4.19  Leave Without Pay - Fringe Benefits:

Employees on leave without pay due to personal illness or educational leave are eligible for one year of state-paid benefits and, when applicable, must pay the employees' share of the health premiums.  Employees with over one year on personal illness or educational leave must transfer to a direct payment plan with their health carrier to maintain coverage.

An employee on leave without pay receiving Workers' Compensation benefits may receive, beginning from the date of incapacity, up to two (2) years of health benefit coverage and then may elect to transfer to a direct payment plan.

Life Insurance  Employees on leave without pay for Workers' Compensation, personal illness or education leave may continue their life insurance coverage by paying the employees' share of coverage for the period of the leave but not to exceed twelve months.

Employees on leave without pay for personal reasons may convert their health and life insurance to a direct payment plan with their carrier.