Except as otherwise provided in this Rule, the Chief Executive Officer, or his/her designee, may grant leaves with pay to eligible employees, as set forth in this Rule. The Chief Executive Officer or his/her designee shall establish procedures for applying for paid leaves under this Rule, which may include additional procedural eligibility criteria. Employees granted leaves under this Rule shall continue to be eligible to participate in employee health and dental benefit plans, provided that they pay any required employee premium contributions to maintain those benefits. Nothing in this Rule shall be construed to grant a contract principal a leave of absence beyond the termination date of the contract principal’s contract, or to extend the termination date of the principal’s contract.
- Military Leave
- Eligibility. An Employee who serves in the military (including the U.S. armed forces, the national guard, the state guard or the reserves) and who provides advanced notice (unless prevented by military necessity) of the need for a military leave, will be granted a military leave in accordance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. Military leave may include leave for any period the full-time employee spends in military service, including basic training, special or advanced training, annual training, or other service, whether or not within the State of Illinois, and whether or not voluntary. Military leave may also include leave during the time period that an employee is absent for the purpose of medical or dental treatment for a condition, illness, or injury sustained or aggravated during a period of active service in which treatment is paid by the United States Department of Defense Military Health System.
- Seniority and Benefits During Military Leave. An employee on any military leave provided in this Rule shall continue to accrue seniority and any seniority based-benefits, and will receive health benefits as stated above.
- Pay During Military Leave.
- Annual Training. Any full-time employee granted a military leave of absence for annual training under this Rule shall receive regular compensation during the leave, for up to thirty (30) calendar days a year.
- Basic, Special or Advanced Training, or Other Active Duty Military Leave. During the first sixty (60) days of military leave taken voluntarily for basic, special or advanced training or other active service (for which the employee is paid by the military), unless the employee chooses to use any available benefit time, full-time employee will receive the employee’s regular compensation minus the amount of his/her base pay for military activities.
- Return to Work at Conclusion of Leave. Except as provided below, upon return from a military leave, and consistent with requirements of, and conditions set forth in 20 CFR 1002 et seq, an employee (other than an employee holding a part-time seasonal position) shall be offered reemployment in the position the employee would have attained with reasonable certainty if not for the absence due to military service or, in some circumstances, either the position held at the beginning of the leave or an equivalent position with like seniority, status, and pay. If the circumstances have changed as to make it impossible or unreasonable to offer such a position, the employee will be offered employment in line with his/her seniority as may be available that the employee is capable of doing, at the current rate of pay for such work. To be eligible for reemployment, the following conditions apply:
- The employee has five (5) years or less of cumulative military service during his or her employment, except when additional service is involuntary, or if otherwise required by applicable law.
- The employee timely returns to work or applies for reemployment consistent with the timeframes set forth in 20 CFR 1002.115; and
- The employee has not been separated from service with a disqualifying discharge or under other than honorable conditions.
- Bereavement Leave. The Chief Executive Officer or his/her designee shall grant employees, other than substitute teachers, and part-time/seasonal employee, paid bereavement leaves, as follows:
- A leave not to exceed ten (10) weekdays, including holidays and layoff days, at the death of the eligible employee’s parent, parent-in-law, stepparent, domestic or civil union partner’s parent, spouse, domestic partner, grandparent, child, stepchild, sibling of the employee, provided that the last five (5) days of such a leave shall be applied against the employees’ sick leave bank; and
- A leave not to exceed five (5) weekdays, including holidays and layoff days, at the death of the eligible employee’s grandchild, sibling in-law, parent in-law, child in-law, nephew, niece, uncle, aunt, or first cousin of the employee, provided that all days of such leave shall be applied against the employee’s sick leave bank.
- Bereavement days may be taken non-consecutively provided that they are taken in no more than two installments within one month of the date of death.
- Jury Duty Leave. The Chief Executive Officer or his/her designee shall grant employees, other than day-to-day substitute teachers, and part-time/seasonal employee, a paid leave of absence when summoned for jury duty, provided that the amount of jury duty pay shall be deducted from the employee’s pay for each day of jury duty. Day-to-day substitute teachers, and part-time/seasonal employee shall be excused from work without pay when summoned for jury duty. The provisions of this Rule shall be applicable during summer school assignments.
- Court Attendance Leave. The Chief Executive Officer or his/her designee shall grant employees a paid leave of absence for court attendance when:
- the employee is required to attend court, or other judicial proceedings, in connection with litigation in which school interests or records are involved, or when the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, or the Board is a party and the employee is not personally interested in the outcome of the litigation; or
- the employee is subpoenaed to appear in court within Cook County, Illinois, in a matter in which the employee has no personal interest in the outcome of the case, in which case, the subpoena fee shall be deducted from the employee’s pay.
- Conference Leave. The Chief Executive Officer or his/her designee shall grant an employee, other than substitute teachers, or part-time/seasonal employee, paid conference leave to attend professionally-related conferences, meetings, workshops, conventions, or commencement exercises for the employee, if in the Chief Executive Officer or his/her designee’s judgment, the employee’s attendance is beneficial or related to the work of the schools.
- Sabbatical Leave for Appointed Teachers. The Chief Executive Officer or designee may grant paid leaves of absence to tenured teachers, who have completed six (6) continuous years of satisfactory service, for the purposes of full-time resident study programs, or other purposes, for a period of at least five (5) months but no more than ten (10) school months (equivalent to one continuous semester or one continuous school year respectively), if the Chief Executive Officer or designee determines that the leave will improve the service of the teacher or principal to the public schools. The employee must be enrolled in a full-time program. An employee who is granted a leave under this provision may not hold secondary employment or accept other employment or draw a salary/stipend without express approval from the Chief Executive Officer or designee from another agency while on this leave. Upon return from this leave, the employee must work for a minimum of (2) two years or be responsible for paying back any sums of money paid to the employee during the sabbatical leave by the Board of Education. Eligibility for and the terms and conditions of sabbatical leaves will be established by the Chief Executive Officer or designee.
|Final||Board Rule 4-14(b) with Respect to Bereavement Leaves was adopted on a Final basis at the February 26, 2020 Board Meeting [Board Report 20-0226-RU3].|
|Public Comment||Pursuant to Board Rule 2-6 this Rule [4-14(b) with Respect to Bereavement Leaves] was subject to Public Comment from 12/16/19-1/15/20 and amended/adopted on an interim basis at the December 11, 2019 Board Meeting [Board Report 19-1211-RU3].|