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Use or Donate Reminder

Have you accrued annual leave this year that you are unable use? If you aren’t able to use it, don’t let it go to waste. Employees unable to take that time off could donate it to co-workers in need of paid time off due to personal or family medical emergencies. Check your leave balance in ITAS or on your leave and earnings statement (LES) now. If you have excess annual leave this year, don’t lose it—use it or donate it. Last year, the NIH community lost more than 88,000 hours of excess annual leave—that is 11,000 work days.  

Employees have two options for donating leave to colleagues who have exhausted their own leave and have a medical emergency that prevents them from working. Consider making a donation through the NIH Leave Bank or to a participant of the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program. Both of these donations can be made in ITAS. If you or your supervisor have questions about “use or donate” leave, contact your administrative officer.

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