Personnel and Employment Part 3
Policies Personnel and Employment Part 3
An employee who is absent from work during his or her scheduled working hours shall have the appropriate leave account charged for the hours absent. The employee shall make written request to his or her supervisor for the type of leave desired and or taken.
Full-time curriculum faculty below the Division Chairperson level employed on or after July 1, 1992 will not accrue annual leave. Curriculum faculty employed full-time prior to that day were permitted to elect to accrue or not to accrue annual leave. Should job assignments change: i.e., from curriculum teaching to chairperson, administrative, or non-curriculum teaching, the employee would be changed from non-accrual to accrual; OR from administrative, etc. to full-time curriculum teaching, employee would elect to either continue accrual (if employed before July 1, 1992) or non-accrual.
For faculty employed on a non-accrual annual leave basis, non-work days shall consist of all days that College classes are not in session, except those days required for registration, faculty and/or student orientation, graduation programs, and other officially designated work days. All other instructional faculty and full-time regular employees who are working or on paid leave for one-half or more of the regularly scheduled workdays in any month earn annual leave at a rate based on the years of creditable service as indicated in the following table.
Years of state service in the above table shall include:
YEARS OF STATE
|Less than 5||
Years of state service in the above table shall include:
- All regular employment, if at least half-time, with Catawba Valley Community College (those persons contracted to work 9, 10, or 11 months will be credited for "a year" of CVCC service); and
- All regular employment, if at least half time, with the North Carolina Community College System (at the state and/or local level), and all prior, verifiable, NC State Service, effective July 1, 2006.
Full-time personnel may accumulate leave time up to 240 hours. On June 30 any employee with more than 240 hours of accumulated leave shall have the excess accumulation transferred to sick leave so that only 240 hours are carried forward to July 1 of the next fiscal year. (This was effective commencing with the annual leave balance on June 30, 1993). When an employee leaves or retires from CVCC, the employee will receive payment for a maximum of 240 hours or the lesser part thereof of annual leave that the employee has earned.
CVCC does not accept any accumulated annual leave (transfers of annual leave), which includes Bonus Annual Leave, effective July 1, 2006.
New employees may be granted leave only as it is earned through the first six months of full-time service. After six months, employees may be advanced that amount of leave which they would earn during the remainder of the fiscal year. An employee may be advanced annual leave not to exceed the amount the employee can earn during the current fiscal year or the difference between the amount of accumulated leave carried forward and the maximum allowable. The President shall make the determination as to the allowance of annual leave advancement prior to granting such leave.
Employees, including those on non-accrual, must make written request for annual leave. CVCC may schedule the days an employee is to use annual leave. The minimum amount of annual leave which may be taken is one-half hour, effective July 1, 2006. Only scheduled work hours or days shall be charged in calculating the amount of leave taken. Saturdays, Sundays, and/or holidays are charged only if they are scheduled workdays. If an employee is on annual leave when weather or other conditions result in closing of CVCC, the employee will not be charged with the use of annual leave.
Annual leave may be used for medical appointments. Annual leave may be used in lieu of sick leave after all sick leave is exhausted.
Annual leave shall be used when an employee is absent due to adverse weather and his/her scheduled work hours were not officially canceled as a result of CVCC/campus officially closing as a result of such adverse weather.
Lump-sum payment for annual leave is made only at the time of separation. An employee shall be paid in a lump sum for accumulated leave not to exceed a maximum of 240 hours when he/she is separated from institutional service. Such accumulated leave shall be termed "Terminal Leave."
CVCC's part-time employees do not earn annual leave.
All full-time employees will be granted up to four non-accumulative personal leave days per fiscal year to cover leave which is not defined under sick or vacation leave policies.
A full-time regular employee who is scheduled to work 40 hours per week and is working or on paid leave for one-half or more of the regularly scheduled workdays in any month shall earn sick leave computed at the following rates:
|1 - 8 hour day||
Since some CVCC employees work less than a 40-hour week, it is the intent of this policy to grant 96 hours sick leave for 12-month employees. Sick leave is cumulative. Sick leave is non-transferable to any other type of leave.
Prior to approving sick leave, CVCC may require a statement from a medical doctor or other acceptable proof that the employee was unable to work. Sick leave may be granted for:
- Illness or injury which prevents an employee from performing his/her usual duties;
- Illness of a member of the employee's immediate family (for this purpose, immediate family is defined as spouse, parents, children [including step relationships] and other dependents living in the household);
- A maximum of three days in case of death in the employee's immediate family;
- Medical appointments;
- Quarantine due to a contagious disease in the employee's immediate family; or
- The actual period of temporary disability connected with childbearing.
The minimum amount of sick leave which may be taken is one-half-hour, effective July 1, 2006. Only scheduled work hours or days shall be charged in calculating the amount of leave taken. Saturdays and/or Sundays are charged if they are scheduled workdays.
Sick leave shall be exhausted before going on leave without pay because of extended illness. While sick leave is being exhausted, all benefits for which the employee is entitled shall be earned.
The President may advance sick leave not to exceed the amount of days an employee can earn during the current fiscal year. Approval shall be obtained prior to the use of such advancement. Should employees be separated before they have earned all of the sick leave taken, it will be necessary to make deductions from their final salary check for overdrawn leave on a day-for-day basis.
Employees subject to the NC State Personnel Act may transfer sick leave (or any portion of sick leave) from a NC State agency to a public school, community college, or technical institute; and a public school, community college, or technical institute employee may transfer sick leave to a NC State agency if employed in a position that is subject to the NC State Personnel Act when such transfer is deemed acceptable by the head of the employing agency or the local school administrative unit, community college, or technical institute.
Employees who transfer from a public school, community college, or a technical institute to a community college or technical institute may be credited with any sick leave which they had at the termination of employment with the public school, community college, technical institute, or NC State agency provided their employment was continuous and provided that such transfer is deemed acceptable by the school's president. Employment will be considered continuous if a public school, community college, or technical institute employee accepts other employment with a NC State agency, public school, community college, or technical institute any time after the end of the academic year or before the beginning of the next academic year.
Employees separated because of a reduction in force shall be credited with accrued sick leave if reinstated within one year. Employees granted leave without pay shall be credited with accrued sick leave if reinstated before the termination date of such leave. If employees are separated for other reasons and are reinstated within one year from the date of his/her last workday, the employing institution may consider reinstatement of sick leave credits accumulated at the time of separation.
Employees may not be paid for unused sick leave when they retire or otherwise separate from the College.
CVCC's part-time employees do not earn sick leave.
An employee may use a maximum of three days sick leave when there is a death in the immediate family. Leave exceeding this must be charged to annual leave or leave without pay. Immediate family is defined as wife, husband, mother, father, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandmother, grandfather, grandson, granddaughter, step-mother, and step-father.
In accordance with the CVCC's policy on Equal Opportunity, female employees shall not be penalized in their condition of employment because they require time away from work caused by or contributed to by pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, childbirth, and recovery.
Disabilities caused or contributed to by pregnancy, miscarriage, abortion, childbirth, and recovery are, for all job-related purposes, temporary disabilities and must be treated as such under any health or temporary disability insurance or sick leave plan available in connection with employment. Employment policies and practices involving matters such as the commencement and duration of leave, the availability of extensions, the accrual of benefits and privileges, reinstatement, and payment under any health or temporary disability insurance or sick leave plan, formal or informal, shall be applied to disability due to pregnancy or childbirth on the same terms and conditions as they are applied to other temporary disabilities.
Sick leave can be used for maternity purposes for the period of actual disability as a result of childbearing and recovery. A doctor's certification will be required verifying the employee's disability.
An employee going on leave without pay for another purpose, such as illness, is allowed to exhaust accumulated annual leave. To prevent discrimination, employees going on maternity leave will be permitted to exhaust accumulated annual leave and thus gain the benefits being accorded other types of leave without pay.
Maternity leave, normally not to exceed 3 months, shall be granted regular employees. Limitation of employment before childbirth is prohibited. However, based on the type and nature of work performed, CVCC shall be responsible for determining, in consultation with the employee and upon advice she has received from her physician, how far into pregnancy she may continue to work before going on leave. Her return to work should be within a reasonable length of time, depending upon the advice of her physician. Reinstatement to the same position or one of like status and pay must be made upon the employee's return to work.
The employee shall apply in writing to her supervisor for leave. The supervisor shall forward this request to the president or designee representative with a recommendation for action. The employee is obligated to return to duty within or at the end of the time determined appropriate by this joint institution decision. If she does not return to work, she should notify CVCC immediately. Failure to report at the expiration of a leave of absence, unless an extension has been requested, may be considered a resignation.
The employee will continue to earn sick and annual leave during periods of paid leave.
Employees may request and, when approved, take leave without pay. When such leave is taken, a pro-rata deduction will be made from the monthly salary. The deduction will be the ratio of the number of leave days taken to the number of scheduled working days, including qualified holidays, in the month the leave is taken. Annual leave must be exhausted before going on leave without pay.
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 was passed by Congress to balance the demands of the workplace with the needs of families, to promote the stability and economic security of families, and to promote national interests in preserving family integrity; to minimize the potential for employment discrimination on the basis of sex by ensuring generally that leave is available for eligible medical reasons (including maternity-related disability) and for compelling family reasons; and to promote the goal of equal employment opportunity for women and men. CVCC grants leave in accordance with this Act.
When employees serve on a jury, they are entitled leave with pay for the period of absence required. They are entitled to regular compensation plus fees received for jury duty.
When employees attend court in connection with official CVCC duties, no leave is required. (When employees are required to attend court on a day that they would normally be off, the time is to be considered as working time and included in the total hours worked per week.)
When employees are subpoenaed or directed by proper authority to appear as a witness, they shall be granted civil leave with pay.
The term "educational leave" refers to the release from duties or time normally required of a full time employee in carrying out the full load of responsibilities assigned to further his education. Educational leave may be granted if the following criteria are met:
- The employee is employed full time on a 9, 10, 11, or 12 month basis;
- The employee shall be under contract to the college for the next fiscal year;
- Educational leave shall not exceed one semester per fiscal year; and
- An employee who fails to honor the contract required in #2 above shall be required to repay the amount expended for educational leave. If the employee fulfills a portion of the contract before failing to honor the contract, repayment shall be on a pro-rata basis (e.g. if an employee works 4 months of a 12 month contract, a repayment of 66.7% would be required).
Educational leave shall be approved by the President and the Board of Trustees.
The rules concerning military leave, codified as Title 25, Subchapter 1E, Section .0800, are hereby incorporated by reference including any subsequent amendments and editions of these rules.
The voluntary shared leave policy allows an employee to assist another state employee affected by a personal or immediate family member's medical condition that requires absence from work for a prolonged period of time.
In accordance with North Carolina General Statute G.S. § 115D-25.3, and subsection (c) of 1C SBCCC 200.94 of the State Board of Community Colleges Code, the Voluntary Shared Leave Policy allows any employee at a community college to share leave voluntarily with an immediate family member who is an employee of a community college, public school, or State agency; and with a coworker's immediate family member who is an employee of a community college, public school, or State agency. For the purposes of this section, the term "immediate family member" means a spouse, parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent, or grandchild. The term includes the step, half, and in-law relationships. The term "coworker" means that the employee donating the leave is employed by the same agency, department, institution, university, local school administrative unit, or community college as the employee whose immediate family member is receiving the leave.
The Voluntary Shared Leave policy also allows any employee at a community college to share leave voluntarily with a nonfamily member who is an employee of a community college. A community college employee who donates sick leave to a community college employee who is a nonfamily member shall not donate more than five days of sick leave per year to any one nonfamily community college employee. The combined total of sick leave donated to a community college employee from nonfamily community college employee donors shall not exceed 20 days per year. Donated sick leave shall not be used for retirement purposes and community college employees who donate sick leave shall be notified in writing of the consequences of donating sick leave in regard to State retirement system service credit.
Further information regarding Applying for Voluntary Shared Leave and Donor Guidelines may be obtained from the Voluntary Shared Leave Procedure, and from the personnel office.
The College recognizes situations in which designated employees may benefit from variations to traditional work schedules, or the ability of an employee to work from alternate work locations for all or part of the workweek. In accordance with North Carolina General Statute G.S. § 126-1, in applying the best methods of personnel administration as evolved in business and industry, the college has adopted the following guidelines for flexible work arrangements. The following guidance is provided to help define employees of the college who may be eligible to participate, and best practices for supervisors in an effort to ensure fair and consistent administration of flexible work arrangements.
A flexible work arrangement is not a universal employee benefit; rather, it is an alternative method of meeting the business needs of the College while offering flexibility to employees. It is important to note that not every position at the College may lend itself to a flexible work arrangement, nor may every proposed arrangement be granted. Additionally, supervisors and employees are responsible for ensuring accountability in regards to ensuring that the operational needs of the department or college are met, and to maintain a high level of discretion related to maintaining public trust as state employees, and special consideration for adherence to policies related to leave administration and applicable state and federal benefits associated to employment.
Requests for Flexible Work Arrangements will be submitted by an employee’s immediate supervisor to the Office of Human Resources. Upon review and recommendation by the Human Resources Office, Flexible Work Arrangement agreements will require review and approval from an employee’s supervisor, appropriate Dean, Vice President, and President of the College.
Full-time and part-time (half-time or more) permanent, and time-limited employees are eligible to participate in this program.
Temporary, intermittent, and part-time (less than half-time) are not eligible to participate in the program.
It is mandatory that all full-time staff members be enrolled in the State Employees' Retirement System. Six percent of annual salary shall be deducted for retirement purposes.
At the conclusion of a five-year period of employment, an employee will have vested right to retirement benefits. In the event that an employee desires to terminate employment at CVCC, a formal request may be made to the State Retirement System for information regarding contributions to date. Normally, a 90-day period for refund can be expected. Additional information concerning the State Retirement System may be obtained from the Personnel Office, from the State Retirement System Office, or from the Retirement Benefits Manual.
Full-time employees are enrolled in the Disability Income Plan of North Carolina. This plan provides both short-term and long-term disability income benefits. Further information regarding plan requirements and benefits may be obtained from the Personnel Office or from the Retirement Benefits Manual (see the Disability Income Plan of North Carolina section).
The Retirement System provides a death benefit under certain circumstances. Further information regarding plan requirements and benefits may be obtained from the Personnel Office or from the Retirement Benefits Manual (see the Death Benefit section).
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