15.5 Leave of Absence Without Pay
(1) Granting of Leaves of Absence Without Pay: An appointing authority may grant leaves of absence without pay for personal reasons up to a maximum of 2 biweekly pay periods.
(2) Leaves of Absence Without Pay for Non-Job Incurred Illness or Injury: Leaves of absence on account of illness or injury which are not job incurred may be granted for a maximum of 26 full biweekly pay periods encompassing use of accrued paid leave and approved unpaid leave once accrued leave is exhausted, except as required by law. This includes disabilities caused or contributed to by pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, childbirth, and recovery therefrom. All accrued sick leave credits must be used before going into an unpaid leave status. Such leaves must be substantiated by a physician’s statement.
(3) Leaves of Absence Without Pay for Personal Reasons: Leaves of absence on account of personal reasons may be grant¬ed for a maximum period of 13 full biweekly pay peri¬ods encompassing use of accrued paid leave and approved unpaid leave once accrued leave is exhausted. Such leaves shall only be granted after all accrued vacat-ion and holiday credits have been used; however, a worker may request in case of personal emergency, including an emergency relating to the non disability portion of maternity leave, that one week’s vacation be retained. The decision of the Human Resources Director shall be final.
(4) Parental Leave: Employees/parents of either sex may be granted a leave of absence without pay for the purpose of fulfilling parenting responsibilities during the period of one year following the child’s birth, or one year following the filing of application for adoption and actual arrival of child in the home. Such leave shall be for maximum period of thirteen biweekly pay periods. Use of accrued vacation, sick, comp time or holiday credits shall not be a pre condition for the granting of such parental leave.