The University of Hawaiʻi has various benefits and services available to support employees and their families through many life changes.

Employees who volunteer to be tested for possible bone marrow or organ donation matches are eligible for up to 2 hours of paid leave, inclusive of travel time.

Employees may receive up to 7 days of paid leave each calendar year to serve as a bone marrow donor, and up to 30 days of paid leave each calendar year to serve as a living organ donor.

The child care centers provide quality day-care for children of faculty, staff and students of the University. Child care centers are available at the following campuses: Mānoa, Honolulu Community College, Kapiʻolani Community College, Leeward Community College, Hawaiʻi Community College, Kauaʻi Community College and Maui College. Note: 75% of childcare spaces are allocated to students (pursuant to Executive Policy E10.401). Please contact the center directly for current information regarding availability, eligibility and cost.

For more information regarding the Child Center please contact:

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Children’s Center
(808) 956-7963

Hawaiʻi Community College Children’s Center
(808) 933-0569

Honolulu Community College – Keiki Hauʻoli Children’s Center
(808) 845-9466

Kapiʻolani Community College – Alani Children’s Center
(808) 734-9394, (808) 845-9466

Kauaʻi Community College Children’s Center
(808) 245-8356

Leeward Community College Children’s Center
(808) 455-0488, (808) 845-9466

Maui College Children’s Center
(808) 249-2988

Faculty, staff, and students of the University, including their spouses and household members, are eligible to become members of the University of Hawai‘i Federal Credit Union (UHFCU).

Members may enjoy free traveler’s checks, special interest rates on savings, loans (e.g., new-hire loan – a special line of credit to cover the gap until you receive your first paycheck, personal loan, auto loan, home equity, mortgage, etc.), checking accounts and charge cards. Learn more about their products and services by calling the UHFCU at 983-5500 (toll-free: 800-927-3397) or visit the UHFCU website. In less than five minutes at the UHFCU website, you may join as a member.

Branches are available on the Mānoa and West Oʻahu campuses or stop by the Main Branch at the corner of King and McCully.

The University recognizes that families may face crises and problems that affect work performance. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential, short-term, professional counseling services to employees who may be experiencing personal problems that are affecting job performance. Eligible employees may receive up to a maximum of 3 hours of free counseling. All regular, temporary and exempt employees, casual hires and 89-day hires are eligible for EAP services.

WorkLife Hawaiʻi has been contracted to provide EAP services through a voluntary program that permits employees to seek help on their own. A WorkLife Hawaiʻi counselor, who specializes in the assessment of personal problems, will meet with the employee to explore options and possible resolutions. Discussions with a WorkLife Hawaiʻi counselor are kept confidential and will not be released without prior written permission from the employee.

EAP deals with human problems: those that may affect personal well-being and the ability to perform on the job. They include:

  • Marital/family problems
  • Grief/loss
  • Domestic violence
  • Drug/alcohol misuse
  • Relationship problems
  • Anger problems
  • Job-related issues
  • Stress and emotional problems
  • Other emotional or behavioral problems

Employees who wish to use EAP services can simply call WorkLife Hawaiʻi to schedule an appointment, or a supervisor may refer an employee with job performance problems to WorkLife Hawaiʻi.

A copy of your current pay stub is required at the initial counseling session.

When a supervisor wishes to refer an employee for counseling, the formal supervisory referral form may be completed after consulting with the HR Representative as to appropriate course of action to take and whether EAP referral is appropriate.

Contact Information

  • Call the WorkLife Hawai‘i central office at 543-8445 or at 1-800-994-3571 (toll-free) from the neighbor islands.
  • Office hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.– 5 p.m. Appointments are also available evenings and on Saturday.
  • Services are available on Oʻahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, Big Island, Moloka‘i and Lāna‘i.
  • Address: WorkLife Hawai‘i Central Office
    1001 Bishop Street, Suite 780
    Honolulu, HI 96813

 

Each calendar year, employees who meet eligibility criteria are eligible for unpaid job-protected leave for qualifying serious health conditions for themselves or a family member. Certain paid leaves may be substituted for unpaid leave.

Under the state Hawaiʻi Family Leave Law (HFLL), employees may be eligible for up to 4 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave during the calendar year. Under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), University employees may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave during a calendar year.

For more information on the HFLL, visit the State of Hawaiʻi, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations website. For more information on the FMLA, visit the U.S. Department of Labor’s website.

Visit the Family and Medical Leave Guide (UH Login Required) for more information on reasons to request family and medical leave, eligibility, qualification, and how to request family and medical leave.

Employees who are licensed foster parents with a foster children under the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Human Services’ placement responsibility may be granted up to 8 hours of paid time off per calendar year to attend Family Court hearings regarding their foster children.

HI529 is a voluntary program designed to assist families in saving for college. Administered by the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Budget and Finance, HI529 offers valuable tax benefits, high contribution limits, expert investment management, and the flexibility of choosing from a range of investment options. Contributions are made with after-tax dollars, the earnings on the account grow tax-deferred, and distributions used for qualified higher education expenses are tax-free (Hawaiʻi State and federal taxes). Employees are allowed to contribute to HI529 through payroll deduction.

To enroll (may be done online) and for more information, please visit the HI 529 – Hawaiʻi College Savings Program website or call toll-free 1-866-529-3343.

The University Housing program offers assistance to new full-time UH employees transitioning to live on the island of Oʻahu. For new employees transitioning to the island of Hawaiʻi, Maui or Kaua‘i, please check with your respective campus for information.

The University’s leave sharing program allows employees to donate unused vacation leave to fellow University employees recovering from a serious illness or injury or caring for an immediate family member with a serious illness or injury. Leave donations may be made to the central leave bank or to a specific individual who meets leave sharing eligibility requirements.

Employees who are not eligible to earn vacation leave may donate unused sick leave credits. Employees may be eligible to give and receive donated leave credits within the University. The purpose of the program is to ease the financial burden of employees who have exhausted their paid leave and would otherwise need to take unpaid time off to:

  • Recover from a serious personal illness or injury or
  • To care for a family member who is incapable of self care due to a serious personal injury or illness.

Eligible employees interested in donating their leave credits or who wish to request leave sharing may work with their HR Representative.

Employees are eligible for up to 2 hours of paid leave, inclusive of travel time, to discuss a child’s progress and development. Employees are limited to 2 mutually-scheduled parent-teacher conferences per child each calendar year:

  • Parent-teacher conference for the employee’s child attending a public or private school in grades kindergarten through 12 or
  • Parent-caregiver conference for a preschool-aged child attending a licensed group child care center.

Additional Information is available on the State’s DHRD Parent Teacher Conference Leave page.