Open enrollment for eligible academic staff members for donation to, and thus eligibility for, the Shared Benefits Program will be held from Nov. 17 through Dec. 31. The Shared Benefits Program is a sick-leave pool that gives employees the ability to share accumulated sick-leave days with co-workers suffering from serious illness or injury. Eligible faculty and academic professional employees may donate a minimum of one day of their compensable sick leave to the common sick-leave pool. No transfer of funds will occur, but the employee's compensable sick-leave balance will be reduced by the number of days contributed. A separate pool is maintained for staff employees. An employee who has donated to the sick-leave pool may request sick-leave days from the pool when experiencing a catastrophic illness or injury, or when a disability claim is pending before the State Universities Retirement System. If the employee's request for additional sick leave is approved, the sick leave will be made available for the employee's use. Forms and guidelines have been sent to all academic staff members. Additional forms may be copied from Section IX/C-39.1 of the Campus Administrative Manual. Academic employees who decide to initiate participation or increase contributions in the Shared Benefits Program need to complete the demographic information at the top of the form and the Donation of Sick Leave section. The completed forms should be forwarded to departmental offices, which will transmit them to the Office of Academic Human Resources no later than Dec. 31. Employees who contributed to the pool previously remain eligible for participation in the Shared Benefits Program. More information is available from Constance Caveny at 333-6747.