Employees on leaves of absence without pay for more than two (2) biweekly pay periods shall not be entitled to payment of the County’s portion of the premiums for the health, dental, life, or long-term disability insurance, except as provided hereinafter. The entitlement to payment of the County’s portion of the premiums shall end on the last day of two (2) full biweekly pay periods in which the employee was absent. An employee who is granted a leave of absence without pay for reasons of the employee’s illness or accident shall be entitled to two (2) biweekly pay periods of the County’s portion of the insurance premiums for each year of County service, or major fraction thereof, up to a maximum of twenty-six (26) biweekly pay periods payment of premiums.
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