Board Directive The Board recognizes that there are times when employees could benefit from a year's leave of absence. This leave could be used for any purpose which is substantially different from the employee's current job assignment or duties but may not be used to enable an employee to take similar employment with another district, company, organization, etc., within the State of Utah. A leave of absence of up to one (1) year may be granted upon recommendation of the employee's supervisor and approval by the Human Resources Department. The Administration is delegated to administer a policy for a one-year leave of absence for classified personnel.
Administrative Policy The following administrative policy provisions shall be followed in implementing Board policy:
Requests for a leave of absence must be submitted on the Request for Leave of Absence form to the principal or director at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of the anticipated leave. All designated information must be provided on the District leave of absence form. The leave cannot extend beyond one (1) year from the day the leave was granted.
Employees will not receive salary or fringe benefits while on leave of absence. Health and accident insurance may be purchased through the District under the COBRA option. The cost will be 102 percent of the established premium rate.
The principal or director will recommend approval of the request and submit in writing both his/her recommendation and the employee's request to the Human Resources Department for District approval.
The employee will be notified in writing of approval of the leave. The employee will notify the District in writing 30 days prior to the date he/she intends to return. The employee will be placed in the first available position for which he/she is qualified and licensed and shall be paid at the level appropriate to that position without loss of seniority and benefits. An employee returning from a leave will be placed back into an equal position to which he/she was assigned prior to the leave as soon as a position becomes available.
Transportation employees returning from a one-year leave of absence may be placed on the substitute driver list and then bid on the first available position for which he/she is qualified consistent with District policy DA168 NEG—Assignment of Bus Drivers and Bus Attendants.
This leave shall not apply to provisional employees unless for recuperative purposes for illness or injury.
This leave will not be granted in successive years except for illness or injury.
This leave does not provide experience credit for salary placement.