A military leave of absence will be granted to employees who are absent from work because of service in the US uniformed services in accordance with the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA). Advance notice of military service is required, unless military necessity prevents such notice or it is otherwise impossible or unreasonable.
Non-Classified employees, faculty, and Classified employees hired after July 1, 1986, will receive the difference between their state salary and military base pay for the first 60 days of leave. The portion of such military leave of absence in excess of sixty days will be unpaid. Employees may, however, discharge unused vacation time if they so desire.
Continuation of health insurance benefits is available as required by USERRA based on the length of the leave and subject to the terms, conditions and limitations of the applicable plans for which the employee is otherwise eligible.
Benefit accruals, such as vacation and sick leave, will continue through the paid 60-day period but will be suspended during the leave without pay and will resume upon the employee's return to active employment.
Employees returning from military leave will be returned to their position in accordance with current law then pertaining. They will be treated as though they were continuously employed for purposes of determining benefits based on length of service.
Employees will continue to receive full pay for a maximum of 15 days per 12-month period for military training (not including weekly drills or monthly weekend drills). The portion of such military leaves of absence in excess of 15 days will be unpaid. Employees may, however, use any available vacation time for the absence.