Paid Time Off


Paid time off is available to so you can relax, maintain your health, and take care of yourself or your family.

Types of paid time off

Eligibility for sick, vacation and/or paid time off (PTO) is based on your appointment type and subject to policy and bargaining unit requirements.

Learn more about eligibility, accrual, and usage.

UCSF recognizes several annual holidays. Some departments may choose at their discretion to curtail operations for a brief period each winter for non-essential functions.

View all UCSF holidays

There may be occasions when you need more than three consecutive days away from work. UCSF provides many types of leave options to support your needs in these circumstances.

Learn more about leaves

You may voluntarily donate accrued vacation leave hours from your available accrual balance to support employees who have been affected by a catastrophic situation that requires an extended leave of absence.

Learn more about the Voluntary Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program

On Feb. 23, 2022, the UC Office of the President announced a 2022 emergency paid sick leave program, providing a new bank of emergency paid sick leave (EPSL 2022). The deadline to use this new bank of EPSL is Sept. 30, 2022.  Highlights include:

  • Full-time employees may take up to 80 hours of EPSL; part-time employees will be allocated a two-week equivalent.
  • All employees are eligible to use EPSL if they meet one or more of the qualifying COVID-related reasons listed in the EPSL Request form.
  • Employees who took leave between Jan. 1, 2022, and Feb. 18, 2022, for one or more of the qualifying reasons listed in the EPSL Request form may request 2022 EPSL retroactively.
  • 2022 EPSL also provides employees until Sept. 30, 2022, to use any remaining hours from their 2021 EPSL entitlement.
  • Please note employees hired on or after Oct. 1, 2021, were not eligible for the additional COVID-19 2021 EPSL.

For more detailed information and FAQs on EPSL, please review COVID-19 Related Leaves for Policy-Covered and Represented Staff Employees.  Employees should use the EPSL Request form in order to request EPSL usage. Departments should retain the form in their files. 

For an employee to use EPSL, the employee is not required to submit any additional documentation beyond the completed and signed EPSL Request form to the supervisor. It is not necessary to return the completed form back to HR.

In the EPSL Request form the employee attests that they are experiencing a qualifying reason.

The supervisor signs the form and keeps it on file in the department.

In the HBS timesheet, the employee will then select “COVID-19 EPSL 2022 – Employee” or “COVID-19 EPSL 2022 – Family” depending on their qualifying reason.

The supervisor will then approve the timesheet.