SENATE BILL 5351
State of Washington 52nd Legislature 1991 Regular Session
By Senators Saling, Bauer, Patterson, Stratton, Thorsness, Rasmussen, Johnson and Moore.
Read first time January 29, 1991. Referred to Committee on Higher Education.
AN ACT Relating to sick leave for exempt higher education employees; amending RCW 41.04.340; adding a new section to chapter 28B.10 RCW; providing an effective date; and declaring an emergency.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF WASHINGTON:
NEW SECTION. Sec. 1. A new section is added to chapter 28B.10 RCW to read as follows:
(1) The boards of regents or trustees of each state college, university, and community college shall establish sick leave regulations for all officers, administrative personnel, librarians, counselors, and academic personnel, including teaching and research faculty, who are exempted from the provisions of chapters 41.06 and 28B.16 RCW.
(2) Each state college, university, and community college shall maintain complete and accurate sick leave records for all officers, administrative personnel, librarians, counselors, and academic personnel, including teaching and research faculty.
(3) For all officers, administrative personnel, librarians, counselors, and academic personnel, including teaching and research faculty, originally hired after June 30, 1991, the provisions of the sick leave regulations adopted under subsection (1) of this section regarding the amount of sick leave that may be allowed to and accrued by such employees shall be consistent with provisions for employees in the state personnel system and higher education personnel system established under chapters 41.06 and 28B.16 RCW.
Sec. 2. RCW 41.04.340 and 1990 c 162 s 1 are each amended to read as follows:
As used in this section the term "eligible employee" means any employee of the state, other than teaching and research faculty originally hired before July 1, 1991, at the state and regional universities and The Evergreen State College, entitled to accumulate sick leave and for whom accurate sick leave records have been maintained. No employee may receive compensation under this section for any portion of sick leave accumulated at a rate in excess of one day per month. The state and regional universities and The Evergreen State College shall maintain complete and accurate sick leave records for all teaching and research faculty.
An attendance incentive program is established for all eligible employees. In January of the year following any year in which a minimum of sixty days of sick leave is accrued, and each January thereafter, any eligible employee may receive remuneration for unused sick leave accumulated in the previous year at a rate equal to one day's monetary compensation of the employee for each four full days of accrued sick leave in excess of sixty days. Sick leave for which compensation has been received shall be deducted from accrued sick leave at the rate of four days for every one day's monetary compensation.
At the time of separation from state service due to retirement or death, an eligible employee or the employee's estate shall receive remuneration at a rate equal to one day's current monetary compensation of the employee for each four full days of accrued sick leave: PROVIDED, That community college districts may delay until July 1, 1981, payment due any eligible employee or employee's estate: PROVIDED FURTHER, That there shall be added to any such delayed payment interest at the rate of eight percent per year.
Moneys received under this section shall not be included for the purpose of computing a retirement allowance under any public retirement system in this state.
This section shall be administered, and rules shall be promulgated to carry out its purposes, by the state personnel board and the higher education personnel board for persons subject to chapters 41.06 and 28B.16 RCW, respectively, and by their respective personnel authorities for other eligible employees: PROVIDED, That determination of classes of eligible employees shall be subject to approval by the office of financial management.
Should the legislature revoke any benefits granted under this section, no affected employee shall be entitled thereafter to receive such benefits as a matter of contractual right.
NEW SECTION. Sec. 3. This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect July 1, 1991.