This filing was published in the 05/15/2008, issue, Vol. 2008, No. 10, of the Utah State Bulletin.
Human Resource Management, Administration
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE
DAR File No.: 31192
Filed: 04/25/2008, 09:33
Received by: NL
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
Amendments are made to clarify intent with regard to sick leave, remove expired provisions from the sick leave retirement benefit, and reconstruct language regarding military leave and leave of absence without pay for clearer application. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provisions are added to comply with the National Defense Authorization Act and redundancies are removed. Clarifying language is added to Workers' Compensation Leave. Nonsubstantive changes are also made to correct punctuation and to comply with rulemaking style.
Summary of the rule or change:
In Section R477-7-4, confusing language is replaced with clarifying language and proper terminology. In Subsection R477-7-6(3), provisions limited to calendar year 2007 are deleted and "Program I" is inserted where appropriate. In Section R477-7-10, language was added to clarify that employees need have official military orders to receive paid military leave. Travel time was also inserted in compliance with Section 39-3-1. In Subsection R477-7-13(1), a sentence regarding continuous leave without pay was moved to Subsection R477-7-13(2)(a) and clarification language was added to Subsection R477-7-13(3)(b) regarding the definition of one year. Provisions are added to Section R477-7-15 regarding FMLA to address qualifying exigencies and family members of service members. Old Subsection R477-7-15(6)(b) was deleted as unnecessary. In Section R477-7-16, concerning Workers' Compensation language is added to clarify time frames as beginning on the last day worked in the "employee's regular position".
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
Sections 34-43-103, 49-9-203, 63-13-2, 67-19-6, 67-19-12.9, 67-19-14, 67-19-14.2, and 67-19-14.4
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
Provisions added to FMLA could present significant cost to agencies as these provisions expand FMLA eligibility to service members and their families. Certain provisions also permit up to six months FMLA leave which would impact agency budgets. Other changes are administrative and add clarifying language only with no significant anticipated budget impact.
This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on local governments.
small businesses and persons other than businesses:
This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on other persons.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
This rule only affects agencies of the executive branch of state government.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
Rules published by the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) have no direct effect on businesses or any entity outside state government. DHRM has authority to write rules only to the extent allowed by the Utah Personnel Management Act, Title 67, Chapter 19. This act limits the provisions of career service and these rules to employees of the executive branch of state government. The only possible impact may be a very slight, indirect effect if an agency passes costs or savings on to business through fees. However, it is anticipated that the minimal costs associated with these changes will be absorbed by agency budgets and will have no effect on business. Jeff Herring, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Human Resource Management
Room 2120 STATE OFFICE BLDG
450 N MAIN ST
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84114-1201
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
J.J. Acker or Tina Sweet at the above address, by phone at 801-537-9096 or 801-538-3761, by FAX at 801-538-3081 or 801-538-3081, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
Jeff Herring, Executive Director
R477. Human Resource Management, Administration.
R477-7-3. Annual Leave.
(1) An employee eligible for annual leave shall accrue leave based on the following years of state service:
(a) less than 5 years -- four hours per pay period;
(b) at least 5 and less than 10 years -- five hours per pay period;
(c) at least 10 and less than 20 years --six hours per pay period;
(d) 20 years or more -- seven hours per pay period.
(2) The accrual rate for an employee rehired to a position which receives leave benefits shall be based on all state employment in which the employee was eligible to accrue leave.
(3) The first eight hours of annual leave used by an employee in the calendar leave year shall be the employee's personal preference day.
(4) Agency management shall allow every employee the option to use annual leave each year for at least the amount accrued in the year.
(5) Unused accrued annual leave time in excess of 320 hours shall be forfeited during year end processing for each calendar year.
(6) The maximum annual leave accrual rate shall be granted to a certain employee under the following conditions:
(a) an employee described in Section 67-22-2, an employee in schedule AB, and agency deputy directors and division directors appointed to career service exempt positions.
(b) an employee who is schedule A, FLSA exempt and who has a direct reporting relationship to an elected official, executive director, deputy director, commissioner or board.
(c) The maximum accrual rate shall be effective from the day the employee is appointed through the duration of the appointment. Employees in these positions on July 1, 2003, shall have the leave accrual rate adjusted prospectively.
(d) The employee may not be eligible for any transfer of leave from other jurisdictions.
(e) Other provisions of leave shall apply [
defined in] Section R477-7-1.
R477-7-4. Sick Leave.
(1) An employee shall accrue sick leave with pay in proportion to the time paid each pay period, not to exceed four hours. Sick leave shall accrue without limit.
(2) Sick leave shall be granted for:
(a) preventive health and dental care, maternity, paternity, and adoption care, or for absence from duty because of illness, injury or temporary disability of the employee, a spouse, children or parents living in the employee's home; or
(b) FMLA purposes under Section R477-7-15.
(3) Agency management may grant exceptions for other unique medical situations.
(4) An employee shall arrange for a telephone report to supervisors at the beginning of the scheduled workday the employee is absent due to illness or injury. Management may require reports for serious illnesses or injuries.
(5) Any application for a grant of sick leave to cover an absence that exceeds four successive working days shall be supported by administratively acceptable evidence. If there is reason to believe that an employee is abusing sick leave, a supervisor may require an employee to produce evidence regardless of the number of sick hours used.
(6) After filing a resignation notice, an
employee must support a sick leave request with a [
An employee separating from state
service may not receive compensation for accrued unused sick leave unless
An employee who is rehired within 12
months of separation to a position that receives sick leave benefits shall have
previously accrued unused sick leave credit reinstated.]
(b) An employee who retires from state service
and is rehired may not reinstate [
unused] sick leave[
R477-7-5. Converted Sick Leave.
An employee may convert sick leave hours to converted sick leave after the end of the last pay period of the calendar year in which the employee is eligible.
(1)(a) Converted sick leave hours accrued prior to
January 1, 2006 shall be [
p]rogram I converted sick leave hours.
(b) Converted sick leave hours accrued after
January 1, 2006 shall be [
p]rogram II converted sick leave
(2) To be eligible, an employee must have
accrued a total of 144 hours or more of sick leave in [
I and [ p]rogram II combined at the beginning of the first pay
period of the calendar year.
(a) At the end of the last pay period of a
calendar year in which an employee is eligible, all unused sick leave hours
accrued that year in excess of 64 shall be converted to [
II converted sick leave.
(b) The maximum hours of converted sick leave an
employee may accrue in [
p]rogram I and [ p]rogram
II combined is 320.
(c) If the employee has the maximum accrued in converted sick leave, these hours will be added to the annual leave account balance.
(d) In order to prevent or reverse the conversion, an employee shall:
(i) notify agency management no later than the last day of the last pay period of the calendar year in order to prevent the conversion; or
(ii) notify agency management no later than the end of February in order to reverse the conversion.
(e) Upon separation, an eligible employee may
convert any unused sick leave hours accrued in the current calendar leave year
in excess of 64 to converted sick leave hours in [
(3) An employee may use converted sick leave as annual leave or as regular sick leave.
(4) Upon retirement, 25 percent of the value of the unused converted sick leave, but not to exceed Internal Revenue Service limitations, shall be placed in the employee's 401(k) account as an employer contribution.
(a) Converted sick leave hours from [
II shall be placed in the 401(k) account before hours from [ p]rogram
(b) The remainder shall be used for:
(i) the purchase of health care insurance and
life insurance [
as provided in] Subsection R477-7-6(3)(c) if
the converted sick leave was accrued in [ p]rogram I ; or
(ii) a contribution into the employees PEHP
health reimbursement account [
as provided in] Subsection
R477-7-6(4)(b) if the converted sick leave was accrued in [ p]rogram
R477-7-6. Sick Leave Retirement Benefit.
from active employment, an employee shall receive an unused sick leave
retirement benefit under [
the provisions of ]Section 67-19-14.2
and [ Section ]67-19-14.4.
(1)(a) Sick leave hours accrued prior to January 1,
2006 shall be [
p]rogram I sick leave hours.
(b) Sick leave hours accrued after January 1,
2006 shall be [
p]rogram II sick leave hours.
(2) An agency may offer the Unused Sick Leave Retirement Option Program I to an employee who is eligible to receive retirement benefits. However, any decision whether or not to participate in this program shall be agency wide and shall be consistent through an entire fiscal year.
(a) If an agency decides to withdraw for the next fiscal year after initially deciding to participate, the agency must notify all employees at least 60 days before the new fiscal year begins.
(3) An employee in a participating agency shall receive the following benefit provided by the Unused Sick Leave Retirement Options Program I.
(a) Continuing health and life insurance.
(i) The employing agency shall provide the same health and life insurance benefits as provided to current employees until the employee reaches the age eligible for Medicare or up to the following number of years, whichever comes first.[
(A) four years if the employee retires during
calendar year 2007:]
B]) three years if the employee retires during
calendar year 2008:
C]) two years if the employee retires during
calendar year 2009:
D]) one year if the employee retires during
calendar year 2010; or
E]) zero years if the employee retires after
calendar year 2010.
(ii) Health insurance provided shall be the same coverage carried by the employee at the time of retirement; i.e., family, two-party, or single. If the employee has no health coverage in place upon retirement, none shall be offered or provided.
(iii) Life insurance provided shall be the minimum authorized coverage provided for all state employees at the time the employee retires.
(iv) The retiree shall pay the same percentage of the premium as a current employee on the same plan. The premium amount shall be determined from the approved PEHP retiree rate and not the active employee rates.
(b) Twenty five percent of the value of the unused sick leave, but not to exceed Internal Revenue Service limitations, shall be placed in the employees 401(k) account as an employer contribution.
(i) Sick leave hours from [
II shall be placed in the 401(k) account before hours from [ p]rogram
(ii) After the 401(k) contribution is made, an additional amount shall be deducted from the employees remaining sick leave balance as follows.[
(A) 384 hours if the employee retires during
calendar year 2007;]
B]) 288 hours if the employee retires during
calendar year 2008;
C]) 192 hours if the employee retires during calendar
D]) 96 hours if the employee retires during
calendar year 2010; or
E]) zero hours if the employee retires after
calendar year 2010.
(c) The remaining sick leave hours and converted sick leave hours from Subsection R477-7-5(4)(b)(i) shall be used to provide the following benefit.
(i) The purchase of PEHP health insurance, or a state approved program, and life insurance coverage for the employee until he reaches the age eligible for Medicare.
(A) Health insurance shall be the same coverage carried by the employee at the time of retirement; i.e., family, two-party, or single.
(B) The purchase rate shall be eight hours of sick leave or converted sick leave for the state paid portion of one month's premium.
(C) The employee shall pay the same percentage of the premium as a current employee on the same plan. The premium amount shall be determined from the approved PEHP retiree rate and not the active employee rates.
(D) Life insurance provided shall be the minimum authorized coverage provided for state employees at the time the employee retires.
(ii) When the employee reaches the age eligible for Medicare, he may purchase a Medicare supplement policy provided by PEHP for himself at the rate of eight hours of sick leave or converted sick leave for one month's premium.
(iii) After the employee reaches the age eligible for Medicare, he may purchase PEHP health insurance, or a state approved program for a spouse until the spouse reaches the age eligible for Medicare.
(A) The purchase rate shall be eight hours of sick leave or converted sick leave for one month's premium.
(B) The employee shall pay the same percentage of the premium as a current employee on the same plan. The premium amount shall be determined from the approved PEHP retiree rate and not the active employee rates.
(iv) When the spouse reaches the age eligible for Medicare, the employee may purchase a Medicare supplement policy provided by PEHP for the spouse at the rate of eight hours of sick leave or converted sick leave for one month's premium.
(v) In the event an employee is killed in the
line of duty, the employee's spouse shall be eligible to use the employee's
available sick leave hours for the purchase of health and dental insurance [
provided in] Section 67-19-14.3.
(4) An employee shall receive the following benefit provided by the Unused Sick Leave Retirement Option Program II.
(a) Twenty five percent of the value of the unused sick leave, but not to exceed Internal Revenue Service limitations, shall be placed in the employee's 401(k) account as an employer contribution.
(b) After the 401(k) contribution the remaining sick leave hours and the converted sick leave hours from Subsection R477-7-5(4)(b)(ii) shall be deposited in the employees PEHP health reimbursement account at the greater of:
(i) the employees rate of pay at retirement, or
(ii) the average rate of pay of state employees who retired in the same retirement system in the previous calendar year.
R477-7-7. Administrative Leave.
(1) Administrative leave may be granted consistent with agency policy for the following reasons:
(i) governor approved holiday leave;
(ii) during management decisions that benefit the organization;
(iii) when no work is available due to unavoidable conditions or influences; or
(iv) other reasons consistent with agency policy.
(i) suspension with pay pending hearing results;
(ii) personal decision making prior to discipline;
(iii) removal from adverse or hostile work environment situations;
(iv) fitness for duty or employee assistance; or
(v) other reasons consistent with agency policy.
(c) reward in lieu of cash;
(i) the agency head or designee may grant paid administrative leave up to eight hours per occurrence;
(ii) administrative leave in excess of eight hours may be granted with written approval by the agency head.
(iii) administrative leave given as a reward in lieu of cash may not exceed 40 hours in a fiscal year.
(iv) administrative leave given as a reward in lieu of cash may be given from one agency to employees of another agency if both agency heads agree in advance.
(d) student educational assistance.
(e) An employee who satisfies the criteria in this subsection shall be granted up to two hours of administrative leave to vote in an official election.
(i) The employee must:
(A) have fewer than three total hours off the job between the time the polls open and close, and;
(B) apply for the time in the previous 24 hours.
(ii) Management may specify the hours when the employee may be absent.
(f) Administrative leave shall be given for non-performance based purposes to employees who are on Family and Medical Leave or a military leave of absence if the leave would have been given had the employee been in a working status.
(2) With the exception of administrative leave
used as a reward, [
as described in] Subsection R477-7(1)(c),
the agency head or designee may grant paid administrative leave up to ten
consecutive working days per occurrence.
Administrative leave in excess of ten consecutive working days per
occurrence may be granted by the agency head.
(3) Administrative leave taken must be documented in the employee's leave record.
R477-7-8. Jury Leave.
(1) An employee is entitled to a leave of absence with full pay when, in obedience to a subpoena or direction by proper authority, the employee is required to:
(a) appear as a witness as part of the employee's position for the federal government, the State of Utah, or a political subdivision of the state; or
(b) serve as a witness in a grievance hearing [
provided in] Section 67-19-31 and Title 67, Chapter 19a; or
(c) serve on a jury.
(2) An employee who is absent in order to litigate in matters unrelated to state employment shall use eligible accrued leave or leave without pay.
(3) An employee choosing to use paid leave while on jury duty shall be entitled to keep juror's fees; otherwise, juror's fees received shall be returned to agency payroll clerks for deposit with the State Treasurer. The fees shall be deposited as a refund of expenditure in the low org. where the salary is recorded.
R477-7-10. Military Leave.
One day of
military leave is the equivalent to the employee's normal workday but not to
exceed eight hours. (1) ]An
employee who is a member of the National Guard or Military Reserves is entitled to paid military leave not to
exceed [ 15 days] [ per ]calendar year.
shall be on official military orders and ]may not claim salary
for nonworking days spent in military training or for traditional weekend
After the first 15 days, officers and
employees of the state shall be granted military leave without pay for the
period of official military orders, including travel time, Section 39-3-1. (a) ]An
employee may use accrued leave [ while on official military
(i) Accrued sick leave may only be used if the reason for leave meets the conditions in Section R477-7-4.
(3) An employee on military leave is eligible for any service awards or non-performance administrative leave he would otherwise be eligible to receive.
(4) An employee shall give notice of official military orders as soon as possible.
(5) Upon release from official military orders under honorable conditions, an employee shall be placed in a position in the following order of priority.
(a) If the period of service was for less than 91 days, the employee shall be placed:
(i) in the same position the employee held on the date of the commencement of the service in the uniformed services; or
(ii) in the same position the employee would have held if the continuous employment of the employee had not been interrupted by the service.
(b) If the period of service was for more than 90 days, the employee shall be placed:
(i) in a position of like seniority, status and salary, of the position the employee held on the date of the commencement of the service in the uniformed services; or
(ii) in a position of like seniority, status, and salary the employee would have held if the continuous employment of the employee had not been interrupted by the service.
(c) When a disability is incurred or aggravated while on official military orders, the employing agency shall adhere to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), United States Code, Title 38, Chapter 43.
(d) The cumulative length of time allowed for reemployment may not exceed five years. This rule incorporates by reference 20CFR1002.103 for the purposes of calculating cumulative time.
(e) An employee is entitled to reemployment rights and benefits including increased pension and leave accrual. An employee entering military leave may elect to have payment for annual leave deferred.
(6) In order to be reemployed, an employee shall present evidence of military service, and:
(a) for service less than 31 days, return at the beginning of the next regularly scheduled work period on the first full day after release from service unless impossible or unreasonable through no fault of the employee;
(b) for service of more than 30 days but less than 181 days, submit a request for reemployment within 14 days of release from service, unless impossible or unreasonable through no fault of the employee; or
(c) for service of more than 180 days, submit a request for reemployment within 90 days of release from service.
R477-7-13. Leave of Absence Without Pay.
(1) An employee shall apply in writing to agency
management for approval of a leave of absence without pay.[
Approval may be granted for continuous leave
for up to 12 months from the last day worked.]
(a) The employee shall be entitled to previously accrued annual and sick leave.
(b) If unable to return to work within the time period granted, the employee shall be separated from state employment unless prohibited by state or federal law to include but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
(2) Nonmedical Reasons
a]) Leave without pay may be granted only when
there is an expectation that the employee will return to work. This section
does not apply for military leave.
b]) Agency management may approve leave without
pay for an employee even though annual or sick leave balances exist. An
employee may take up to ten consecutive working days of leave without pay
without affecting the leave accrual rate.
c]) An employee who receives no compensation for
a complete pay period shall be responsible for payment of the full premium of
state provided benefits.
d]) An employee who returns to work on or before
the expiration of leave without pay shall be placed in a position with
comparable pay and seniority to the previously held position.
(3) Medical Reasons
(a) An employee who is ineligible for FMLA, Workers Compensation, or Long Term Disability may be granted continuous, reduced or intermittent leave without pay for medical reasons.
(b) Medical leave without pay may be granted for
no more than [
Medical leave may be approved if a registered health practitioner certifies
that an employee is temporarily disabled.
(c) An employee who is granted this leave shall provide a monthly status update to the employee's supervisor.
R477-7-15. Family and Medical Leave.
(1) An employee is entitled to 12 weeks of family and medical leave each calendar year for any of the following reasons:
(a) birth of a child;
(b) adoption of a child;
(c) placement of a foster child;
(d) a serious health condition of the employee; or
(e) care of a spouse, dependent child, or parent with a serious medical condition.
(2)] An employee on FMLA leave shall continue to
receive the same health insurance benefits the employee was receiving prior to
the commencement of FMLA leave.
(3)] An employee on FMLA leave shall receive any
administrative leave given for non-performance based reasons if the leave would
have been given had the employee been in a working status.
(4)] To be eligible for family and medical
leave, the employee must:
(a) be employed by the state for at least [
(b) be employed by the state for a minimum of 1250 hours worked, as determined under FMLA, during the 12 month period immediately preceding the commencement of leave.
(5)] When an employee chooses to use FMLA leave,
the employee or an appropriate spokesperson, shall apply in writing for the
initial leave and when the reason for requesting family medical leave changes:
(a) thirty days in advance for foreseeable needs; or
(b) as soon as possible in emergencies.
(6)] An employee may use accrued annual leave,
sick leave, converted sick leave, excess hours and compensatory time prior to
going into leave without pay status for the family and medical leave period.
a]) An employee who chooses to use FMLA leave
shall use FMLA leave for all absences related to that qualifying event.
(b) An employee who takes family and medical
leave in a leave without pay status must comply with Section R477-7-13. (7)]
Any period of leave without pay for an employee with a serious health
condition who is determined by a health care provider to be incapable of
applying for Family and Medical Leave and has no agent or designee shall be
designated as FMLA leave.
(8)] An employee with a serious health condition
covered under workers' compensation may use FMLA leave concurrently with the
workers' compensation benefit.
(9)] An employee shall be eligible to return to
work under Section R477-7-13.
(a) If an employee has gone into leave without pay status and fails to return to work after FMLA leave has ended, an agency may recover, with certain exceptions, the health insurance premiums paid by the agency on the employee's behalf. An employee is considered to have returned to work if the employee returns for at least 30 calendar days.
(b) Exceptions to this provision include:
(i) an FLSA exempt and schedule AB, AD and AR employee who has been denied restoration upon expiration of their leave time;
(ii) an employee whose circumstances change unexpectedly beyond the employee's control during the leave period preventing the return to work at the end of 12 weeks.
(10)] Leave taken for purposes of childbirth,
adoption, placement for adoption or foster care [ shall] not be
taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule unless the employee and
employer mutually agree.
(11)] Medical records created for purposes of
FMLA and the Americans with Disabilities Act must be maintained in accordance
with confidentiality requirements of Subsection R477-2-5(7).
R477-7-16. Workers Compensation Leave.
(1) An employee may use accrued leave benefits to supplement the workers compensation benefit.
(a) The combination of leave benefit and workers
compensation benefit [
shall] not exceed the employee's gross
salary. Leave benefits shall only be
used in increments of one hour in making up any difference.
(b) The use of accrued leave to supplement the worker compensation benefit shall be terminated if:
(i) the employee is declared medically stable by licensed medical authority;
(ii) the workers compensation fund terminates the benefit;
(iii) the employee has been absent from work for one year;
(iv) the employee refuses to accept appropriate employment offered by the state; or
(v) the employee receives Long Term Disability or Social Security Disability benefits.
(c) The employee shall refund to the state any accrued leave paid which exceeds the employee's gross salary for the period for which the benefit was received.
(2) An employee will continue to accrue state paid benefits and leave benefits while receiving a workers compensation time loss benefit for up to one year.
(3) Health insurance benefits shall continue for an employee on leave without pay while receiving workers compensation benefits. The employee is responsible for the payment of the employee share of the premium.
(4) If the employee is able to return to work within one year of the last day worked, the agency shall place the employee in the previously held position or a similar position at a comparable salary range.
(5) If the employee is unable to return to work
12 months], the employee shall be separated from state employment
unless prohibited by state or federal law to include but not limited to the
Americans with Disabilities Act.
(6) An employee who files a fraudulent workers
compensation claim shall be disciplined [
according to the provisions of ]
R477-7-17. Long Term Disability Leave.
(1) An employee who is determined eligible for the Long Term Disability Program (LTD) shall be granted up to one year of medical leave, if warranted by a medical condition.
(a) The medical leave begins on the last day the employee worked. LTD requires a three month waiting period before benefit payments begin. During this period, an employee may use available sick and converted sick leave. When those balances are exhausted, an employee may use other leave balances available.
(b) An employee determined eligible for Long Term Disability benefits shall be eligible for health insurance benefits the day after the last day worked. The employee is responsible for 10% of the health insurance premium during the first year of disability, 20% during the second year of disability, and 30% thereafter until the employee is no longer covered by the long term disability program.
Upon approval of the LTD claim:
(i) Biweekly salary payments that the employee may be receiving shall cease. If the employee received any salary payments after the three month waiting period, the LTD benefit shall be offset by the amount received.
(ii) The employee shall be paid for remaining balances of annual leave, compensatory hours and excess hours in a lump sum payment. This payment shall be made at the time LTD is approved unless the employee requests in writing to receive it upon separation from state employment. No reduction of the LTD payment shall be made to offset this payment. If the employee returns to work prior to one year after the last day worked, the employee has the option of buying back annual leave at the current hourly rate.
(iii) An employee with a converted sick leave balance at the time of LTD eligibility shall have the option to receive a lump sum payout of all or part of the balance or to keep the balance intact to pay for health and life insurance upon retirement. The payout shall be at the rate at the time of LTD eligibility.
(iv) An employee who retires from state
government directly from LTD may be eligible for health and life insurance [
provided in] Subsection 67-19-14(2)(b)(ii).
(v) Unused sick leave balance shall remain
intact until the employee retires. At
retirement, the employee shall be eligible for the 401(k) contribution and the
purchase of health and life insurance [
as provided in]
(2) An employee shall continue to accrue service credit for retirement purposes while receiving long term disability benefits.
(3) Conditions for return from leave without pay shall include:
(a) If an employee provides an administratively acceptable medical release allowing him to return to work within one year of the last day worked, the agency shall place the employee in the previously held position or similar position in a comparable salary range provided the employee is able to perform the essential functions of the job with or without a reasonable accommodation.
(b) If an employee is unable to return to work within one year after the last day worked, the employee shall be separated from state employment unless prohibited by state or federal law to include but not limited to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
(4) An employee who files a fraudulent long term
disability claim shall be disciplined [
according to the provisions of]
R477-7-19. Policy Exceptions.
Director, DHRM, may authorize exceptions to [
the provisions of ]this
rule consistent with Subsection R477-2-3(1).
KEY: holidays, leave benefits, vacations
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive
July 1, 2007]
Notice of Continuation: June 29, 2007
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 34-43-103; 49-9-203; 63-13-2; 67-19-6; 67-19-12.9; 67-19-14; 67-19-14.2; 67-19-14.4
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