Sick Leave

Use of Sick Leave

Sick leave is to be used when you are unable to perform work duties due to illness, injury, pregnancy, necessity for medical or dental care, exposure to contagious disease or to care for your immediate family. Sick leave may also be used under the provision of parental leave.

Unless defined differently in a collective bargaining agreement, immediate family is defined as spouse or domestic partner, and the parents, children, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, of the employee, spouse or domestic partner. For exceptional circumstances, in relationships other than those stated above, sick leave may be granted by the department director.

Sick Leave Accrual

Regular status, full-time employees accrue sick leave at the rate of eight (8) hours per month beginning with the first pay period of the month after the first full calendar month of employment. Part-time employees and job share employees accrue sick leave at a prorated portion of eight (8) hours per month based on their hours worked in each pay period. Temporary and Seasonal employees shall accrue sick leave at the rate of one (1) hour per thirty (30) hours worked. Earned sick leave may be used as it is accrued. Sick leave hours paid during any work week will be paid at a straight time rate and those hours will not be considered in computing overtime hours worked in that week.

Procedures Governing Sick Leave

You must notify the appointing authority or your immediate supervisor of an illness or injury on the first day of absence. Failure to do so may result in the denial to use sick leave with pay. The supervisor may require you to furnish a certificate issued by a licensed physician or practitioner documenting proof of illness or injury. Proven abuse of sick leave shall be cause for disciplinary action. Unused sick leave shall not be payable upon layoff or separation of employment from the County, but will be reported to the PERS/OPSRP retirement system.