(A)   A military leave of absence will be granted to employees who are absent from work because of service in the United States uniformed services in accordance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), 38 U.S.C. §§ 4301 through 4335. This military leave is for a cumulative total of five years, but may be extended in certain cases (war, critical missions). Advanced written or verbal notice of military leave is required, unless military necessity prevents such notice.
   (B)   (1)   The leave is unpaid; however, employees may use any available vacation for this absence.
      (2)   If the leave is less than 31 days, health insurance coverage will be maintained as if the employee was still employed. If the leave is more than 31 days, the employee may elect coverage under COBRA for up to 18 months and will be responsible for his or her own health insurance payments.
   (C)   Employees on military leave for up to 30 days are required to work the first regularly scheduled shift at the end of service. Employees on longer military leave must apply for reinstatement in accordance with USERRA and applicable state laws. Employees returning from military leave will be placed in the position they would have attained had they remained continuously employed or a comparable one depending on the length of military service in accordance with USERRA.
(Res. 2010-23, passed 11-4-2010)