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NIH Leave Bank Program (Leave Bank)

Helping Others…Helping You!

The Leave Bank Program (Leave Bank) is a leave transfer program, similar to the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program (VLTP) – see Leave Sharing Comparisons. The NIH Leave Bank is a pooled fund of annual and restored annual leave.  Contributors donate leave to the bank and Recipients draw leave out of the Leave Bank to cover time out of office due to a personal of family medical emergency.

Medical conditions can happen at any time, without any notice, and can require hundreds of hours of leave. The NIH Leave Bank works like an insurance policy for your paycheck and offers income protection to eligible members in case the worst happens  Approved leave recipients may receive up to 480 hours from the Leave Bank for personal medical emergencies and up to 240 hours for family medical emergencies during each leave year.  The maximum amount of leave a Leave Bank recipient may receive from the Leave Bank in a leave year is 720 hours.

Fall Open Enrollment for the 2015 Leave Bank membership year runs November 10 – December 19, 2014. Become a Leave Bank member by using ITAS.  For each membership year, there is a membership contribution requirement.  The annual membership requirement is one pay period of annual leave accrual (i.e. 4, 6, or 8 hours). If you do not have sufficient leave to make the membership contribution, you will automatically receive a waiver. The membership contribution will be deducted from your leave balance during the first pay period in the 2015 leave year. Therefore, it will be deducted from your 2015 leave balance, not your 2014 “Use-or-Lose” balance. You should see the deduction reflected on your Leave and Earnings Statement for January 30 or February 13, 2015.

In addition, Use-or-Lose leave donations can be made to the Leave Bank until January 10, 2015! Donate today and become a Leave Bank Superhero to a co-worker in need!

 Note:  For the 2014 Leave Bank membership year, membership contribution waivers were granted to Leave Bank members who made a leave donation to the Leave Bank that was at least equal to their membership contribution requirement.  Membership contribution waivers will not be granted for the 2015 membership year. 

This website provides information and resources to help you: 

Participating in the NIH Leave Bank:

Other Resources and Information

NIH Leave Bank Office

Leave Bank Piggy Bank

Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (M-F)

Phone: 301-443-8393

Fax: 301-480-6146



NIH Leave Bank Office
31 Center Drive, Room B3C23
Rockville, MD 20892-2215

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