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LEAVES/VACATIONS



Family/Medical Leave
(Reference Policy #4411)
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, will provide family and medical leave for eligible employees pursuant to the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993. Members of the Broward Teachers Union – Education Support Professionals (BTU-ESP) are subjected to the provisions of Article 12, Section U – Family and Medical Leave.  All other Non-Instructional employees and Educational Support & Management Association of Broward, Inc. (ESMAB) personnel are subjected to the provisions delineated in the School Board Policy #4411-Family and Medical Leave. All Instructional personnel are covered by Article Twenty-three, Section S of the Broward Teachers Union Collective Bargaining Agreement, Family and Medical Leave.

The FMLA entitles eligible employees to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave. Eligible employees are entitled to:

Twelve workweeks of leave/60 working days (BTU-ESP and part-time instructional employees pro -rated) during any school year (June – July) for:

(1) Birth of a child and to care for the newborn child within one year of birth;

      (2) Placement with the employee of a child for adoption or foster care and to care for the                          newly placed child within one year of placement;

      (3) Care for the employee’s spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition;

      (4) A serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the essential                              functions of his or her job;

      (5) Any qualifying exigency arising out of the fact that the employee’s spouse, son, daughter,                         or parent is a covered military member on “covered active duty;” and

Twenty-six workweeks of leave during a single 12-month period to care for a covered             servicemember with a serious injury or illness if the eligible employee is the             servicemember’s spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin (military caregiver leave).

An eligible employee means and employee who has been employed for at least twelve months by The Board, and work a certain number of hours as indicated below:

(1)   Instructional employees and Education Support Professionals, for at least 784 hours during the previous school year (July – June)

(2)   ESMAB, BPAA , PBAA and other Non Instructional employees, for at least 1,250 hours during the twelve month period immediately preceding the start of leave

(3)   Food Service employees who are not scheduled to work more than 1,250 hours and actually work at least 784 hours in the calendar year immediately preceding the requested start of the leave shall be eligible to apply for a Special Leave   

All requests for medical leave due to an employee’s illness or the illness of a family member must include the completed FMLA Application and the “Certification of Physician or Practitioner” form.

Employees who have been approved for Family/Medical Leave who are eligible and receive Board provided health insurance when actively working for the Board, shall maintain this coverage for the duration of the leave. Employees who pay for dependent insurance and other types of Board offered insurance coverage will be billed as applicable.

Upon return from a Family/Medical leave, the affected employee is entitled to be restored to the same position that the employee held when the leave started, or to an equivalent position with equivalent benefits, pay, and other terms and conditions of employment.

Illness-In-Line of Duty Leave
Any permanent bargaining unit employee shall be entitled to illness-in-line-of-duty leave with pay when the employee has to be absent from his/her duties because of personal injury received in the discharge of duty or because of illness from any contagious or infectious disease contracted at work. Such leave shall be in addition to any other leave to which the employee may be entitled and such leave shall not be cumulative. Any employee absent on such leave shall reimburse the Board for any Workers Compensation payments received for the period. Paid holidays occurring during a medical leave shall not be included in the computation of the number of days with respect to which leave is applicable. A substantiating statement by a physician and a corroborating statement by the administrator shall be required prior to approval of said leave, except that the corroborating statement of the administrator may be subject to the grievance procedure.

Workers’ Compensation (Reference Policy #4.2)
Workers’ Compensation is a benefit every employee is entitled to under Florida Statute 440.134. Hopefully, you will not have to use this benefit during your employment with The School Board of Broward County, Florida. If you have sustained a work-related injury, regardless of how minor the injury may be, report the injury immediately to your supervisor or principal. Minor injuries sometimes develop into major injuries that may require medical attention.

Your supervisor or principal must immediately report all work-related injuries to the Risk Management Department at 754-321-1900 or fax the information to 754-321-1917. In an emergency situation, 911 should be dialed immediately. If you require medical attention, your supervisor or principal will assist you in completing the First Notice of Injury form, which is a component of the District’s Employee Recovery Kit that will be provided to you at that time.

Jury Duty and Subpoena Leave
Employees may be paid full salary if they are summoned for jury duty or subpoenaed as a witness. An employee called as a juror of witness must return to work as soon as possible, if dismissed by the proper court authority.

Personal Leave (Reference Policy #4409)
The immediate supervisor must sign all personal leave requests before being submitted to the Leaves Department. A Personal leave is  unpaid. Employees are expected to give priority to their work-related responsibilities and to request a personal leave only when necessary. When accumulated sick leave is exhausted, absence due to illness is considered personal leave. Board-approved leaves may qualify toward retirement credit. Please refer to your Florida Retirement System Handbook for details.

Personal Reasons Leave (Reference Policy #4403)
The immediate supervisor must approve all personal reasons leave requests. Employees are expected to give priority to their work-related responsibilities and to request personal reasons leave only when necessary. When Personal Reasons Leave days are used, these days shall be charged to available sick leave. When accumulated sick leave is exhausted, absence due to illness is considered personal leave. Board-approved leaves may qualify toward retirement credit. Please refer to your Florida Retirement System Handbook for details.

Sick Leave (Reference Policy #4400 & #4305)
Sick leave is available for each regular employee who cannot work due to personal illness, or illness of a father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, child, close relative, or household member.

Instructional employees are entitled to four days of sick leave as of the first day of employment each contract year. Other employees get four days of sick leave at the end of the first month. Thereafter, one day of sick leave is earned for each month of employment. It is credited at the end of that month and cannot be used prior to the time it is earned and credited. However, employees can only earn one day of sick leave for each month of employment during the year.

Sick leave is cumulative from year to year. There is no limit on the number of days that an employee may accrue. However, sick leave for terminal pay purposes will be disbursed in accordance with School Board Policy #4305 and applicable Florida State Statutes. You can transfer in sick leave from another district, but you can bring in only as much as you earn in a given year. For example, after earning 10 days of leave in Broward County, you may transfer in an equal number of leave days from another district, until all days have been transferred into Broward County. When granting leave, the Superintendent, or his designee, may require written verification of illness from a licensed physician or from the county health doctor.

Sick Leave Bank
While not available to new employees, the Sick Leave Bank may be of interest to those who intend to become veteran employees. Membership is open to all school board employees when they have accumulated eleven (11) days sick leave. (Sick leave is earned at the rate of one day per month of employment). Upon joining the bank associated with your employee classification, the employee contributes one day of his/her sick leave to the bank. Members of the bank who become unable to work for an extended period of time may withdraw days from the bank. Some restrictions do apply and potential bank members will get additional information during the open enrollment period each fall.

Military Leave (Reference Policy #4408)
Any employee required or volunteering to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States shall be granted an unpaid leave of absence. An employee who is returning from military leave shall be returned to employment without prejudice, provided an application for reinstatement is filed within the specified time limits following the date of discharge or the release from active military duty. The employee shall be reemployed in compliance with state and federal laws.

Temporary Military Leave
Any employee who is a member of a national military reserve unit or National Guard shall be allowed up to 240 working hours of leave annually, without loss of pay or other accumulated leave, when ordered to active duty. An employee required to report for a physical examination under any selective service law shall be granted leave without loss of pay or other accumulated leave for time required for this obligation.

Vacation
All employees with a Board approved, 12-month work calendars are eligible to accrue vacation. Employees can carry vacation days to the next calendar year; however, there is a maximum number of hours that the employee can accrue. Vacation time must be approved by the Superintendent or his designee and should be planned so that the normal operation of the school or department is not affected. Payment for vacation shall be at the employee’s current daily rate of pay. The number of accrued sick hours and vacation hours an individual has accrued is listed on each paycheck stub. If there are questions regarding leaves or vacations, please discuss them with your supervisor.

 


 

The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression,  national origin, marital status, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint, may call the Executive Director, Benefits & EEO Compliance at (754) 321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) at 754-321-2158.

 

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities (EEO) at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) at 754-321-2158.

 

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