(a) The Mayor, upon the favorable recommendation of a panel consisting of the Personnel Director, the President of Council and the department head of the affected employee, may authorize the advancement of additional sick leave days in cases where an employee's accrued sick leave has been fully absorbed by a prolonged temporary illness or injury.
   (b)   Factors to be considered by the panel in making its recommendation shall include the following:
      (1)   The employee's length of service;
      (2)   The employee's sick leave record;
      (3)   The employee's record of employment; and
      (4)   The likelihood that the advanced days will be repaid by way of future accumulated days and/or secured.
   (c)    In cases when additional sick days are authorized, the Mayor shall notify the Director of Law to secure the repayment of the days advanced by obtaining from the employee any and all documents, notes and securities deemed necessary by the Director of Law to secure the repayment, including, but not limited to, the following:
      (1)   A note and mortgage;
      (2)   Co-signatures on the note, where the employee lacks adequate security; and
      (3)   Assignment of future P.E.R.S. benefits. (Ord. 1976-70. Passed 10-12-76.)