Code No.: 409.6
LICENSED EMPLOYEE – PERSONAL ILLNESS LEAVE
Licensed employees will be granted fifteen days of sick leave in their first year of employment. “Day” is defined as one work day regardless of full-time or part-time status of the employee. A new employee will report for work at least one full work day prior to receiving sick leave benefits. A currently working employee will be granted the appropriate number of days at the beginning of each fiscal year.
Sick leave may be accumulated up to a maximum of 150 days for licensed employees.
Evidence may be required regarding the mental or physical health of the employee when the administration has a concern about the employee’s health. Evidence may also be required to confirm the employee’s illness, the need for the illness leave, the employee’s ability to return to work, and the employee’s capability to perform the duties of the employee’s position. It is within the discretion of the board or the
superintendent to determine the type and amount of evidence necessary. When an illness leave will be greater than three consecutive days, the employee will comply with the board policy regarding family and medical leave.
An employee who has a health condition which may require an absence for more than five (5) consecutive days shall inform his/her immediate supervisor as soon as practical so arrangements may be made for an effective transition of responsibilities to a qualified substitute. The employee shall return to work as soon as the attending doctor determines the individual is capable of performing his/her assigned duties.
Should the personal illness occur after or extend beyond the employee’s usage of his/her accumulated allowance, the employee may make a request to the Board to be placed on a leave of absence without pay.
The requirements stated in the Master Contract between employees in the certified collective bargaining unit and the board regarding the personal illness leave of such employees will be followed.
Whitney v. Rural Ind. School District, 232 Iowa 61, 4 N.W.2d 394 (1942).
29 U.S.C. §§ 2601 et seq. (2012)
29 C.F.R. Pt. 825 (2012).
Iowa Code §§ 20; 85.33, .34, .38(3); 216; 279.40 (2013).
1980 Op. Att’y Gen. 605.
1972 Op. Att’y Gen. 177, 353.
1952 Op. Att’y Gen. 91.