16.1.            Application

If a worker’s position is abolished and they are unable to displace another County worker as provided in Section 15, they shall receive reimbursement of one week of pay for each full year (2080 hours) of regular service to the County, and, 50% of the cash value of their unused sick leave; provided, however that such worker shall be eligible for reimbursement only if they remain in the service of the County until their services are no longer required by the department head. The County shall make every effort to secure comparable employment for the displaced worker in other agencies. If such employment is secured, the worker will not be entitled to the aforementioned reimbursement.

Severance pay as described in Section 16.1 shall not be denied because a worker refuses to take a position requiring 29 hours or less work per week.

16.2.            Health Benefits Following Layoff

The County will pay the County premium for nine (9) months of medical coverage only for workers who are laid off. This coverage is contingent on the following conditions;

  1. The worker has not refused a County job offer.
  2. The worker is unemployed.
  3. The worker continues to pay their share of the premium.

16.3.            Educational Stipend

If a worker is laid off and not reemployed by the County through a transfer, demotion, or displacement of another employee, the County will pay up to four thousand dollars ($4,000) for tuition or fees in payment for accredited courses or training taken within twelve (12) months of layoff, and taken for the purpose of finding new employment. The administration of this new benefit will be determined by mutual agreement between the County and the Union.