employee and/or immediate family)
d. Other special circumstances
Authority to approve/deny the advancement of annual leave is delegated to the Director of Human Resources.
Approval/denial will be based on the following:
a. History of leave balances of the employee
b. Length of service
c. Reason for request
d. Disruption to the operations of the unit
Upon receiving advanced annual leave hours, employees may not use accrued leave until a positive annual leave balance is attained.
If all leave hours have not been reimbursed, upon separation, the value of the remaining hours will be deducted from the employee’s final check.
As far in advance as possible prior to the requested effective date, the employee should submit the Advanced Annual Leave Request Form to his/her supervisor.
The supervisor will review the request and either approve or deny based on the appropriate criteria.
If the approval has been granted, the supervisor forwards the original request form to Human Resources for final review. A copy of the form will be returned to the employee and Fiscal Liaison after Payroll processing. Requests must be approved by the Payroll Calendar deadlines.
New College grants sick leave to all employees. Sick leave must be accrued prior to use. There is no maximum limit to the amount of sick leave that can be accrued.
Sick leave in excess of three days will require documentation from a physician addressing the ability to return to work.
Sick leave is authorized for the following purposes:
New College may accept the transfer of a maximum of 80 hours of accrued sick leave, accrued from another Florida State University/State Agency for which payment has not been received, provided no more than 30 days have elapsed between employments.
Documentation must be received from the previous institution/agency indicating the sick leave has not been paid out. This agreement must be negotiated at the point of hire.
Leave payout for sick leave will occur under the following circumstances:
Upon separation, an employee with 10 or more years of service will be paid for one-fourth (25%) of all unused sick leave up to a 480-hour maximum.
Employees with less than 10 years of service will not be paid for any unused sick leave and such leave shall be forfeited.
Employees that are rehired within 30 days of their original resignation date, may have their unpaid sick leave restored.
In the case of a layoff, unpaid sick leave will be restored if recalled by New College within one year.
The New College Sick Leave Pool affords its members the opportunity to remain in full-pay status for a specified period of time after depleting all of the individual employee’s sick, annual, compensatory leaves, and personal holidays (USPS only).
For additional information regarding sick leave procedures see the Health and Wellness webpage
The College observes the following holidays:
• New Year’s Day
• Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday
• Memorial Day
• Independence Day
• Labor Day
• Veterans Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• Friday after Thanksgiving
• Christmas Day
The College will reasonably accommodate the observance, practice and belief of employees with regard to attendance and scheduling of work. Employees wishing to observe a holiday of their faith, shall, upon notifying their supervisor, be allowed to use accrued leave or leave without pay.
All full-time USPS employees are entitled to one personal holiday each fiscal year.
The personal holiday is eight hours and is available to eligible employees July 1 and must be used by June 30, or it will be forfeited.
For part-time USPS employees, the personal holiday will be prorated based on the full-time equivalency (FTE).
The personal holiday must be used in its entirety and cannot be paid out.
Only employees who have completed the probationary period are eligible.
Supervisory approval must be obtained prior to taking the personal holiday.
Essential personnel provide vital support to the college in the event of an emergency or disaster resulting in the official suspension of classes and/or closing of offices. When the college officially closes or suspends classes due to an emergency, essential employees may be required to report to work if directed to do so by a supervisor or the college’s executive management team. See additional information on the Classification and Compensation webpage.
The following information is provided to assist all employees and departments with the separation process. Employees who terminate their employment should be aware of their benefits which include leave payments, COBRA Benefits and other fringe benefits. In addition all employees have an obligation to return all College property issued to them and settle all outstanding accounts. All employees must contact Human Resources to schedule an appointment for out-processing.
Student employees who are enrolled at least half-time during a semester are qualified for the FICA exemption. Student employees who qualify for this exemption will not have Social Security or Medicare taxes deducted from their pay checks. Federal income tax withholdings will still be deducted from a student employee’s pay check.