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Article 31: Other Leave/Religious Compensatory Time

Section 1

Full-time employees who are a member of the National Guard or a reserve component of the Armed Forces shall be entitled to military leave for active duty, active duty training, and inactive duty training at the rate of fifteen (15) days per fiscal year. Military leave that is not used in a fiscal year accumulates for use in the succeeding fiscal year.  However, no more than fifteen (15) days may be carried over into the succeeding fiscal year.  The total maximum accumulation for military leave is thirty (30) days in any fiscal year.

Section 2

An employee may use up to thirty (30) days of paid leave each calendar year to serve as an organ donor.  Leave for organ donation is a separate category of leave that is in addition to annual leave and sick leave.  For absences in excess of thirty (30) days, an employee may request accrued or advanced annual or sick leave or LWOP. An employee may use up to seven (7) days of paid leave each calendar year to serve as a bone marrow donor.  Leave for bone marrow donation is a separate category of leave that is in addition to annual leave and sick leave.  For absences in excess of seven days, an employee may request accrued or advanced annual or sick leave or LWOP.

Section 3

The Employer will approve an employee's request for leave (whether annual or leave without pay) or compensatory time for religious observance on a work day.  Compensatory time for religious observance may be used before it is earned.

Section 4

To the extent that such modifications in work schedules do not interfere with the efficient accomplishment of the agency's mission, the agency shall in each instance afford an employee the opportunity to work compensatory overtime and shall in each instance grant compensatory time off to an employee requesting such time off for religious observances when the employee's personal religious beliefs require that the employee abstain from work during certain periods of the workday or workweek.  The employee may work such compensatory overtime before or after the grant of compensatory time off.  A grant of advanced compensatory time off for religious purposes should be repaid by the appropriate amount of compensatory overtime work within a reasonable amount of time, normally within three months of when the time was used but, in exceptional circumstances, up to six (6) months.