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Connecticut Laws | Title 5 State Employees
CHAPTER 67* STATE PERSONNEL ACT
Sec. 5-248a. Family and medical leave from employment.

(f) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of section 38a-554, the state shall pay for the continuation of health insurance benefits for the employee during any leave of absence taken pursuant to this section. In order to continue any other health insurance coverages during such leave, the employee shall contribute that portion of the premium the employee would have been required to contribute had the employee remained an active employee during the leave period. (865)

(g) Each permanent employee, as defined in subdivision (20) of section 5-196, who is the spouse, son or daughter, parent or next of kin of a current member of the armed forces, as defined in section 27-103, who is undergoing medical treatment, recuperation or therapy, is otherwise in outpatient status or is on the temporary disability retired list for a serious injury or illness incurred in the line of duty, shall be entitled to a one-time benefit of twenty-six workweeks of leave within a single two-year period for each armed forces member per serious injury or illness incurred in the line of duty. (866)

(h) For purposes of subsection (g) of this section, (1) "next of kin" means the armed forces member's nearest blood relative, other than the covered armed forces member's spouse, parent, son or daughter, in the following order of priority: Blood relatives who have been granted legal custody of the armed forces member by court decree or statutory provisions, brothers and sisters, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and first cousins, unless the covered armed forces member has specifically designated in writing another blood relative as his or her nearest blood relative for purposes of military caregiver leave, in which case the designated individual shall be deemed to be the covered armed forces member's next of kin; and (2) "son or daughter" means a biological, adopted, foster child, stepchild, legal ward or a child for whom the eligible employee or armed forces member stood in loco parentis and who is any age. (867)

Sec. 5-248b. Regulations. Family and medical leave from employment. (868)(Text)

On or before July 1, 1988, the Commissioner of Administrative Services shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, which establish procedures and guidelines necessary to implement the provisions of section 5-248a, including but not limited to procedures for the periodic reporting by state agencies to the commissioner of their current experience with leaves of absence taken pursuant to said section. Such regulations may be adopted by the commissioner prior to July 1, 1988, but may not take effect prior to that date. (869)

Sec. 5-248c. Voluntary schedule reduction program. (870)(Text)

(a) The Commissioner of Administrative Services, in conjunction with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, shall implement a voluntary schedule reduction program under which permanent state employees may, with the approval of their appointing authority, take unpaid leave consisting of individual prescheduled days or partial days off, without loss of seniority, benefits, longevity, retirement credit, sick leave, vacation or earned overtime accumulation. (871)

(b) Any unpaid leave taken pursuant to this section shall not be construed to affect an employee's qualifications for exemption under chapter 558. (872)

(c) The Commissioner of Administrative Services, in conjunction with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section. (873)

Secs. 5-248d to 5-248h. (874)(Text)

Reserved for future use. (875)

Sec. 5-248i. Telecommuting and work-at-home programs. (876)(Text)

(a) The Commissioner of Administrative Services shall, within available appropriations, develop and implement guidelines, in cooperation with interested employee organizations, as defined in subsection (d) of section 5-270, authorizing telecommuting and work-at-home programs for state employees. Such guidelines shall be designed to achieve the following goals: (1) Increase worker efficiency and productivity; (2) benefit the environment; and (3) reduce traffic congestion. The guidelines of the telecommuting or work-at-home program and determination of whether an employment position is appropriate for such program shall not be subject to collective bargaining under the provisions of chapter 68. (877)

(b) Any employee of a state agency may be authorized either by the head of such state agency or, for any employee of the legislative branch, by the executive director of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, or his or her designated representative, to participate in a telecommuting or work-at-home assignment. Approval of such assignment may be granted only where it is determined to be in compliance with the guidelines developed pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. Any assignment shall be on a temporary basis only, and may be terminated as required by agency operating needs. Each state agency shall provide the Department of Administrative Services with a copy of any telecommuting or work-at-home program arrangement that it authorizes for any employee of such agency. (878)

(c) The Commissioner of Administrative Services shall report annually to the joint standing committees of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to labor and public employees and government administration as to the extent of use by employees as provided pursuant to subsections (a) and (b) of this section. (879)

Sec. 5-248j. Participation in Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. (880)(Text)

(a)(1) On and after June 1, 1998, each full-time employee in a permanent position in the state service, who is not represented by a collective bargaining representative, who worked at least one full calendar year, shall be granted one week of additional annual vacation, with pay, based upon such employee's normal work schedule for each calendar year that such employee is a Big Brother or Big Sister in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. The first year period shall be measured annually from September, 1998. In no event shall an individual receive more than one week of vacation for the period from September, 1998, through December 31, 1999. (2) On and after January 1, 1999, each full-time employee in a permanent position in the state service, who is not represented by a collective bargaining representative, or who is in a participating collective bargaining unit, who worked at least one full year measured annually from the first full month of participation by such employee in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program, shall be granted one week of additional annual vacation, with pay, based upon such employee's normal work schedule for each full year that such employee is a Big Brother or Big Sister in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. In no event shall an employee receive more than one week of vacation for any one full year of participation in the program. (3) The Big Brothers and Big Sisters program shall provide a list to the state of the employees who are certified as eligible under this program within one month of full acceptance into the program and shall certify to the state the names of the employees who have completed a year of full participation in the program as a Big Brother or Big Sister. If such an employee does not participate for the full year or does not satisfy the expected regular time commitments, no additional vacation time shall be granted. The decision to grant the additional vacation time shall be subject to approval by the Office of Policy and Management and shall not be subject to appeal under section 5-202 or under any collectively bargained agreement. The regulations regarding the utilization of vacation shall govern the utilization of the additional time earned hereunder. (881)

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