Educational leave of absence with pay may be granted to employees under the conditions specified in this Section. In order to be granted educational leave of absence with pay an employee must submit on the prescribed form a request to the appointing authority containing all information required to evaluate the request.

The County may, after approval of an employee’s application, grant a leave of absence with pay for a maximum of sixty-five (65) working days during any fifty-two (52) biweekly pay periods for the purpose of attending a formal training or educational course of study. Eligibility for such leaves will be limited to employees with at least thirteen (13) biweekly pay periods of continuous service and who are not extra-help, temporary or seasonal. Such leaves will be granted only in cases where there is a reasonable expectation that the employee’s work performance or value to the County will be enhanced as a result of the course of study. Courses taken as part of a program of study for a college undergraduate or graduate degree will be evaluated individually for job relatedness under the above described criteria. The employees must agree in writing to continue working for the County for at least the following minimum periods of time after expiration of the leave of absence:

Length of Leave of Absence                           Period of Obligated Employment

44 to 65 workdays                                           52 biweekly pay periods

22 to 43 workdays                                           26 biweekly pay periods

6 to 21 workdays                                            13 biweekly pay periods

Additional provisions to educational leave for Licensed Vocational Nurses shall be found in Exhibit E.