(a)   Sick leave shall be defined as an absence with pay necessitated by:
      (1)   Illness or injury to the employee;
      (2)   Exposure by the employee to a contagious disease, communicable to other employees; or
      (3)   Serious illness, injury or death in the employee's immediate family.
(Ord. 92-O-40, passed 5-18-1992)
   (b)   All full-time employees shall earn sick leave at the rate of four and six-tenths hours for every eighty hours in a paid status and may accumulate such sick leave to an unlimited amount, provided that no full-time employee may earn or accrue more than 120 hours in any calendar year.
   (c)   Any full-time employee who is to be absent on sick leave shall notify his or her supervisor of such absence and the reason therefor at least one hour before the start of his or her work shift each day he or she is to be absent.
(Ord. 98-O-83, passed 1-4-1999)
   (d)   Sick leave may be used in segments of not less than one hour.
   (e)   Before an absence may be charged against accumulated sick leave, the city may require such proof of illness, injury or death as may be satisfactory to the city, or may require the employee to be examined by a physician designated by the city and paid for by the city. In any event, an employee absent for more than three consecutive days may be required to supply a physician's report to be eligible for paid sick leave.
   (f)   If an employee fails to submit adequate proof of illness, injury or death upon request, or if, upon such proof as is submitted or upon the report of medical examination, the city finds that there is not satisfactory evidence of illness, injury or death sufficient to justify the employee's absence, such leave may be an unauthorized leave and shall be without pay.
   (g)   Any abuse or pattern use of sick leave shall be just and sufficient cause for disciplinary action.
   (h)   The city may require an employee who has been absent due to personal illness or injury, prior to and as a condition of his or her return to duty, to be examined by a physician designated and paid for by the city, to establish that the employee is not disabled from the performance of his or her duties and that his or her return to duty will not jeopardize the health and safety of other employees.
(Ord. 92-O-40, passed 5-18-1992)
   (i)   When the use of sick leave is due to illness, injury or death in the immediate family, "immediate family" shall be defined to include the full-time employee's spouse, child, children, step-child or step-children, parent(s), parent(s)-in-law, grandparent(s), brother(s) and sister(s) or any person residing in the employee's household to whom the full-time employee is in loco parentis.
   (j)   Upon the retirement in good standing of a full-time employee who has not less than ten years of continuous full-time employment with the city and who has qualified for retirement from a State Public Employee's Retirement System, such full-time employee shall be entitled to receive a cash payment equal to his or her hourly rate of pay at the time of retirement, multiplied by one-fourth of the total number of accumulated but unused sick hours earned by the employee, as certified by the Finance Director of the city; provided that, such resulting number of hours to be paid shall not exceed 240 hours.
(Ord. 98-O-83, passed 1-4-1999)