[Adopted 2-7-2000 by Ord. No. 1316]
All full-time and regular part-time employees shall be granted a maximum of 15 nonoccupational sick days per calendar year at the employee's normal straight-time pay for normally scheduled hours.
Sick days shall credited to employees on January 1 of each year. Employees may carry an unlimited number sick days. Sick time shall not be used in less than one-half-day increments.
[Amended 11-18-2013 by Ord. No. 1563]
An employee that has been absent from work due to the use of nonoccupational sick leave three consecutive days or more at one time must present a doctor's certificate to his or her department head. This certificate shall be attached to the weekly time reports. A doctor's certificate may also be required if a department head and/or the Director Human Resources has reasonable cause to believe that the employee may be abusing his or her nonoccupational sick leave.
Employees hired before October 17, 1995, upon retirement from employment with the City of Gardner, if the employee has accumulated sick leave, shall be granted pay for such accumulation not to exceed 50 days' pay, plus an additional 50% of the daily rate for accumulated days over and the above first 50 days, not to exceed a total of 130 days paid.
Employees hired before October 17, 1995, upon voluntary termination of employment, if an employee has an accumulated sick leave balance, shall be granted pay for such accumulation upon termination at a rate of 1/4 day's pay for each such day of accumulated sick leave, not to exceed 30 days paid.
For employees hired before October 17, 1995, in the event that the employee shall die prior to retirement, any accrued sick days shall be paid to the estate of said deceased employee.
Newly hired employees shall be granted nonoccupational sick leave at the rate of 1 1/4 days per month worked. Newly hired employees shall earn nonoccupational sick leave in this manner until January 1 after their date of hire.
[Amended 6-1-2009 by Ord. No. 1494]
Commencing effective July 1, 2009, employees that do not use sick leave in a calendar month shall earn 1/2 day off not to be charged to sick leave or vacation leave. Any days earned as sick leave will be counted as personal time subject to the approval of the department head. Days must be used within one-year period of being earned.
On the first day of each year, each department head shall submit to the Mayor and City Auditor an accurate accounting of all sick leave accumulated and used during his/her period of employment with the City. In addition to the aforementioned, each employee will notify his or her department head each morning by 8:30 a.m. when he or she is going to absent from work due to illness. Each department head will contact the Mayor's office each morning by 8:30 a.m. when he or she is going to be absent from work due to illness.