An employee who is injured or who becomes ill while on vacation may be paid for sick leave in lieu of vacation provided that the employee:

(1) was hospitalized during the period for which sick leave is claimed, or,

(2) received medical treatment or diagnosis and presents a statement indicating illness or disability signed by a physician covering the period for which sick leave is claimed, or,

(3) was preparing for or attending the funeral of a member of the immediate family.

To have sick leave considered in lieu of vacation the request and substantiation must be provided within 10 days of the employees’ return to work.