Sick Leave Bank
The Sick Leave Bank (SLB) is designed to ease the financial impact of serious illness, accident or injury. Although not an exclusive list, typical usage would be for heart attack, cancer, serious automobile accident or major surgery. Serious illness is defined as being hospitalized, homebound under psychiatric care, temporarily totally disabled, and/or not able to perform the activities of daily living. The Bank is not intended to provide benefits to those members having surgery which is not medically necessary or for normal maternity leave.
- Any employee with one or more years of consecutive service in a benefited position and having at least six days of accrued sick leave may enroll in the SLB.
- An employee becomes a member by voluntarily contributing one day of sick leave to the SLB.
- When the SLB balance drops below 300 days, all members are automatically assessed one day.
Enrollment and Withdrawal of Membership
- Enrollment periods are the first 30 calendar days of the first and second semesters.
- Employees may withdraw their membership by completing a Sick Leave Bank Enrollment/Withdrawal form and submitting it to Retirement Services during any enrollment period.
How to Request Days from the Sick Leave Bank
- If an illness will keep the employee from returning to work until after they have used all of their accrued sick leave days, they may apply for sick leave days from the SLB.
- To withdraw days from the SLB, the employee must obtain a request form from Retirement Services. Side A is to be completed by the employee and submitted to the physician. Side B must be completed by the physician. The request form must be received by Retirement Services within 90 calendar days of the first day for which SLB days could have been drawn.
- A member may be eligible for benefits following 15 working days of absence within a 30 duty-day period.
- Any illness or condition known to exist prior to an employee becoming a member of the SLB shall not be covered for the first 12 months of membership.
- A maximum of 100 days per illness may be awarded to an eligible member. Additionally, eligible members can only access a maximum of 100 days per 12 month period.
- Effective January 1, 2011, in the event a member draws a total of 100 days over any period of time (1 yr, 2 yrs, 3 yrs, etc) from the SLB, such members shall reinstate their membership by reestablishing eligibility.
- Upon completion of the application form, employees must return the form to Retirement Services for review by the SLB Committee. Time will be approved on a 30 day basis requiring updated doctor information every 30 days.
- A request for a Leave of Absence must also be completed and submitted to your supervisor for approval for any unpaid leave in excess of 10 days.
- Applicants are notified of the Committee's decision by mail.
Please refer to CTA or OESPA contract language for the complete guidelines regarding the Sick Leave Bank.
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