- Except as provided in Section 5(a)(ii), sick leave shall be used only for personal
illness of the employee. Approval of sick leave in accordance with the Leave
Regulations is discretionary with the agency and proof of disability must be
provided by the employee, satisfactory to the agency within five (5) working days
of the employee's return to work. However, the employer may request proof of
disability when an employee has been on sick leave for five or more consecutive
working days. Such proof satisfactory to the agency must be submitted within
five working days of such request.
- Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 5(a)(i), Employees may use one
day per year from their sick leave balances for the care of ill family
Effective July 15, 1996, employees may use two (2) days per year from
their sick leave balances for the care of ill family members.
Approval of such leave is discretionary with the agency and proof of
disability must be provided by the employee satisfactory to the agency
within five (5) working days of the employee's return to work.
The provisions of Article V, Section 5(a)(ii) shall apply to part-time per
annum, hourly, per diem, per session and seasonal employees who work at
least one half the regular hours of full time employees in the same title and
who have worked for at least one month on a regular basis and accrue sick
leave pursuant to Article V, Section 19(b).
The use of sick leave for care of ill family members shall be limited to a
maximum of one-sixth (1/6) of the amount of sick leave hours accruable
by an eligible employee during the current leave year or one-sixth (1/6) of
the sick leave hours accruable by a full time employee in the same title
during a leave year, whichever is less. Approved usage of sick leave for
care of ill family members may be charged in units of one (1) hour.
Family member shall be defined as: spouse; natural, foster or step parent;
child, brother or sister; father-in-law; mother-in-law; any relative residing
in the household; and domestic partner, provided such domestic partner is
registered pursuant to the terms set forth in the New York City
Administrative Code Section 3-240 et seq.
The provisions of Section 5(a) above notwithstanding, the agency may waive the
requirement for proof of disability unless:
An employee requests sick leave for more than three (3) consecutive work days;
An employee uses undocumented sick leave more than five (5) times in a "sick
leave period." Employees hired during a "sick leave period" shall be subject to
the terms of this subsection commencing with the next complete "sick leave
An employee uses undocumented sick leave more than four (4) times in a "sick
leave period" on a day immediately preceding or following a holiday or a
scheduled day off. Employees hired during a "sick leave period" shall be subject
to the terms of this subsection commencing with the next complete "sick leave
For the purposes of Sections 5(b)(ii) and 5(b)(iii) above, the calendar year shall be
divided into two (2), six (6) month "sick leave periods." They shall be: (1) January 1 to
June 30, inclusive; and (2) July 1 to December 31, inclusive. An employee who exceeds
the allowable number of undocumented absences in any "sick leave period" pursuant to
Sections 5(b)(ii) and 5(b)(iii) above shall thereafter, commencing with the next "sick
leave period," be required to submit medical documentation, satisfactory to the agency
head, before further sick leave may be approved. The requirement for such
documentation shall continue in effect until the employee has worked a complete "sick
leave period" without being on sick leave more than two (2) times.
For the purposes of this Section 5 "one time" shall mean the consecutive use of one-half
(½) or more work days for sick leave. Sick leave taken in units of less than one-half (½)
work day shall be counted as "one time" on sick leave when the cumulative total of such
sick leave amounts to one-half (½) day.
The provisions of Section 5(b) above notwithstanding, the agency shall have the
discretion to waive the medical documentation required pursuant to Sections 5(b)(ii),
5(b)(iii) and 5(c), for employees who have completed their third year of employment and
thereafter have a current sick leave balance commensurate with the number of years of
employment as follows:
|| 9 years
||10 years or more
- It is not the intent of Sections 5(b) and 5(e) for an agency to regularly require proof of
disability under normal circumstances.
- Any employee who anticipates a series of three (3) or more medical appointments, which
will require a repeated use of sick leave in units of one day or less shall submit medical
documentation indicating the nature of the condition and the anticipated schedule of
treatment. Sick leave taken pursuant to said schedule of treatment shall be deemed
- The medical documentation required by this Section shall be from a health practitioner
licensed by the state in which she/he practices to diagnose and certify illness or disability.
When an employee has been recommended for relief from duty by a medical practitioner
acting in behalf of the Employer's Health Service, the time granted shall be considered
documented sick leave for the day of the relief from duty only, unless otherwise specified
by the Employer's practitioner.
Social Service Employees Union Local 371
817 Broadway, New York, NY 10003