Employee Benefits

BP 3-60

APPROVED: February 14, 1991
EFFECTIVE: February 14, 1991
REVISED: July 14, 1994
REVISED: March 12, 1998
REVISED: June 8, 2000
REPEALED: September 14, 2000
READOPTED: August 25, 2001
REVISED: March 9, 2005
REVISED: May 10, 2006
REVISED: March 31, 2008
REVISED: November 11, 2009
REVISED: September 8, 2010
REVISED: December 8, 2010
REVISED: May 11, 2011
REVISED: November 9, 2011
REVISED: December 10, 2014
REVISED: May 13, 2015

REFERENCES: C.R.S. 23-5-117; Statute on PERA; C.R.S. 28-3-601; State Fiscal Rules; State Personnel Rules; FMLA 1993

/ Richard E. Martinez Jr. /
Richard E. Martinez Jr., Chair

Policy Statement

In an effort to enhance the job performance of employees and to establish a working environment which will attract competent workers in today’s competitive job market, employees of the Board are provided benefits in accordance with the provisions of this Policy.


Unless otherwise specified herein, this Policy applies to Presidents, faculty, administrators, professional and technical staff, and administrators hired prior to December 8, 1985 designated at .75 FTE or greater. Benefits for classified employees are regulated by the Department of Personnel and Administration and administered through the System according to established rule, and procedures.


The term “President” when used in this Policy refers to the College President in the case of employees at Community Colleges within the Colorado Community College System (System) and to the System President in the case of employees of the System office.

Tuition Assistance Program for Employees and Tuition Scholarship Program for Spouses, Domestic Partners and Eligible Children

All employees are encouraged to develop job skills and abilities which will benefit the employee as well as the College and System. The Board also recognizes the value of access to educational services for both our employees and their dependents. As a result, employees covered under the scope of this policy and classified staff as well as their eligible dependents may enroll in state-funded credit courses at any College within the System or CCCOnline and be reimbursed by the College or System office. The System President shall develop a system-wide program detailing the requirements and procedures for participating in the Tuition Assistant/Scholarship Program.

Health and Other Benefits

Employee Benefit Trust

There is hereby established an employee benefit trust with a board of trustees to be appointed by the Board on the recommendation of the System President. There shall at all times be at least one member of the Board on the board of trustees.

Approval of Benefits Package

The Board hereby delegates to the System President the authority to approve the health and other benefits package for its eligible employees. The package shall include the statutory requirements for workers’ compensation insurance, unemployment compensation, and retirement pursuant to the rules of the Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA). The package will also include group health benefits or some other form of such coverage as an option and may include other benefits such as dental, vision, disability plans, group life insurance, travel and/or accident insurance, tax sheltered annuities, early retirement plan(s), and other benefits.

Employees outside the scope of this policy may qualify to enroll in the health benefits portion of the benefits package. Eligibility will be determined annually according to procedures established to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementation within the System.

Delegation of Implementation

The Board hereby delegates authority to the System President to negotiate insurance plans and to complete other arrangements needed to implement the health and other benefits.


Employees of the Board are entitled to regular retirement, early retirement, or disability retirement, in accordance with the rules and regulations of PERA.
Employees who meet the qualifications and who retire under the PERA Defined Benefit plan shall receive payout of unused accrued leave in accordance with the provisions contained in the annual and sick leave sections of this Policy.

Employees enrolled in the PERA Defined Contribution plan do not retire under PERA. Employees enrolled in the PERA Defined Contribution plan who can provide official documentation to Human Resources showing that their combined years of service and age would have allowed them to retire under the PERA Defined Benefit plan shall receive payout of unused accrued leave in accordance with the with the provisions contained in the annual and sick leave sections of this Policy. It is the employee’s responsibility to work with PERA to gather and to provide this documentation to Human Resources.

Employees who were hired or reinstated under the scope of the Policy before July 1, 1988, and who take early (reduced) retirement under PERA regulations shall be entitled to have the College/System continue to pay the employee’s share of the group health and life insurance premium up to the amount paid for active employees until the employee reaches age 65. Payment shall be made to the PERA health insurance plan. Retired employees are eligible for temporary employment within the System in accordance with PERA rules at a rate of pay determined by the hiring President. PERA retirees employed on a temporary basis are not eligible for leave and other benefits with the exception of the tax sheltered annuities. Health benefit eligibility will be determined according to procedures established to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act and its implementation within the System.

Leave Benefits

The Board recognizes that there are legitimate reasons why an employee may be absent from assigned duties. The conditions under which employees may be granted such authorization are specified in the following sections of this Policy. Faculty and administrators, professional and technical staff who were employed with the System between .5 FTE and .75 FTE prior to July 1, 2015, with no break in service, shall also receive leave benefits according to this Policy.

Approval Required

Leave must be approved by the employee’s immediate supervisor in advance when foreseeable, unless an alternate approving authority is identified in the applicable section of this Policy. It is the responsibility of the employee to comply with procedures for requesting and reporting leave. Unauthorized absence constitutes grounds for dismissal or other disciplinary action; e.g., the supervisor may charge unauthorized absence to sick or annual leave, or treat the absence as leave without pay and adjust the employee’s salary accordingly.


Unless otherwise stated, sick and annual leave are accrued at the end of each month, for use beginning the first of the following month. Current system processes result in leave accruals being generated when central payroll processes. Employees are not eligible to use leave in the month in which it is earned. Supervisors must consider leave balances when approving leave so as not to approve leave in the same month in which it is earned.

Pay During Leave

Leave may be granted with or without pay depending upon the reason for the leave. When leave with pay is granted, the full salary and benefits due the employee during the period of absence from duty will be provided unless this Policy requires a different arrangement.

Annual Leave


Annual leave is for the purpose of providing opportunity for rest and renewal, and is not meant to enhance compensation. The Board encourages employees to take annual leave regularly in order to increase efficiency in job performance.


Employees under the scope of this Policy, with the exception of faculty, shall accrue annual leave at the rate of 15 hours per month, prorated to the percent of employment. There shall be a maximum carryover of 360 hours into a new fiscal year. At each fiscal year end (June 30), accrued hours over 360 will be forfeited. Annual leave will be earned during periods of leave with pay, prorated according to the rate of pay during the leave, but will only be credited when the employee returns to work or if the employee retires at the end of the leave.


A supervisor may establish periods when annual leave will not be allowed, or must be taken based on business necessity. These periods cannot create a situation where the employee does not have a reasonable opportunity to use leave that will be subject to forfeiture.


Accrued annual leave shall be transferred when an employee is reassigned, transferred, or otherwise appointed to another position within the System.


In the case of separation of employment accrued annual leave will be paid to an employee up to a maximum of 360 hours.

The President may require employees to take annual leave in lieu of payout if they were hired to fill a position on an interim basis and/or their position was funded by other than state funds. In the case of death of an employee, the total amount of annual leave accrued on the date of death will be paid.

Sick Leave


Sick leave is for the purpose of providing protection of income to eligible employees and is not to be viewed as compensation enhancement.


Employees within the scope of this Policy with the exception of faculty, shall accrue sick leave at the rate of ten (10) hours for every calendar month of employment, prorated according to the percent of employment.

Faculty on regular assignments of nine months shall accrue ninety (90) hours of sick leave per academic year. Faculty hired for regular assignments of ten, eleven, and twelve months shall accrue ten (10) hours of sick leave per month of their regular assignment. Additional assignments and overloads are not considered in the determination of sick leave accrual. The total annual accrual allowed will be credited to faculty at the beginning of the contract term, but shall be prorated according to the portion of the year actually worked.

Sick leave will accrue during periods of leave with pay, prorated according to the percent of pay during the leave. Such accrual will be credited only upon return to work or upon retirement at the end of the paid leave.


Upon the approval of the immediate supervisor, paid sick leave will be granted to employees for absence from duty which is required by illness of the employee; injury to the employee not covered by Workers’ Compensation; any period of time during which a pregnancy is considered to constitute a medical disability; or other health-related condition of the employee; subject to the following provisions:

Sick leave for faculty will be granted for absence from full-time or part-time duties assigned during an extra term of employment, only if that extra assignment is for a full academic term; i.e., fall semester, spring semester, summer term, or equivalent. Sick leave will not be granted for absence from duty under an overload appointment.

A maximum of one hundred sixty (160) hours per year of the employee’s accrued sick leave balance may be granted to employees for absence due to the health needs of the employee’s child who is under the age of 18 or an adult child incapable of self-care, parent, spouse, domestic partner, legal dependent, or a person in the household for whom the employee is the primary caregiver. Accrued sick leave may also be used by an employee who has been designated for family/medical leave to care for an injured military service member.

A maximum of sixteen (16) hours per year of the employee’s sick leave may be granted to faculty for personal reasons (faculty personal leave). Faculty may carry over up to sixteen (16) hours of faculty personal leave from year-to-year. No more than thirty-two (32) hours of faculty personal leave may be used in any year and no more than sixteen (16) hours of faculty personal leave may be used in any week. Sick leave will be charged on an hour for hour basis; i.e., one hour for each hour of classes, office hours, or other duties/responsibilities missed consistent with Board Policy on faculty workload and a forty (40) hour work week. It is the responsibility of the supervisor to determine the amount of leave to be charged and to make arrangements to cover the duties of an employee who is on sick leave, including arrangements for substitute teachers, temporary office help, and/or temporary reassignment of duties.


Accrued sick leave will be transferred if an employee is reassigned, transferred, or otherwise appointed to another position within the System which entitles the incumbent to paid sick leave.


An employee who voluntarily separates employment and returns within five (5) years to an eligible position within the System shall be credited with all sick leave accrued as of the date of such voluntary separation.


Employees hired or reinstated, under the scope of this Policy, on or after July 1, 1989, who are approved for regular or early retirement under Public Employees’ Retirement Association rules will be paid for one quarter (1/4) of sick leave accrued as of the date of retirement, or for 240 hours, whichever is less, at the rate of pay in effect on the date of retirement. Such employees who were hired prior to July 1, 1989, and had no break in service, will be paid upon retirement for one-fourth (1/4) of sick leave accrued as of the date of retirement at the rate of pay in effect on the date of retirement.

Employees who are approved for long term disability retirement will use sick leave to the extent accumulated prior to receiving disability benefits. If accumulated sick leave is not sufficient to provide coverage until disability benefits begin, salary and benefits will be provided at one-half the employee’s rate of pay for the period not covered by sick leave.

In the case of death of an employee, one-fourth (1/4) of total sick leave accrued on the date of death will be paid at the rate of pay in effect at the time of death.

Special Leaves with Pay

Bereavement Leave

Employees within the scope of this Policy will be granted paid leave during any term of employment with the College for up to a maximum of five days in the event of the death of a family member or other person. Bereavement leave cannot be used for settling an estate. The decision to grant and the amount of leave are based on the relationship to the deceased and the distance and mode of transportation.


Employees within the scope of this Policy, with the exception of faculty, will be granted the same number of paid holidays granted to employees of the State Personnel System, pro-rated to their percent of appointment. The System President may establish alternate holiday schedules in accordance with the Colorado Revised Statue 24-11-101(3).

Jury Leave

Employees within the scope of this Policy shall be granted jury leave with pay for the period they are required to serve on jury duty. Compensation received for jury duty during the time absent from work shall not be turned over to the College/System.

Military Leave

Pursuant to C.R.S. 28-3-601, any employee within the scope of this Policy who is a member of the armed forces, the National Guard or reserve shall be granted leave with pay for up to a maximum of fifteen days in any calendar year for the annual training period or for active service ordered or authorized by proper authority pursuant to law.
When military service extends beyond the maximum time for paid leave, leave without pay shall be granted. Employees who are separated from active military service under honorable conditions and who return to employment with the board in accordance with applicable statutes and state fiscal rules shall be entitled to the same position or a like position as that occupied when the employee entered military service, with reinstatement of pay, seniority, rights and benefits as provided by statute.

Administrative Leave with Pay

The President may grant leave with pay to employees covered under the scope of the Policy for other compelling reasons such as, but not limited to, required appearances in court or at administrative proceedings, disciplinary or investigatory purposes, closure of work facilities due to weather conditions, or other emergency situations. In addition, up to two hours of administrative leave shall be granted to participate in general elections, if the employee does not have 3 hours of unscheduled work time during the hours the polls are open.

The approval of the System President shall be required for paid leaves in excess of twenty (20) consecutive working days.

Leaves granted under this provision will be in accordance with State laws and State Fiscal Rules, and in consideration of budgetary needs, work schedules, and the impact on the ability to fulfill the role and mission of the institution or the System.

Leave Without Pay

Leave without pay may be granted to employees by the President when there are good reasons for such leave and the absence of the employee will not cause a hardship to the institution or the System.

Maximum Length

Leave without pay may be granted for periods of up to one fiscal year at a time. Leave extending beyond the end of the current fiscal year will require review and approval by the President at the end of each fiscal year, up to a maximum of three years. If additional leave is requested at that point, the approval of the System President must be obtained.

Continuation of Benefits

If leave without pay is granted for a period of less than one month, leave benefits will continue to accrue. Employees on leave without pay for periods of one month or more will not accrue or receive sick leave or annual leave and will not receive service credit for sabbatical leave. Such employees will receive group insurance contributions but may only continue coverage provided they pay their portion of the premiums by established deadlines, subject to plan policy restrictions.

Leave for Grant-Funded Programs Required to Have a Formal Structure of Shared Governance

If a College is a grantee or delegate agency under a federal grant requiring the grantee or delegate agency to maintain a formal structure of shared governance through which people external to the College can participate in decisions regarding personnel policies for the program, the shared governance body may establish separate leave policies for employees whose positions are funded by the grant. Any separate leave policies must be approved by the System President.


The System President and College Presidents shall promulgate procedures as needed to implement this Policy. Such procedures shall include but not be limited to regulations regarding approval of leave, record keeping, and coverage of duties.