Ariz. Admin. Code § 2-5A-B603

Current through Register Vol. 27, No. 14, April 2, 2021
Section R2-5A-B603 - Sick Leave
A. Definition. "Sick leave" is any approved period of paid absence granted an employee due to:
1. Illness or injury that renders the employee unable to perform the duties of the employee's position.
2. Disability of the employee that is caused by pregnancy, childbirth, miscarriage, or abortion.
3. Examination or treatment of the employee by a licensed health care practitioner.
4. Illness, injury, disability caused by pregnancy or childbirth, or examination or treatment by a licensed health care practitioner of an employee's spouse, dependent child, or parent. Sick leave granted for this purpose shall be charged to the employee's sick leave account and shall not exceed 40 hours per calendar year. For the purposes of this Section:
a. The term "dependent child" means a natural child, an adopted child, a foster child, or a stepchild, more than one-half of whose support is received from the employee.
b. The term "parent" means a birth parent, adoptive parent, stepparent, foster parent, grandparent, parent-in-law, or an individual who stood "in loco parentis."
B. Accrual.
1. All state employees, except temporary and part-time employees, shall accrue sick leave at the rate of 3.70 hours bi-weekly.
2. Temporary employees shall not accrue sick leave.
3. Part-time employees who:
a. Work 1/4 time, 1/2 time, or 3/4 time shall accrue a proportional amount of sick leave;
b. Work a percentage of full-time other than 1/4 time, 1/2 time, or 3/4 time will accrue sick leave at the next lower rate;
c. Work less than 1/4 time shall not accrue sick leave.
4. Except as provided by R2-5A-D602 for an employee on industrial leave, an eligible employee accrues sick leave each bi-weekly pay period if the employee has been in a pay status for at least one-half of the employee's scheduled work hours in that pay period or month.
5. A sick leave accrual is credited on the last day of the bi-weekly pay period or month in which the accrual is earned and is available for use on the first day of the following pay period or month. An employee who is separating from state employment accrues leave through the employee's last date of employment for the purpose of determining the employee's accumulated sick leave at the time of the employee's separation pursuant to subsection (F).
C. Accumulation. Sick leave accumulates without limit.
D. Use of sick leave.
1. Sick leave may be taken when approved by the agency head.
2. The agency head may require submission of evidence substantiating the need for sick leave. If the agency head determines the evidence is inadequate, the absence shall be charged to another category of leave or considered absence without leave.
3. An agency head may require an employee to be examined by a licensed health care practitioner designated by the agency head.
a. If the licensed health care practitioner determines that the employee should not work due to illness or injury, the agency head may place the employee on sick leave or, if the employee's sick leave is exhausted, charge the absence to another category of leave or leave without pay.
b. The agency head may require the employee to obtain approval from the licensed health care practitioner before returning to work.
c. The agency shall pay for all examinations required pursuant to this subsection. The employee shall not be charged any leave while participating in or traveling to or from any examination required pursuant to this subsection.
E. Movement to another state agency. An employee who moves to another state agency shall transfer all accumulated and unused sick leave to the employee's sick leave account in the new state agency.
F. Separation. All sick leave credits are forfeited upon separation from state employment except as provided in A.R.S. § 38-615 or otherwise provided by law. However, an employee who returns to state employment within two years after separation shall be credited with all unused sick leave accumulated at the time of separation if the employee was not paid for accumulated sick leave pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-615.

Ariz. Admin. Code § R2-5A-B603

Section made by exempt rulemaking at 18 A.A.R. 2782, effective September 29, 2012 (Supp. 12-4).