16.1 Sick Leave - Accrual.
Full-time classified employees (pro-rated for part-time) shall accrue eight (8) hours of sick leave credit for each month of completed classified service. Paid sick leave may not be used in advance of accrual. Sick leave credits shall not accrue during a leave of absence without pay which exceeds ten (10) working days in any calendar month.
16.2 Sick Leave - Use.
16.3 Family Member. Family member is defined as the employee's spouse or same or opposite sex domestic partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sister, or brother. Family member also includes individuals in the following relationships with the employee's spouse or domestic partner: child, parent and grandparent. "Child" also includes any child residing in the employee's home through foster care, legal guardianship or custody. Family members include those persons in a "step" relationship.
16.4 Bereavement Leave. Paid leave in addition to any other form of paid leave shall be granted for bereavement as follows: three (3) days of bereavement leave shall be granted for each death of a family member.
16.5 Sick Leave - Compensation for.
16.6 Unexpected Absence: Advance Notification. Employees working the first (day) shift shall notify the Staffing Office or their Supervisor at least two hours in advance of the scheduled shift if unable to report for duty as scheduled. Employees working the second (evening) shift and third (night) shift shall notify the Staffing Office or their Supervisor at least two hours in advance of the scheduled shift if unable to report for duty as scheduled. Failure to notify the Staffing Office or Supervisor and meet the minimum advance notice requirement may result in loss of paid sick leave for that day.
16.7 Reemployed Former Employees. Former eligible employees who are re-employed within three (3) years of their separation from service shall be granted all unused sick leave credits, if any, to which they were entitled at time of separation.
16.8 Use of Vacation Leave or Compensatory Time for Sick Leave Purposes. An employee who has used all accrued sick leave may be allowed to use accrued vacation leave and/or compensatory time off for sick leave purposes when approved in advance or authorized by the Employer.
16.9 Restoration of Vacation Leave. In the event of an incapacitating illness or injury during vacation leave, the Employer may authorize the use of sick leave and the equivalent restoration of any vacation leave otherwise charged. Such requests shall be in writing and medical verification may be required.
16.10 No Arbitrary Denial of Sick Leave. The parties agree that neither the abuse nor the arbitrary denial of sick leave will be condoned. The Employer and the Union agree to work cooperatively toward the resolution of mutually identified problems regarding the use of sick leave. The Employer may provide periodic updates to employees regarding their use of sick leave. Such updates will not be considered counseling or disciplinary.
16.11 Choice of Leave. In accordance with RCW 49.12 and WAC 296-130, employees shall be allowed to use any or all of their choice of sick leave or other paid time off to care for their: (a) child with a health condition that requires treatment or supervision or (b) spouse, parent, parent-in-law, or grandparent who has a serious health condition or an emergency condition. Employees shall not be disciplined or otherwise discriminated against because of their exercise of these rights.