Leaves Of Absence
Section One. These are the following categories of leave of absence without pay:
(1) (a) Involuntary leave, defined as leave for disability illness (including maternity disability) or extreme illness involving the employee's immediate family (spouse, domestic partner, children or parents; the definition of domestic partner shall be consistent with the definition for eligibility for pension purposes) or adoption;
(b) Non-disability parental leave;
(2) Leave for good cause shown;
(3) Leave for the convenience of the employee.
An employee requesting leave shall do so in writing to the Personnel Office, specifying the type of leave and dates desired. Requests shall be made as much in advance as possible, but at least thirty (30) days prior to the starting date if possible.
Part-time employees under twenty (20) hours per week shall be entitled to involuntary leave as herein defined, except that the length of leave shall be one-half (1/2) of the full-time entitlement; all leaves other than involuntary leaves and parental leaves shall be at the sole discretion of the employer.
Section Two. (a) In the cases of involuntary leave, the leave of absence shall be with position and shift assignment held for up to one (1) year or the length of the employee's service, whichever is less, unless holding the shift creates undue hardship on the Employer. For part-time employees under twenty (20) hours per week, the leave of absence shall be up to six (6) months or the length of the employee's service, whichever is less. In cases of illness, the employee must provide the Employer with a medical certificate or an equivalent statement of a physician.
(b) In the case of parental leave, the leave of absence shall be for up to twelve (12) months after the date of delivery, but it shall be with position and shift assignment held for only six (6) months after the date of delivery. Part time employees under twenty (20) hours per week are entitled to this parental leave. Except that the length of leave shall be one half (1/2) of the full-time entitlement. In all cases however, the above leave shall not be taken in addition to the family leave provisions of Connecticut General Statute Section 5-248a.
An employee may request a leave for good cause, in accordance with the provision of Section Three, following expiration of the parental leave, except that such leave may be granted for a maximum of six (6) months.
Section Three. Leave for good cause shown shall be granted to an employee who has completed the Working Test Period unless granting the leave would create a serious hardship for the Employer. Such leave shall be with position and shift held for thirty (30) days only, but may extend for up to one (1) year or the length of the employee's service, whichever is less.
After the thirty (30) day period, when an employee who has been on such leave is ready to return to work, reemployment shall be subject to the following:
(a) The employee shall be placed on a reemployment list for his/her classification or a lower classification in the same series. Placement on the reemployment list shall be in seniority order following the name of the least senior employee on the list as the result of layoff.
(b) An employee on the reemployment list following a leave shall have priority in filling vacancies over (1) all outside hires, (2) promotions to vacancies only at the facility from which the employee went on leave, and (3) requests for shift or lateral transfers provided he/she has greater seniority than the employee seeking the transfer.
(c) To be eligible for reemployment: (1) the employee must be capable of returning to work and must have the ability to fully perform the duties of the positions; (2) nothing shall have occurred during the leave of absence which would have made the employee an unacceptable candidate for employment.
If the employee's most recent service rating was unsatisfactory at the time a leave for good cause was granted, prior to his/her return to work there shall be a meeting with the supervisor to discuss those aspects of the employee's performance which need improvement. At this meeting, if the leave was granted to resolve a problem which impacted on the employee's performance, the employee shall indicate what steps have been taken to resolve the problem which he/she was on leave. The leave shall not, however, modify the effect of an unsatisfactory service rating on an employee work record.
Section Four. Leave for the convenience of the employee may be granted in the Employer's sole discretion. The employee may request that the leave be with position held, for not more than thirty (30) days.
Such leave is without reemployment rights. However, if an employee is rehired within one (1) year, credit for seniority up to the starting date of the leave shall be restored upon reemployment.
Section Five. In cases of involuntary leave due to illness or maternity disability, an employee will first use all accrued leave time except vacations. Use of accrued vacation time will be optional with the employee.
Other leaves will begin after the employee has used all accrued leave time except sick time.
Section Six. Upon the expiration of a leave with position and shift held, an employee may request an additional leave of absence during which class and shift may or may not be held at the discretion of the Employer.
Section Seven. In the event an employee wishes to return to work prior to the expiration of a leave, he/she will give thirty (30) days advance notice to the Employer.
Section Eight. During the period of a leave without pay in excess of five (5) working days in the calendar month, the employee:
(1) shall not be credited for length of service, except as provided in this Agreement;
(2) shall not earn vacation or sick leave for that month except that for Vocational School Nurses, days without pay due to the schools being closed to students shall not be counted toward the above five (5) days for the purposes of determining vacation and sick leave accrual.