(A)   Duration. Leave of absence must be requested in writing and may be granted to employees with the written approval of the Mayor. Leave of absence may be granted for a period of up to six months and will be unpaid.
   (B)   Cessation of benefits. During a leave of absence, the employee may retain his or her group insurance policy, but it will be the responsibility of the employee to pay the full group rate after 90 days, plus 2% to cover administration costs. During the leave, the employee will not accrue time, nor will he or she be eligible for any other benefit set out herein. The employee is covered under health benefits for the first 90 days of leave.
   (C)   Notification.
      (1)   An employee on an approved leave should notify the Mayor of his or her intent to return at least two weeks in advance. The city will make every effort to place the employee in a job substantially the same in pay and duties as the one vacated at the time the leave began.
      (2)   However, there is no guarantee of return to the exact job vacated.
      (3)   The returning employee will be considered for open positions available at the time of return, but will not be eligible to displace any other employee.
      (4)   Failure to report for work assignment at the designated return date specified will result in termination unless an extension is requested and granted by the Mayor.
(Prior Code, § 32.21) (Ord. G-98-11, passed 9-8-1998; Ord. G-09-01, passed 2-10-2009)