149.11  SICK LEAVE.
   (a)   (1)   Effective January 1, 2002, a full-time, permanent hourly employee or annual salaried employee shall accrue 4.6 hours of sick leave for every 80 hours actually worked.
      (2)   Probationary employees shall receive no sick leave during the first ninety (90) days of their probationary period but will receive credit upon expiration of the first ninety (90) days of their probationary period for all time spent as a probationary employee.
      (3)   Sick leave may be utilized on account of illness or injury incapacitating the employee from work and for visits to a physician or dentist without loss of regular time pay, vacation, seniority or other rights or privileges. In addition, sick leave may be utilized to care for a spouse, parent or child on account of the spouse, parent's or child's illness.
   (b)   In the event an employee becomes or continues to be incapacitated from work by reason of illness or injury after his accrued sick leave is used up, the Mayor may grant further sick leave up to a total of ninety calendar days, in addition to the sick leave accrued as herein above provided.
   (c)   The Mayor and Division heads are hereby empowered to take such steps as may be reasonably necessary to prevent improper taking of sick leave. Such steps may include but are not limited to:
      (1)   Requiring from the employee his affidavit that the absence was or is necessary for reasons of health;
      (2)   Requiring that the employee furnish a certificate from a qualified physician stating that working will be or would have been definitely injurious to the employee's health, or that it was or is physically impossible for the employee to perform the duties of his job, or that a spouse, parent or child was in need of the care that was provided by the employee; and
      (3)   Requiring that the employee, at reasonable intervals, submit to  examination by the Commissioner of Health, or by a physician designated by him.
   (d)   In the event that an employee is determined to have taken sick leave without due cause, such leave shall be canceled forthwith and the employee ordered to return to work. In addition to any other penalty permitted by law for improper taking of sick leave, an employee may be deprived of wages for the period of his improper absence or compelled to repay any wages he may have received therefor, and may be penalized by forfeiture of any part or all of his accrued sick leave. From any disciplinary action which may be taken hereunder the employee shall have the same rights to appeal or to obtain review that pertain in event of disciplinary lay off or discharge.
(Ord. 49-01. Passed 11-5-2001.)