Nebraska Administrative Code
Topic - ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES, DEPARTMENT OF
Title 273 - STATE PERSONNEL DIVISION
Chapter 9 - PROVISIONS FOR LEAVE
Section 273-9-05 - CATASTROPHIC LEAVE
Current through October 16, 2022
When an employee experiences a catastrophic event, he/she may request catastrophic leave donations. Catastrophic Leave is available only to employees who have exhausted their own earned sick leave and only with approval of the agency head.
05.01 ELIGIBILITY OF RECIPIENT. Employees must meet the following criteria before request(s) for donations can be made:
05.02 REQUESTING CATASTROPHIC LEAVE. Employees need to submit a written request for catastrophic leave donations to the agency/facility Human Resources office. The Human Resources staff will be responsible to initiate the process to verify eligibility, seek agency head approval, request donations, apply the conversion formula to donations received, advise the employee of donations received and notify the appropriate payroll personnel of changes to receiving/donating employees' leave balances. Agency heads and/or their designee[s] need to approve catastrophic leave requests before solicitation for donations begin.
05.03 CATASTROPHIC ILLNESS/INJURY DONATION. Employees may contribute accrued vacation leave or earned compensatory time to benefit another State employee in the same agency suffering from a catastrophic illness. Vacation leave and earned compensatory time will be donated in no less than four-hour increments. The contributing employee needs to identify the specific amount of time donated and the name of the recipient of the donated hours. Hours donated and transferred to another State employee pursuant to this provision will be irrevocably credited to the recipient's catastrophic leave account.
05.04 ELIGIBILITY OF THE DONOR. Before donating leave, employees must meet the following criteria:
05.05 If catastrophic leave donations exceed that which is needed to cover the catastrophic illness/injury related absence, it will remain in the catastrophic leave account for a period of one year from the employee's return to work. Remaining amounts may be used for future absences related to the catastrophic illness/injury (i.e., follow-up medical appointments/treatments). After one year from the date of the employee's return from the first period of extended absence, or upon death of the employee, any remaining catastrophic leave balance will be forfeited.
05.06 The provisions of this section are non-grievable.
05.07 This section has been adjusted pursuant to Neb. Rev. Stat. § 81-1317.
Adopted effective 12/21/2021