Providing timely disposition of Merit employee grievance and maintenance review classification appeals.
5.1.1 The following days are legal holidays for employees: New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King, Jr. Day; Good Friday; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day: Veterans’ Day; General Election Day; Thanksgiving Day; Day after Thanksgiving; Christmas Day; and Return Day (the second day after the General Election), 3.75 hours for 37.5 hours work week schedule or 4 hours for 40 hour work week schedule for employees who live or work in Sussex County; and any other day or part of proclaimed by the Governor as a holiday.
5.1.2 When a legal holiday falls on a Saturday, the prior business day shall be the legal holiday. When a legal holiday falls on a Sunday, the next business day shall be the legal holiday. (See 4.14.3)
5.2.1 Employees shall accrue annual leave for each month’s completed service according to the following schedules:
5.2.2 All leave requests are subject to agency approval, taking into consideration employee requests, operating requirements and seniority, and shall be answered as soon as practicable. Leave may not be taken in excess of hours earned. Absences for a fraction of an hour shall be rounded up to .25 hour increments except that within the quarter hour, absences of less than 7 minutes shall be rounded down.
5.2.3 Accrual continues during absence from work on a legal holiday; on paid leave (see exceptions 22.214.171.124 & 126.96.36.199); on unpaid leave of 30 days or less; and while receiving a salary supplement pursuant to 29 Del.C. §5933 (workers’ compensation) and while receiving a short-term disability supplement from the State sponsored Disability Insurance program pursuant to 29 Del.C. §5253 (b) (short-term disability.) Accrual is credited to the employee leave account on the first day of the month following accrual. Accrual shall be on a pro-rata basis.
5.2.4 Annual leave credit carried into a new calendar year may not exceed 318 hours (37.5 hours schedule) or 336 hours (40 hour schedule). Agencies may request approval from the DHR Secretary to carry over annual leave in excess of the maximum amount. Upon separation only, employees shall be paid for their accumulated annual leave at their current amount, excluding all supplemental and premiumpays.
5.2.5 Employees covered by practices in effect on or before June 30, 1968, shall continue to earn, accumulate, carry over or be paid at a rate established by those practices, provided they remain in the service of the same employment agency or transfer for reasons beyond their control.
5.2.6 Employees approved for workers’ compensation may request to use accrued annual leave when they are less than fully paid under workers’ compensation. Such leave shall be charged as the difference between workers’ compensation pay and their regular pay.
5.2.7 Employees who move from non-classified to classified positions shall be credited with any annual leave for which they were not paid. Employees whomove from classified to non-classified positions may transfer accrued annual leave to the extent the receiving agency agrees. Such employees shall be paid by the former agency for any annual leave the receiving agency refuses to accept.
5.2.8 If an employee resigns or is terminated for any reason including dismissal, or dies with unused annual leave credit, the employee or his/her estate as applicable, shall be paid in cash for any unused annual leave.
5.2.9 Employees may utilize earned annual leave to supplement short term disability benefits to equal 100% of pre-disability creditable compensation for the maximum period of 182-calendar-days pursuant to 29 Del.C. §5253 (b)(4) (short term disability).
5.3.1 Employees shall accrue sick leave for each completed month’s service at the following rate: 9.5 hours (37.5 hour schedule) 10 hours (40 hour schedule).
5.3.2 Sick leave shall be requested in advance. In instances of unanticipated need to use sick leave, employees must notify their supervisor within the first hour of absence or as soon as practicable or as specified by the agency. Failure to do so or otherwise obtain approval shall result in leave denial. Agencies may require documentation which justifies absences or verifies ability to return to work. Absences for a fraction of an hour shall be rounded up to .25 increments except that within the quarter hour, absences of less than 7 minutes shall be rounded down.
5.3.3 Accrual continues during absence from work on a legal holiday; on paid leave; on unpaid leave of 30 days or less and while receiving a salary supplement pursuant to 29 Del.C. §5933 (workers’ compensation) and while receiving a short-termdisability supplement from the State sponsored Disability Insurance program pursuant to 29 Del.C. §5253 (b) (short-term disability.) Accrual is credited to employee leave accounts on the first day of the month following accrual. Accrual shall be prorated.
5.3.4 Employees shall be paid for accumulated sick leave at their current salary, excluding all supplemental and premium pays, under the following conditions:
5.3.5 Employees covered by practices in effect on or before June 30, 1968, shall earn, accumulate, carry over or be paid at a rate established by those practices, provided they remain in the service of the same agency or transfer for reasons beyond their control.
5.3.6 Upon supervisory approval, which shall not be unreasonably denied, employees may use paid sick leave for the following reasons:
5.3.7 Employees may not take sick leave with pay in excess of the hours actually accrued. In extreme cases, agencies may allow employees with more than 5 years service, who have not abused sick leave, to “borrow ahead” up to 112.5 hours (37.5 hour weekly schedule) or 120 hours (40 hour weekly schedule) of sick leave after their sick and annual leave is exhausted.
5.3.8 Employees who are injured on the job and approved for workers compensation will not be charged with sick leave for any portion of the day of injury.
5.3.9 Employees who move from non-classified to classified positions shall be credited with any sick leave for which they were not paid. Employees who move from classified to non-classified positions shall transfer accrued sick leave to the extent the receiving agency agrees.
5.4.1 Upon the death of an immediate family member, employees shall be granted 22.5 hours (37.5 hour weekly schedule) or 24 hours (40 hour weekly schedule) leave with pay, on a pro-rata basis normally to be used on consecutive work days. Employees may request agency approval for a person not specified as immediate family.
5.4.2 Employees shall be granted 7.5 hours (37.5 hour weekly schedule) or 8 hours (40 hour weekly schedule) leave with pay, on a pro-rata basis to attend memorial services or related activity of the following: aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew; brother/sister-in-law; grandparent-in-law; or any other relative or friend living in the employee’s household.
5.5.1 Employees shall be excused from work with pay for the following reasons:
5.5.2 Employees shall be excused from work with pay for the following reasons: however, they shall return to work within a reasonable time after the conclusion of the following activities. Agencies shall, if possible, make shift changes to accommodate non day shift employees for their involvement in the following:
5.5.3 Employees may be excused from work with pay, at agency discretion, for the following reasons:
5.6.1 Employees shall be granted leaves of absence without pay to serve a tour of active duty in the United States military, plus 90 calendar days beyond the end of active duty. When such employees notify the agency of intent to return to work,with evidence of honorable release from military service, they shall be returned to a position in the same or comparable class for which they qualify.
5.6.2 Employees may be granted leaves of absence without pay at agency discretion for personal reasons up to 1 year. In exceptional circumstances, additional 6 month periods may be granted, but in no case shall continuous leave exceed 2 years. Employees may return to duty before the expiration of the leave only with agency approval. Employees returning from a leave of absence of 6 months or less shall be returned to the duty assignment previously held. Employees returning from a leave of absence greater than 6 months shall be returned to a position in the same class or comparable class when leave was granted.
5.7 Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). FMLA eligible employees will be provided with FMLA leave in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993. Employees shall be required to use available accrued annual leave and sick leave while on FMLA with the exception of one work week of annual leave and one work week of sick leave, which they may elect to retain for use upon return to work. Usage of accrued sick leave shall only be in accordancewith M.R. 5.3. Employees on approved Military Serious Illness/Injury leave shall be eligible for wages under Military Serious Illness/Injury leave only see M.R. 188.8.131.52.
5.8 Educational Leave and Assistance. Agencies may approve educational leave without pay. Upon agency request, the DHR Secretary may approve leave with pay. The purpose of such leave is to permit employees to pursue education or training directly related to State employment which is not available through in-service training.
5.9 The DHR Secretary may grant an agency request for an extended leave of absence to a Classified employee to serve in any nonclassified position described in 29 Del.C. §5903 (4), (5), (6) and (23). At the end of that appointment, employees shall be returned within 60 days to a position for which they are qualified in the Classified Service, provided that the position is the same paygrade or lower as the position from which they left the Classified Service. They may also return to the Classified Service via the competitive process, in which case they would be considered an in-house candidate for the agency from which they originally received their leave of absence. Pay upon return to the Classified Service is set forth in 4.10.