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The Effective Date of Separation

1. What is the effective date of separation under the ERIP?

June 30, 2011 is the intended separation date for most ERIP participants.  Two alternative dates have been established in for certain employees.

2. The ERIP plan document says there are two alternative retirement dates:  August 31, 2011 and December 31, 2011.  Who decides which date applies?

When the University determines that it is in its best interest to do so, it may postpone the effective separation date to August 31, 2011 for Staff and Academic employees or to December 31, 2011, for Academic employees only.

3. Can I leave earlier that June 30th?

To receive the ERIP benefits, employees must leave on June 30, 2011 or one of the alternate dates of August 31, 2011 or December 31, 2011.  ERIP benefits are not available if the separation occurs on any other date.

4. Can I use up my vacation or PTO time before leaving?

With department head approval, employees may use vacation or PTO time before leaving the University up to the annual limits stated in the personnel policies.

5. If I take time off before my separation date, do I have to return to work on my last day?

The University staff policy that requires a person to be at work on his or her last day will be waived for the ERIP. With department head approval, employees separating under ERIP may use a vacation or PTO day on the day of separation. 

6. Before I leave, can I use more vacation or PTO than is permitted under current policies?

The annual limits on the use of vacation time or PTO will remain in effect.  The limits are stated in the personnel policies.


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