Emery School District
Policy: GECD-Catastrophic Leave
Date Adopted: 7 September 1988
Current Review / Revision: 5 September 2018
The Emery County School District will establish and manage a Catastrophic Leave Pool (the Pool) from which eligible employees may request leave under the conditions and restrictions outlined below.
Contributing Year: Employees who wish to participate in the Pool shall be required to contribute one (I) day (or comparable hours) of their available sick leave to the Pool. This contribution must be made each year during the thirty
- day insurance open enrollment period by submitting the appropriate form to the Payroll
Non-Contributing Year: If the Pool has a substantial balance of days remaining at the end of the academic year, the Committee may agree to suspend the contribution requirements for one year. Any eligible employee who did not participate in the program the previous year but who desires to participate in the bank during the non-contributing year will be required to donate one (I) day or comparable hours to initiate eligibility by submitting the appropriate form to the Payroll Office.
Once membership is established according to the procedures above, it is continuous unless the employee requests to terminate membership by submitting a written request to the Payroll Office. Only employees who have contributed to the Pool are eligible to receive consideration. Employees must have used all vacation leave, all personal leave, and all comp time but may reserve five (5) days of sick leave before they are eligible to draw from the Pool.
The Catastrophic Sick Leave Bank Committee (the Committee) consists of two (2) members of the Emery Education Association, two (2) members of the Emery Classified Association and two (2) members of the Emery Administrators Association, with the Business Administrator serving as one of those members and as facilitator for the committee. At least four (4) committee members with at least one (I) representative from each of the above associations must be present before the committee can take action. The Committee will develop guidelines for determining the granting of leave from the Pool. Under no circumstance will the Committee be allowed to approve leave that exceeds the amount available in the Pool.
All requests to withdraw leave from the Pool are made by submitting an official application.
Only severe, extended illness and catastrophic medical problems of an employee or immediate family member will be considered for leave withdrawals from the Pool. Immediate family member is defined as spouse, son, daughter, father, mother, sister, brother, grandmother, and grandfather. Life-threatening illness or severe accidents requiring extended recovery periods will be given first priority. The Committee will not consider applications for leave due to elective surgery, common colds, the flu, cosmetic procedures, sprains, strains or tears, follow-up appointments or other short term or common conditions, except in cases where critical complications occur.
The Committee will not consider applications for leave from employees during their first 90 days of participation in the Pool.
The Pool will not be used for injuries covered by Workers Compensation insurance or other conditions covered by Disability insurance.
Employees who use more than 8 days of leave from the Pool, and then return to work, must remain in the Pool and donate one day of leave each year for the remainder of their employment, or until they have returned the number of days used. This day of leave will be donated even during non-contributing years, as defined above.
Generally, an employee may be granted a maximum of 90 days of leave from the Pool, per illness or condition. Additional days, up to 30 (for a total of 120 days ofleave, per illness or condition), may be granted if the employee has used an equal or greater number of her/his own sick leave days on the same illness or condition.
The Pool will have a lifetime maximum of 150 days of leave per employee.
In all leave requests, whether for the participating employee or for an immediate family member, the Committee reserves the right to approve, deny, or to approve only a portion of the leave days requested.
The Committee is also authorized to meet and make decisions regarding requests for reinstatement of personal leave days in the event an employee experiences a catastrophic medical condition. This may or may not coincide with an application for catastrophic leave.