§ 36.021  LEAVE OF ABSENCE.
   (A)   Sick leave.  Eligible employees (full-time and permanent part-time) may be entitled to receive sick leave with pay during periods of illness and excused absence.
      (1)   Sick leave will accumulate at the rate of one day for each month of creditable service, up to a maximum of 90 days, but employees shall not use sick leave until after six months of continuous employment.
      (2)   If an employee who claims sickness leave pay has been absent for three consecutive working days, he or she shall furnish, at the employer’s request, proof of his or her sickness or disability to the employer. Recurring absence of less than three consecutive working days without a doctor’s certificate, shall be cause for loss of pay for those days or discharge.
      (3)   When an employee returns to work he or she will be required to complete a “leave of absence” form which must be signed by the department head to approve the absence; the form shall then be filed in the personnel file. One-half of accumulated sickness leave shall be payable on retirement, death or permanent disability. To retire, a person must have attained age 60 or have 20 years service.
      (4)   The County Board hereby grants to all county employees elected or appointed to county office a deferral of compensation for accrued sick days upon the request of the employee/county officer until separation from the county.
   (B)   Bereavement leave.  An employee may take a bereavement leave of absence which shall not affect his or her seniority, up to a maximum of three days (which may be extended to five days, depending on distance to travel) caused by a death in the immediate family or the spouse’s family. If the employee has been employed by the employer for at least one year, he or she shall be paid his or her regular base rate of pay for each working day while he or she is on bereavement leave. The immediate family shall include spouse, mother, father, child, sister, brother, spouse’s family and grandparents.
   (C)   Personal leave.  An employee may take three days personal leave each year, subject to the approval of the county officer or department head. At the beginning of each fiscal year, each employee shall be credited with three days of leave to be used for the employee’s personal business.
      (1)   A personal leave day may be used for any purpose, excluding recreational purposes, at the discretion of the employee; however, use of any personal leave day on a day adjacent to a holiday shall not be allowed. An employee planning to use a personal leave day shall notify his or her supervisor at least 24 hours in advance, except in cases of emergency. The employee shall suffer no loss of pay for the leave.
      (2)   Personal leave days may not be applied to scheduled vacation days, may not be accrued from year to year, and may not be used for other employment.
(1980 Code, § 36.16)  (Sup. Rec. Bk.   , p. 181, adopted 4-24-1974; Res. 94-23, adopted 1-20-1994)