DAR File No. 39319
This rule was published in the May 15, 2015, issue (Vol. 2015, No. 10) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Human Resource Management, Administration
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 39319
Filed: 04/30/2015 09:24:26 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this amendment is to clarify the rule regarding leave.
Summary of the rule or change:
The changes provide clarifying language to conditions of leave; set parameters for sick leave hours for retired employees that reemploy with the state; move Subsections R477-7-8(3) and R477-7-8(4) around to provide clarity to the rule; remove four month language from Leave without Pay section to eliminate redundancies with Conditions of Leave section; and correct citations.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 67-19-12.9
- Section 67-19-6
- Section 67-19-14
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
These changes are administrative and do not directly impact state budgets.
This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on local government.
This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on small businesses.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
This rule only affects the executive branch of state government and will have no impact on other persons. This rule has no financial impact on state employees.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There is no direct compliance cost for these amendments.
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.
Debbie Cragun, 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:
- Greg Hargis at the above address, by phone at 801-891-5680, by FAX at , or by Internet E-mail at 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:
Interested persons may attend a public hearing regarding this rule:
- 06/02/2015 10:00 AM, Senate Building, 420 N State Street, Copper Room, Salt Lake City, UT
This rule may become effective on:
Debbie Cragun, Executive Director
R477. Human Resource Management, Administration.
R477-7-1. Conditions of Leave.
(1) An employee shall be eligible for [
(a) in a position designated by the agency as eligible for benefits; and
(b) in a position which normally requires
at least] 40 hours per pay period.
(2) An eligible employee shall accrue annual, sick and holiday leave in proportion to the time paid as determined by DHRM.
(3) An employee shall use leave in no less than quarter hour increments.
(4) An employee may not use annual, sick,
converted sick, ]or holiday leave before accrued.
Leave accrued during a pay period may not be used until the
following pay period.
(5) An employee may not use annual leave, converted sick leave used as annual leave, or use excess or compensatory hours without advance approval by management.
(6) An employee may not use any type of leave except jury leave to accrue excess hours.
(7) An employee transferring from one agency to another is entitled to transfer all accrued annual, sick, and converted sick leave to the new agency.
(8) An employee separating from state service shall be paid in a lump sum for all annual leave and excess hours. An FLSA nonexempt employee shall also be paid in a lump sum for all compensatory hours.
(a) An employee separating from state service for reasons other than retirement shall be paid in a lump sum for all converted sick leave.
(b) Converted sick leave for a retiring employee shall be subject to Section R477-7-5.
(c) Annual, sick and holiday leave may not be used or accrued after the last day worked, except for:
(i) leave without pay;
(ii) administrative leave specifically approved by management to be used after the last day worked;
(iii) leave granted under the FMLA; or
(iv) leave granted for other medical reasons that was approved prior to the commencement of the leave period.
(9) After four months cumulative leave from the first day of absence due to the inability to perform the regular position in a 24 month period, the employee shall be separated from employment regardless of paid leave status unless prohibited by state or federal law. Exceptions may be granted by the agency head in consultation with DHRM.
(10) Contributions to benefits may not be paid on cashed out leave, other than FICA tax, except as it applies to converted sick leave in Section R477-7-5(2) and the Retirement Benefit in Section R477-7-6.
R477-7-2. Holiday Leave.
(1) The following dates are paid holidays for eligible employees:
(a) New Years Day -- January 1
(b) Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- third Monday of January
(c) Washington and Lincoln Day -- third Monday of February
(d) Memorial Day -- last Monday of May
(e) Independence Day -- July 4
(f) Pioneer Day -- July 24
(g) Labor Day -- first Monday of September
(h) Columbus Day -- second Monday of October
(i) Veterans' Day -- November 11
(j) Thanksgiving Day -- fourth Thursday of November
(k) Christmas Day -- December 25
(l) Any other day designated as a paid holiday by the Governor.
(2) If a holiday falls or is observed on a regularly scheduled day off, an eligible employee shall receive equivalent time off, not to exceed eight hours, or shall accrue excess hours.
(a) If a holiday falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be observed as a holiday.
(b) If a holiday falls on a Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as a holiday.
(3) If an employee is required to work on an observed holiday, the employee shall receive appropriate holiday leave, or shall accrue excess hours.
(4) A new hire shall be in a paid status on or before the holiday in order to receive holiday leave.
(5) A separating employee shall be in a paid status on or after the holiday in order to receive holiday leave.
R477-7-3. Annual Leave.
(1) An eligible employee 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 maximum annual leave accrual rate shall be granted to an employee under the following conditions:
(a) 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.
(3) The accrual rate for an employee rehired to a position which receives leave benefits shall be based on all eligible employment in which the employee accrued leave.
(4) The first eight hours of annual leave used by an employee in the calendar leave year shall be the employee's personal preference day.
(5) Agency management shall allow every employee the option to use annual leave each year for at least the amount accrued in the year, subject to Subsection R477-7-1(5).
(6) Unused accrued annual leave time in excess of 320 hours shall be forfeited during year end processing for each calendar year.
R477-7-4. Sick Leave.
(1) An eligible employee shall accrue sick leave, not to exceed four hours per pay period. Sick leave shall accrue without limit.
(2) Agency management may grant sick leave for preventive health and dental care, maternity, paternity, and adoption care, or for absence from duty because of illness, injury or disability of the employee, a spouse, children, or parents living in the employee's home; or qualifying FMLA purposes.
(3) Agency management may grant exceptions for other unique medical situations.
(4) When management approves the use of sick leave, an employee may use any combination of Program I, Program II, and Program III sick leave.
(5) An employee shall contact management prior to the beginning of the scheduled workday the employee is absent due to illness or injury.
(6) Any application for a grant of sick leave to cover an absence that exceeds three consecutive working days shall be supported by administratively acceptable evidence.
(7) 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.
(8) Unless retiring, an employee separating from state employment shall forfeit any unused sick leave without compensation.
(a) An employee rehired into a benefited position within one year of separation due to a reduction in force shall have forfeited sick leave reinstated to Program I, Program II, and Program III as accrued prior to the reduction in force.
(b) An employee rehired with benefits within one year of separation for reasons other than a reduction in force shall have forfeited sick leave reinstated as Program III sick leave.
(c) An employee who retires from state service and is rehired may not reinstate forfeited sick leave.
R477-7-5. Converted Sick Leave.
(1) An employee may not accrue converted sick leave hours on or after January 3, 2014. Converted sick leave hours accrued before January 3, 2014 can be used for retirement per R477-7-5(6) or cashed out if the employee leaves employment.
(a) Converted sick leave hours accrued prior to January 1, 2006 shall remain Program I converted sick leave hours.
(b) Converted sick leave hours accrued after January 1, 2006 shall remain Program II converted sick leave hours.
(2) An employee may use converted sick leave as annual leave or as regular sick leave.
(3) When management approves the use of converted sick leave, an employee may use any combination of Program I and Program II converted sick leave.
(4) Employees retiring from LTD who have converted sick leave balances still intact may use these hours for the unused converted sick leave retirement program at the time they become eligible for retirement.
(5) Upon retirement, 25% 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 Program II shall be placed in the 401(k) account before hours from Program I.
(b) The remainder shall be used for:
(i) the purchase of health care insurance and life insurance under Subsection R477-7-6(3)(a) if the converted sick leave was accrued in Program I ; or
(ii) a contribution into the employees PEHP health reimbursement account under Subsection R477-7-6(6)(b) if the converted sick leave was accrued in Program II.
(6) Upon retirement, Program I converted sick leave hours may not be suspended or deferred for future use. This includes retired employees who reemploy with the state and choose to suspend their defined benefit payments.
(7) A retired employee who reemploys in a benefited
position with the state after being separated for a continuous year
after the retirement date, and who chooses to suspend pension,
shall have a new benefit calculated on any new Program II converted
sick leave hours accrued for the new period of employment, upon
subsequent retirement. The employee shall be reemployed for at
least two years before receiving this benefit.
R477-7-6. Sick Leave Retirement Benefit.
Upon retirement from active employment, an employee shall receive an unused sick leave retirement benefit under Sections 67-19-14.2 and 67-19-14.4.
(1) An employee in the Tier I retirement system or the Tier II hybrid retirement system shall become eligible for this benefit when actively retiring with Utah Retirement Systems.
(2) An employee in the Tier II defined contribution system shall become eligible when terminating employment on or after the retirement date established by the Utah Retirement Systems. This date reflects service time accrued by the employee as if the employee were in the Tier II hybrid retirement system.
(3)(a) Sick leave hours accrued prior to January 1, 2006 shall be Program I sick leave hours.
(b) Sick leave hours accrued on or after January 1, 2006 shall be Program II sick leave hours.
(4) 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 shall notify all employees at least 60 days before the new fiscal year begins.
(5) An employee in a participating agency shall receive the following benefit provided by the Unused Sick Leave Retirement Options Program I.
(a) 25% of the value of the unused sick leave and converted 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 Program II shall be placed in the 401(k) account before hours from Program I.
(ii) After the 401(k) contribution is made, the remaining Program I sick leave hours and converted sick leave hours from Subsection R477-7-5(5)(b)(i) shall be used to provide the following benefit.
(iii) The purchase of PEHP health insurance, or a state approved program, and life insurance coverage for the employee until the employee 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.
(iv) When the employee becomes eligible for Medicare, a Medicare supplement policy provided by PEHP may be purchased at the rate of eight hours of sick leave or converted sick leave for one month's premium.
(v) When the employee becomes eligible for Medicare, a PEHP health insurance policy, or another state approved policy, may be purchased for a spouse until the spouse is 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.
(vi) 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.
(vii) 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 under Section 67-19-14.3.
(b) Employees retiring from LTD who have sick leave balances still intact may use these hours for the unused sick leave retirement program at the time they become eligible for retirement.
(c) Upon retirement, Program I sick leave hours may not be suspended or deferred for future use. This includes retired employees who reemploy with the state and choose to suspend their defined benefit payments.
(6) An employee shall receive the following benefit provided by the Unused Sick Leave Retirement Option Program II.
(a) 25% of the value of the unused sick leave and 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.
(b) After the 401(k) contribution the remaining sick leave hours and the converted sick leave hours from Subsection R477-7-5(5)(b)(ii) shall be deposited in the employee's PEHP health reimbursement account at the greater of:
(i) the employee's 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.
(c) A retired employee who [
reemploys] in a benefited position with the state [ after being separated for a continuous year after the
retirement date, and who chooses to suspend pension, ]shall have a [ new ]benefit calculated on any [ new ]Program II sick leave hours [ accrued for the new period of employment, upon subsequent
retirement. The employee shall be reemployed for at least two years
before receiving this benefit.]
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 one day per occurrence;
(ii) administrative leave in excess of one day 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) employee education assistance.
(2) An employee shall be granted up to two hours of administrative leave to vote in an official election if the employee has fewer than three total hours off the job between the time the polls open and close, and the employee applies for the leave at least 24 hours in advance.
(a) Management may specify the hours when the employee may be absent.
(3) 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.
(4) With the exception of administrative leave used as a reward, under Subsection R477-7-7(1)(c), the agency head or designee may grant paid administrative leave.
(5) Administrative leave taken shall be documented in the employee's leave record.
R477-7-8. Jury Leave.
(1) An employee is entitled to a leave of absence from a regularly scheduled work day 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 under Section 67-19-31 and Title 67, Chapter 19a; or
(c) serve on a jury.
(2) An employee on jury leave may accrue excess hours in the same pay period during which the jury leave is used.
(3) An employee who is absent in order to litigate in
matters unrelated to state employment shall use eligible accrued
leave or leave without pay.
(4)] An employee choosing to use accrued leave while on jury
duty shall be entitled to keep juror's fees; otherwise,
juror's fees received shall be returned to agency finance or
agency payroll staff for deposit with the State Treasurer.[ The fees shall be deposited as a refund of expenditure in
the unit where the salary is recorded.]
R477-7-9. Bereavement Leave.
An employee may receive a maximum of three work days bereavement leave per occurrence with pay, at management's discretion, following the death of a member of the employee's immediate family. Bereavement leave may not be charged against accrued sick or annual leave.
(1) The immediate family means relatives of the employee or spouse including in-laws, step-relatives, or equivalent relationship as follows:
(e) all levels of grandparents; or
(f) all levels of grandchildren.
R477-7-10. Military Leave.
An employee who is a member of the National Guard or Military Reserves and is on official military orders is entitled to paid military leave not to exceed 120 hours each calendar year, including travel time, under Section 39-3-2.
(1) An employee may not claim salary for nonworking days spent in military training or for traditional weekend training.
(2) An employee may use any combination of military leave, accrued leave or leave without pay under Section R477-7-13.
(a) 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 the employee 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 to which the employee would have been entitled had the employee not been absent due to military service. 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.
R477-7-11. Disaster Relief Volunteer Leave.
(1) An employee may be granted leave from work with pay, by the agency head or designee, for an aggregate of 15 working days in any 12 month period to participate in disaster relief services for a disaster relief organization. To request this leave an employee shall be a certified disaster relief volunteer and file a written request with the employing agency. The request shall include:
(a) a copy of a written request for the employee's services from an official of the disaster relief organization;
(b) the anticipated duration of the absence;
(c) the type of service the employee is to provide; and
(d) the nature and location of the disaster where the employee's services will be provided.
R477-7-12. Organ Donor Leave.
An employee who serves as a bone marrow or human organ donor shall be granted paid leave for the donation and recovery.
(1) An employee who donates bone marrow shall be granted up to seven days of paid leave.
(2) An employee who donates a human organ shall be granted up to 30 days of paid leave.
R477-7-13. Leave of Absence Without Pay.
(1) Excluding leave allowed under state or federal law, an
employee may receive up to four months cumulative leave without pay
in a 24 month period.
(2)] An employee shall apply in writing to agency management
and be approved before taking a leave of absence without pay.
(3)] Leave without pay may be granted only when there is an
expectation that the employee will return to work.
(4)] A leave of absence may not be granted when documentation
from one or more qualified healthcare providers clearly establishes
that the employee has a permanent condition preventing the employee
from returning to the last held regular position unless prohibited
by state or federal law.
(5) After four months cumulative leave without pay in a 24
month period, the employee shall be separated from employment
unless prohibited by state or federal law. Exceptions may be
granted by the agency head in consultation with DHRM.
(6)] An employee who receives no compensation for a complete
pay period shall be responsible for payment of the full premium of
state provided benefits.
(7)] 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.
(8)] Upon request, an employee who is granted this leave
shall provide a monthly return to work status update to the
(1) Agency management may furlough employees as a means of saving salary costs in lieu of or in addition to a reduction in force. Furlough plans are subject to the approval of the agency head and the following conditions:
(a) Furlough hours shall be counted for purposes of annual, sick and holiday leave accrual.
(b) Payment of all state paid benefits shall continue at the agency's expense.
(i) Benefits that have fixed costs shall be paid at the full rate regardless of how many days an employee is furloughed.
(ii) Benefits that are paid as a percentage of actual wages shall continue to be paid as percentage of actual wages if the furlough is less than one pay period. Employees who are furloughed for a full pay period shall have no percentage based benefits paid.
(c) An employee who is furloughed shall continue to pay the employee portion of all benefits. Voluntary benefits shall remain entirely at the employee's expense.
(d) An employee shall return to the current position.
(e) Furlough is applied equitably; e.g., to all persons in a given class, all program staff, or all staff in an organization.
R477-7-15. Family and Medical Leave.
(1) An eligible employee is allowed up to 12 work 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, child, or parent with a serious medical condition.
(f) A qualifying exigency arising as a result of a spouse, son, daughter or parent being on active duty or having been notified of an impending call or order to active duty in the Armed Forces.
(2) An employee is allowed up to 26 work weeks of family and medical leave during a 12 month period to care for a spouse, son, daughter, parent or next of kin who is a recovering service member as defined by the National Defense Authorization Act.
(3) 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 provided the employee pays the employee share of the health insurance premium.
(4) 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.
(5) To be eligible for family and medical leave, the employee shall:
(a) be employed by the state for at least one year;
(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.
(6) To request 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 practicable in emergencies.
(7) An employee with a serious health condition 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 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 shall notify the agency.
(b) If an employee fails to notify the agency under this Subsection, accrued leave will be used to pay the employee's payroll deductions in the following order:
(i) Program III sick leave;
(ii)(A) Compensatory time;
(B) Excess leave; or
(C) Annual leave;
(iii)(A) Converted sick leave;
(B) Program II sick leave; or
(C) Program I sick leave.
(8) An employee who chooses to use FMLA leave shall use FMLA leave for all absences related to that qualifying event.
(9) Any period of leave 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.
(10) An employee with a serious health condition covered under workers' compensation may use FMLA leave concurrently with the workers' compensation benefit.
(11) 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.
(a) 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.
(12) Leave taken for purposes of childbirth, adoption, placement for adoption or foster care may not be taken intermittently or on a reduced leave schedule unless the employee and employer mutually agree.
(13) Medical records created for purposes of FMLA and the Americans with Disabilities Act shall be maintained in accordance with confidentiality requirements of Subsection R477-2-5.
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, wages and workers compensation benefit may 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 the:
(i) employee is declared medically stable by licensed medical authority;
(ii) workers compensation fund terminates the benefit;
(iii) employee has been absent from work for four months in a 24 month period;
(iv) employee refuses to accept appropriate employment offered by the state; or
(v) employee is notified of approval for 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) Workers compensation hours shall be counted for purposes of annual, sick and holiday leave accrual while the employee is receiving a workers compensation time loss benefit for up to six months from the last day worked in the regular position.
(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 an employee has applied for LTD and is approved, and the employee elects to continue health insurance coverage, the employee shall be responsible to pay health insurance pursuant to R477-7-17(1)(b)(i).
(5) If the employee is able to return to work in the employee's regular position, the agency shall place the employee in the previously held position or a similar position at a comparable salary range.
(6) If the employee is unable to return to work in the regular position after four months cumulative leave in a 24 month period, or if documentation from one or more qualified health care providers clearly establishes that the employee has a permanent condition preventing the employee from returning to the last held regular position, the employee shall be separated from state employment unless prohibited by state or federal law. Exceptions may be granted by the agency head in consultation with DHRM.
(7) An employee who files a fraudulent workers compensation claim shall be disciplined under Rule R477-11.
(8) An employee covered under 67-19-27 who is injured in the course of employment shall be given a leave of absence with full pay during the period the employee is temporarily disabled.
(a) the employee shall be placed on administrative leave; and
(b) any compensation received from the state's workers compensation administrator shall be returned to the agency payroll clerks for deposit with the State Treasurer as a refund of expenditure in the unit number where the salary is recorded.
R477-7-17. Long Term Disability Leave.
(1) An employee who has applied for the Long Term Disability Program (LTD) may be granted up to four months cumulative leave in a 24 month period as the result of health conditions, unless documentation from one or more qualified health care providers clearly establishes that the employee has a permanent condition preventing the employee from returning to the last-held regular position.
(a) After four months of cumulative leave in a 24 month period, the employee shall be separated from state employment unless prohibited by state or federal law. Exceptions may be granted by the agency head in consultation with DHRM.
(2) An employee determined eligible for Long Term Disability benefits shall be eligible for health insurance benefits the day after the last day worked or the last day of FMLA leave.
(a) If the employee elects to continue health insurance coverage, the health insurance premiums shall be equal to 102% of the regular active premium beginning on 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. If the employee has a lapse of creditable coverage for more than 62 days, pre-existing condition exclusions shall apply.
(3) Upon approval of the LTD claim:
(a) 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.
(b) The employee shall be paid for remaining balances of annual leave, excess hours, and compensatory hours earned by FLSA non-exempt employees 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. Upon return to work from an approved leave of absence, the employee has the option of buying back annual leave at the current hourly rate.
(c) 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.
(d) An employee who retires from state government directly from LTD may be eligible for health and life insurance under Subsection 67-19-14.
(e) 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 under Subsection 67-19-14.2.
(4) An employee in the Tier I retirement system shall continue to accrue service credit for retirement purposes while receiving long term disability benefits.
(5) Conditions for return from long term disability include:
(a) If an employee provides an administratively acceptable medical release allowing a return to work, 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.
(6) An employee who files a fraudulent long term disability claim shall be disciplined under Rule R477-11.
(7) Long term disability benefits are provided to eligible employees in accordance with 49-21-403.
R477-7-18. Disabled Law Enforcement Officer Amendments.
(1) A law enforcement officer or state correctional officer, as defined in 67-19-27, who is injured in the course of employment, as defined in 67-19-27, shall be given a leave of absence with 100% of the officer's regular monthly salary and benefits, either:
(a) during the period the employee has a temporary disability; or
(b) in the case of a total disability, until the employee is eligible for an unreduced retirement under Title 49 or reaches the retirement age of 62 years, whichever occurs first.
(2) The eligible employee shall disclose to the agency any time-loss benefit amounts received by, or payable to, the employee, from outside sources, as soon as the employee is made aware.
(a) These amounts do not include benefits received from sources in which the employee pays the full premium.
(3) The agency shall apply R477-7-16, workers compensation leave, and R477-7-17, long term disability leave rules first. They then must consider any benefit amounts received under (2). If the total of these benefits is less than 100% of the employee's monthly salary and benefits, the agency shall make arrangements through payroll to pay the employee the difference.
(4) DHRM shall work with the Division of Risk Management, Workers' Compensation, and the Public Employee's Health Program on a periodic and case-by-case basis to assure that eligible employees receive full benefits.
(a) If at any time it is discovered that the employee is receiving less than 100% of their regular monthly salary and benefits, the agency shall make up the difference to the employee.
(5) If an employee discloses other time-loss benefits received under (2) after these additional payments by the agency have been made, the employee shall reimburse the agency for salary and benefits paid in overage.
R477-7-19. Leave Bank.
With the approval of the agency head, agencies may establish a leave bank program.
(1) A leave bank program shall include a policy with the following:
(a) Access to a leave bank is not an employee right and shall be authorized at management discretion.
(b) Any application for a leave bank program shall be supported by administratively acceptable medical documentation.
(c) An approval process that prohibits leave donors, supervisors, managers or management teams from reviewing any employee's medical certifications or physician statements.
(d) An employee may not receive donated leave until all individually accrued leave is exhausted.
(e) Leave shall be accrued if an employee is on sick leave donated from an approved leave bank program.
(f) Employees using donated leave may not work a second job without written consent of the agency head.
(g) Only compensatory time earned by an FLSA nonexempt employee, annual leave, excess hours, and converted sick leave hours may be donated to a leave bank.
(h) Only employees of agencies with approved leave bank programs may donate leave hours to another agency with a leave bank program, if mutually agreed on by both agencies.
(3) All medical records created for the purpose of a leave bank, shall be maintained in accordance with confidentiality requirements of Subsection R477-2-5.
R477-7-20. Policy Exceptions.
The Executive Director, DHRM, may authorize exceptions to this rule consistent with Subsection R477-2-2(1).
KEY: holidays, leave benefits, vacations
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
July 1, 2014]
Notice of Continuation: February 2, 2012
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 34-43-103; 39-3-1; 63G-1-301; 67-19-6; 67-19-12.9; 67-19-14
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