May 30, 1997
Present — Denman, P.J., Pine, Callahan, Balio and Fallon, JJ.
Judgment unanimously affirmed with costs. Memorandum: Respondent appeals from a judgment annulling its termination of petitioner from her civil service position as clerk for the Department of Motor Vehicles, ordering respondent to reinstate petitioner to her job, and awarding petitioner back pay and benefits retroactive to August 28, 1995. The basis for respondent's termination of petitioner was that she failed to return to work within one year after being placed on workers' compensation leave.
Supreme Court properly annulled the termination of petitioner from her employment. The record establishes that respondent failed to notify petitioner, upon her commencement of leave, concerning the duration of such leave and its effect on her employment. In particular, respondent failed to notify petitioner that she would be terminated if she failed to return to work within one year. Respondent's failure to give such notice violated 4 NYCRR 5.9(b) and 21.8(a)(2), as well as the requirements of due process ( cf., Matter of Hurwitz v Perales, 81 N.Y.2d 182, 186-187, rearg denied 82 N.Y.2d 706, cert denied 510 U.S. 992; Matter of Prue v. Hunt, 78 N.Y.2d 364, 366, 369-370, citing Cleveland Bd. of Educ. v. Loudermill, 470 U.S. 532). We reject respondent's contention that Niagara County Civil Service Commission Rule XIX renders notice to the employee unnecessary. (Appeal from Judgment of Supreme Court, Niagara County, Rath, Jr., J. — CPLR art 78.)