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Sonoma County Law Enforcement Association (SCLEA)

2023 - 2026 SCLEA Memorandum of Understanding:   Article 23: Compassionate Leave and Disaster Leave

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  • 23.1 Compassionate Leave
  • 23.2 Disaster Leave

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23.1 Compassionate Leave

With respect to this Article, the term “spouse” shall also include domestic partner.  A full-time or part-time employee may be granted up to three (3) of the employee’s regular work days of leave with pay, in the event of death of the employee’s spouse, child, stepchild, child’s spouse, sibling, sibling’s spouse, grandparent, great-grandparent, grandchild or person who served as a parent to the employee when the employee was a minor, and the parent of the employee or of the spouse of the employee.  Where travel in excess of three hundred (300) miles one way from the employee’s residence is required, up to an additional two (2) of the employee’s regular work days of sick leave may be used to supplement compassionate leave.

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23.2 Disaster Leave

When there has been a natural disaster of a magnitude that requires the Board of Supervisors to proclaim a County State of Emergency, the County will enact this disaster leave provision.

During the proclaimed emergency period and for up to one year from the terminator of the said proclamation, County employees may donate accrued compensatory time and vacation leave to other County employees who have lost work time because they have been a victim of a disaster affecting their primary residence. For up to one year from the termination of the said proclamation, impacted employees may use up to 320 hours of donated leave.  Such donated time will not exceed the total amount of time lost by the receiving employee including vacation, compensatory time used and any unpaid leave incurred.  Unused donated time at the expiration of the leave provision period will be returned to the donor. The County will develop administrative process necessary to implement this provision in accordance with the intent of the language above. The program will be administered consistently County-wide. The terms and implementation of this section may not be grieved through the grievance procedure of the MOU between the parties. Except as specifically provided herein, it is agreed and understood that SCLEA voluntarily and unqualifiedly waives its right to and releases the County from any additional obligation to meet and confer on any subject or matter contained in this Section.

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