What is the difference between uncertified and certified sick leave?

Sick leave is authorized time off from work when a staff member is unable to perform his/her functions because of sickness or injury. There are two types of sick leave: • Uncertified sick leave – absences of up to seven working days during the annual leave cycle (April through March) for which you do not need to provide a doctor’s note, for sickness, injury, or for family-related emergencies. • Certified sick leave – absences in excess of seven working days during the annual leave cycle. You must submit a doctor’s note for approval. The first 20 days of certified sick leave during the annual cycle is approved by your (local) HR official or executive office. After the first 20 days, certified sick leave is approved by the Medical Service.