4.24 General Leave of Absence

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I. Regulation

A leave of absence without pay and fringe benefits may be granted for a period not to exceed 90 days to a full-time employee with more than one year of experience at the College. The employee must give reasonable notice prior to the date of the desired leave and must state in writing his/her intent to resume employment at CPCC at the end of the leave.

During the term of the leave, the employee will not accrue department seniority or vacation or sick leave and will not receive salary or fringe benefits.

Upon an exempt employee's return after a general leave of absence, the College will assign the employee to the position he/she vacated, or to a comparable position in the same department, unless a reduction in force has been made necessary by institutional financial exigency or by a reduction in the employee's program. If there has been a reduction in force during the period of the employee's leave, the process defined in Section 4.08 VI.E. will be in effect.

Upon a non-exempt employee's return after a general leave of absence, the College may assign the employee to the position that he/she vacated or may reassign the employee by transfer to any other position for which the employee is qualified. A position may not be available if the President has authorized a job class reduction for the employee's job class or if the employee's position has been discontinued as the result of a program reduction or financial exigency.

An extension of the leave may be granted in extraordinary circumstances.

II. Procedure

A. The employee will submit to the immediate administrator a written application for leave of absence. The application will state the purpose for the leave and will include a statement of intent to resume employment at CPCC.

B. The supervising administrators will review the application and forward it and their recommendation to the President.

C. The President will review the application and the administrators recommendation and render a final decision.

D. The President will inform the applicant and the administrators about the decision. If the leave is approved, the action will be entered in the records of the Board of Trustees.

E. Written confirmation of intent to resume employment will be provided by the employee within 15 days of the anticipated return to work.