Time Off Programs

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Annual Leave and Sick Leave

  • Eligible employees, including 12-month faculty, earn sick leave and annual leave based on length of service and scheduled hours per pay period.
  • Eligible employees working 5 days per week (12 months per year) earn 13 days sick leave, 10 days annual leave per year.  After 3 years - 15 days annual leave and after 7 years - 20 days annual leave.
  • Eligible employees who work less than 5 days per week and/or less than 12 months per year have leave pro-rated according to percentage of week (and percentage of year, where applicable) employed.
  • Ten-month faculty earn sick leave only - 5 days per semester for full-time.

Paid Holidays

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Spring Break (3 work days)
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Wednesday before Thanksgiving
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Friday after Thanksgiving
  • Winter Break (6 - 8 work days)


Faculty sabbaticals are available as outlined in the Faculty Handbook.

Maryland Earned Sick and Safe Leave

Maryland Healthy Working Families Act

In order to comply with the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act, effective February 11, 2018, it is the policy of the College of Southern Maryland to provide paid “earned sick and safe” (ESS) leave to regular benefited staff, faculty and part time (“variable hour”) employees in non-budgeted positions who regularly work at least 12 hours per week. This includes adjunct faculty who regularly teach two (2) or more classes.

The ESS accrual balance and use will be reflected on pay advices in the near future.

Eligible employees that start employment after February 11, 2018 will accrue ESS but will not be eligible to use ESS until after completing 106 days of employment.

Eligible employees earn one (1) hour of ESS for every 30 hours worked.

Sick and safe leave may be used for the following reasons:

  • To care for or treat employee’s or family member’s mental or physical illness, injury or condition
  • To obtain preventative medical care for the employee or employee’s family member
  • For maternity or paternity leave
  • When an employee’s absence from work is necessary due to domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking committed against the employee or the employee’s family member; and the leave is used by the employee to obtain for the employee or the employee’s family member:
    • (a)medical or mental health attention that is related to the domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking
    • (b) services from a victim services organization related to domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking
    • (c) legal services or proceedings related to or resulting from the domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking; or
    • (d) an employee’s temporary relocation due to the domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking.

Family Member: For purposes of ESS use, family member is defined as the: (a) biological, adopted, foster or step children, grandparents, grandchildren, and siblings of an employee; (b) biological, adoptive, foster, or step parent of the employee or the employee’s spouse; (c) a child for whom the employee has legal or physical custody or guardianship; (d) a child for whom the employee stands in loco parentis regardless of the child’s age; (e) the legal guardian(s) of the employee; (f) an individual who acted as a parent or stood in loco parentis to the employee or the employee’s spouse when the employee or the employee’s spouse was a minor; and (g the spouse of the employee.

CSM is prohibited from taking adverse action against an employee who takes ESS for reasons provided for in this policy.

Employees may report alleged violations of the Maryland Healthy Working Families Act to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) Commissioner or bring a civil action.

Employees may not make a bad faith complaint, bring a bad faith action, or testify in bad faith against CSM.

Specific policies and additional guidance will be published in the near future.

The link to the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation Employee Notice is as follows:

Please contact Ivan Smith at ext. 7724 or Jen Rupp at ext. 4714 in HR/Payroll Services, if you have questions.