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

As of Jan. 1, 2023, Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL) has expired. However, if an employee began use of EPSL at the end of 2022 and continued to use it for the same qualifying event into 2023, the employee will be allowed to finish that block leave using any remaining 2021 or 2022 EPSL entitlement.

See the Snapshot of Paid Leave Provisions for UCSF Employees Impacted by COVID for 2023 leave options.

Employees may be eligible to use available accrued sick and vacation (or paid time off and extended sick time) leave for COVID-related illnesses. 

Finally, please contact your leaves specialist (campus) or the UCSF Health Leave of Absence team for available leave under the Emergency Voluntary Catastrophic Leave Sharing Program (EVCLSP). EVCLSP is an emergency program for temporary implementation in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The EVCLSP allows academic (including faculty) and staff employees to donate accrued vacation or PTO credits to a leave bank on behalf of employees who are impacted by COVID-19. A temporary leave bank has been implemented to support this effort.

EPSL was offered in 2021 and again in 2022 in recognition of the ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University provided up to 80 hours of 2022 EPSL for full-time UC employees and the two-week equivalent for part-time employees (capped at 80 hours).