AFSCME: 19.9 Catastrophic Leave

Leave credits may be transferred from one or more donating employees to another receiving employee under the following conditions:

  • The receiving employee is a permanent full or part-time employee whose participation has been approved by his/her department head;
  • The receiving employee or the receiving employee’s spouse/domestic partner or direct family member has sustained a life threatening or debilitating illness, injury or condition. (The Department Head may require that the condition be confirmed by a doctor’s report);
  • The receiving employee has or will have exhausted all paid time off;
  • The receiving employee must be prevented from returning to work for at least 30 days and must have applied for a medical leave of absence.

Transferring Time

Vacation and holiday time may be transferred by employees in all work groups. Compensatory time may be transferred by employees in work groups 1, 2, 4, and 5.

Sick leave may be transferred at the rate of one (1) hour of sick leave for every four (4) hours of other time (i.e., holiday, vacation, MOT or compensatory time).

Donated time will be converted from the type of leave given to sick leave and credited to the receiving employee’s sick leave balance on an hour-for-hour basis and shall be paid at the rate of pay of the receiving employee.

Donations must be a minimum of eight hours and thereafter in whole hour increments.

The total leave credits received by the employee shall normally not exceed three months; however, if approved by the department head, the total leave credits received may be up to a maximum of one year.

Donations approved shall be made on a Catastrophic Leave Time Grant form signed by the donating employee and approved by the receiving employee’s department head. Once posted, these donations are irrevocable except in the event of the untimely death of a Catastrophic Leave recipient. In that event, any excess leave will be returned to donating employees on a last in‑first out basis (i.e., excess leave would be returned to the last employee(s) to have donated).

Appeal Rights

Employees denied participation in the program by the department head may appeal the decision to the Human Resources Director and the County Manager whose decision shall be final.