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Sick Leave Benefits

CCRI provides paid sick leave benefits to all eligible employees. An employee is entitled to sick leave in accordance with the provisions of his/her collective bargaining agreement. Employees who are unable to report to work should notify their direct supervisor before the scheduled start of their workday if possible.

In accordance with RI State Merit System Laws (Title 36, Section 36-4-63), when a classified employee is absent for three or more consecutive days, a physician's statement is required.

When an employee is absent from work due to illness of significant  length, Human Resources requires at least two pieces of medical documentation from the employee.  The first supports the need for the employee to be absent from work and projects the approximate length of absence.  Upon the employee's recovery, a second letter from the doctor releases the employee to return to work.  In addition to the date the employee may return to work, the second note needs to describe what, if any, restrictions there will be regarding the duties normally assigned to the employee.  This will enable the College to accommodate the needs of the returning staff member and, at the same time, avoid any potential liability that might arise because of the lack of necessary information.

Accrual:
Sick leave is accrued on a biweekly pay period basis throughout the calendar year. The collective bargaining agreement or the Board of Education Personnel Policy Manual determines the accrual rate.

Maximum Accrual:
The collective bargaining agreement outlines the maximum accrual. At year end, only the maximum accrual may be carried forward; and any remaining balance will be forfeited.

Payment of Sick Leave:
Unused sick leave benefits are only paid to employees (or their families) in cases of retirement or death in accordance with the prescribed formula (see collective bargaining agreement).

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Last Updated: 2/20/14