New York Codes, Rules and Regulations
Title 7 - DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS AND COMMUNITY SUPERVISION
Chapter II - Employee Rules
Part 62 - Attendance Rules For Teachers
Section 62.2 - Absence with pay

Current through Register Vol. 44, No. 38, September 21, 2022

(a) Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.

(1) All Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays shall, so far as practicable, be allowed as days off. Employees required to work on any of these days shall not be entitled to compensatory time off in lieu thereof.

(2) The days prescribed as holidays by the department's annual calendar for the school year shall be observed as holidays.

(b) Floating days off.

(1) There will be three "floating days" added to the school calendar. These days will be established as the first three calendar days of the school year. Establishment of less than three floating days will occur only through local labor/management agreement. However, in no instance shall there be more than three floating days. These floating days are earned-days and will only be credited to the employee if they are worked. Employees paid on an hourly basis (as opposed to an annual-funded basis) are not credited with floating days as they receive pay rather than time for working those days.

(2) The floating days credited cannot carry over from year to year.

(3) Since employees may not be compensated in cash for floating days off, it is necessary that such time off be scheduled prior to separation from their teacher/vocational instructor/education supervisor position.

(4) No teacher will work more than 185 days during the school year. Floating days shall be used no later than June 10th.

(5) Employees unable to work any of the designated floating days shall notify the facility prior to the start of the workday. Employee absences taken on floating days will not be charged against accruals.

(6) These extra days off are to be recorded in a separate leave category and are to be used in full-day units.

(7) Requests for floating days off will be made, in writing, and will be subject to supervisor's approval. Such requests will not be unreasonably denied. Responses to requests for floating days off will be given within three days.

(c) Absences during school year. Except as provided by these rules and except as provided by the department's annual calendar for the school year, employees shall not be entitled to any leave of absence with pay during the school year; provided, however, that the department may grant time off with pay for religious observance, teacher conferences and other appropriate professional meetings, and for extraordinary or emergency absences. Employees may be required to make up such time off by appropriate adjustments in their daily or weekly work schedules.

(d) Sick leave.

(1) Sick leave is absence with pay necessitated by the illness or disability of the employee, including illness or disability caused by pregnancy or childbirth.

(2) Employees shall earn sick leave credits at the rate of one-half day per biweekly pay period during periods they are paid their regular salary and may accumulate such credits up to a total of 150 days; provided, however, that an employee shall not earn sick leave credit for any biweekly pay period unless he is in full pay status for at least seven workdays during such biweekly pay period. A part-time employee who is required to work a fixed number of hours, five days per week, shall also earn sick leave credit as provided herein, but his total pay when absent on such leave shall be the amount which would have been due him had he been working regularly at his usual hours for such period.

(3) An employee absent on sick leave shall notify his supervisor of such absence and the reason therefor on the first day of such absence and within two hours after the beginning of the employee's workday; provided, however, that where the work is such that a substitute may be required, the department may require earlier notification, but not more than two hours prior to the beginning of the employee's workday. An employee who fails to so notify his supervisor may be deemed to be on leave without pay for that day. Sick leave credits shall not be used in units of less than one-half hour.

(4) Before absence for personal illness may be charged against accumulated sick leave credits, the department may require such proof of illness as may be satisfactory to it, or may require the employee to be examined, at the expense of the department, by a physician designated by the department. In the event of failure to submit proof of illness upon request, or in the event that, upon such proof as is submitted or upon the report of medical examination, the department finds that there is not satisfactory evidence of illness sufficient to justify the employee's absence from the performance of his duties, such absence may be considered as unauthorized leave and shall not be charged against accumulated sick credits. Abuse of sick leave privileges shall be cause for disciplinary action.

(5) The department may require an employee who has been absent because of personal illness, prior to and as a condition of his return to duty, to be examined, at the expense of the department, by a physician designated by the department, to establish that he is not disabled from the performance of his normal duties and that his return to duty will not jeopardize the health of other employees.

(6) In addition to personal illness of the employee, the following types of absence, when approved by the department, may be charged against accumulated sick leave credits: illness or death in the employee's family; provided, however, that charge for such absence shall not exceed a maximum of 15 days in any one school year; personal visits to doctor or dentist. Proof of the need for such absences, satisfactory to the department, may be required.

(7) When an employee is transferred to another position in the same or a different department or agency and such position is subject to attendance rules approved by the New York State Civil Service Commission, his accumulated sick leave credits shall be transferred with him. When an employee is separated from service for other than disciplinary reasons and is subsequently reinstated or reemployed within one year after such separation, or is reinstated by action of the State Civil Service Commission, or is reinstated or reemployed while eligible for reinstatement from a preferred list, his sick leave credits accumulated and unused at the time of his separation shall be restored; provided, however, that such sick leave credits shall not be restored except when leave records satisfactory to the appointing authority are available.

(8) Every employee shall, on the date on which he becomes subject to these rules, be credited with the number of days of sick leave which he had accumulated under the attendance rules for employees in New York State departments and institutions (see 4 NYCRR Chapter II) and had remaining to his credit as of such date.

(9) This section shall not be construed to require extension of any employment beyond the time at which it would otherwise terminate by operation of law, rule or regulation.

(e) Extended sick leave.

(1) The department may, in its discretion, advance sick leave credits to an employee absent due to personal illness who has exhausted his accumulated sick leave credits. Such advance sick leave credits shall be repaid, as soon as practicable after the employee's return to duty, from subsequent accumulations of time credits. The outstanding unrepaid sick leave credits advanced to any employee under the provisions of this section shall not at any time exceed a total of five days.

(2) Upon termination of the employee's services any such advance of sick leave not offset by subsequent accumulations of sick leave credits, shall be deducted from salary or wages due the employee.

(f) Sick leave at half pay. The department may, in its discretion, grant sick leave at half pay for personal illness to a permanent employee having not less than a year of service after all of his sick leave credits have been used; provided, however, that the cumulative total of all sick leave at half pay granted to any employee after January 2, 1957 shall not exceed one pay period for each complete six months of his State service.

(g) Workers' compensation leave.

(1) Leave for absence necessitated by occupational injury or disease. Except as otherwise provided in paragraphs (2) and (3) of this subdivision, an employee necessarily absent from duty because of occupational injury or disease as defined in the Workers' Compensation Law, upon giving notice to the department that he is absent on account of such injury or disease and that he claims benefits under such law, shall be allowed leave from his position for the period of absence necessitated by such injury or disease, up to cumulatively one year including any periods of such absence during which the employee draws sick leave credits. Such leave may be extended for further periods in the discretion of the appointing authority.

(2) Controverted cases. If the employee's claim for benefits under the Workers' Compensation Law is controverted by the State Insurance Fund (at the request of the department or on its own initiative) and the department is so notified, the employee shall not be entitled to leave under this section. This shall not, however, adversely affect the employee's eligibility for leave under other provisions of these rules. If final determination of the controverted claim is in favor of the employee, he shall be entitled to leave under this section, and all absences before such final determination, to the extent that the same were necessitated by his occupational injury or disease, shall be deemed to have been pursuant to leave under this section.

(3) Permanent incapacity. Leave under this section may be withheld or terminated if the department determines that the occupational injury or disease suffered by the employee is of such a nature as to permanently incapacitate him for the performance of the duties of his position.

(4) Pay during leave. An employee on leave under this section may receive pay as follows:
(i) The department upon finding that the employee is in fact disabled from the performance of his duties, may grant the employee full pay during such leave not exceeding cumulatively six months. Such full pay may be granted irrespective of the employee's accrued credits under these rules.

(ii) Except when on full pay status under subparagraph (i) of this paragraph, the employee may draw accrued sick leave credits, subject to the provisions of these rules pertaining thereto.

(iii) If not drawing full pay under subparagraph (i) or (ii) of this paragraph, an employee may, in the discretion of the department, be allowed to draw sick leave at half pay for which he may be eligible under these rules.

(5) Accrual of leave credits. An employee who receives full pay for any period of leave under this section shall earn sick leave credits during such period.

(6) Award credited to State. An award by the Workers' Compensation Board of compensation for any period for which the employee receives or received pay from the State shall be credited to the State as reimbursement of wages paid.

(7) Restoration of leave credits. Sick leave credits, including sick leave at half pay, used by an employee during a period of absence for which an award of compensation has been made and credited to the State as reimbursement for wages paid shall be restored to him in full; provided, however, that no restoration shall be made for any absence of less than a full day. Credits so restored may not again be used for future absences attributable to the same injury. An employee restored to service after absence on leave under this section shall have one year from the date of such restoration to reduce his accrued leave credits to the limits prescribed in these rules.

(8) Reinstatement. Upon request of the employee for reinstatement at or prior to the expiration of the maximum period of allowed leave, the department, if in doubt as to whether the employee is physically and mentally fit to perform the duties of his position, may require the employee to undergo medical examination, by a physician designated by the department, before the employee may be reinstated. If reinstatement is denied, the employee may make application therefor in the manner prescribed by section 71 of the Civil Service Law. If an employee continues absent after the expiration of the maximum period of allowed leave, his eligibility for reinstatement shall be governed by section 71 of this Civil Service Law.

(9) Medical examination. In order to enable the department to make such determinations as are authorized or required under this section, the department may require an employee at any time to be examined by a physician designated by the department.

(10) Where the department has refused to grant the employee pay during leave pursuant to paragraph (4) of this subdivision, or has withheld or terminated a leave of absence on the ground that the occupational injury or disease is of such a nature as to permanently incapacitate the employee for the performance of the duties of his position, the employee may request the Civil Service Commission to review the determination of the department. If the commission finds that such determination of the department is arbitrary or unreasonable, it may reverse or modify such determination.

(11) Construction. This section shall not be construed to require extension of any employment beyond the time at which it would otherwise terminate.

(h) Leave for subpoenaed appearance and jury attendance. On proof of the necessity of jury service or appearance as a witness pursuant to subpoena or other order of a court or body, an employee shall be granted a leave of absence with pay with no charge against leave credits; provided, however, that this subdivision shall not apply to any absence by an employee occasioned by such an appearance if he is a party.

(i) Leave for civil service examinations. Employees shall be allowed leave with pay to take New York State Civil Service examinations at the appropriate center provided that due notice is given by the employee to the department.

(j) Leave for quarantine. If an employee who is not ill himself is required to remain absent because of quarantine and presents a written statement of the attending physician or local health officer proving the necessity of such absence, he shall be granted leave with pay for the period of his required absence, without charge against accumulated sick leave credits. Prior to return to duty, such employee may be required to submit a written statement from the local health officer having jurisdiction that his return to duty will not jeopardize the health of other employees.

(k) Leaves required by law. The department shall grant any leave of absence, with pay, required by law.

(l) Leave for civil defense duties. Upon certification by the State Director of Civil Defense of the necessity for the participation in State or local civil defense drills of an employee enrolled as a civil defense volunteer and required to perform civil defense duties pursuant to the State Defense Emergency Act, the department may allow such employee to absent himself from his position, without loss of pay or charge against leave credits, for such time as is necessary for participation in such drills, but not exceeding cumulatively five workdays per calendar year.

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