(A) The Sheriff may grant leaves of absence, without pay or salary, to officers under his supervision for job-related reasons (such as further training or study), which will enable officers to perform their usual and customary duties with greater efficiency and expertise, or for other valid reasons (such as prolonged illness of the officer, his spouse, or his child or children, or childbirth).
(B) The Sheriff may assure an officer who is granted such leave, that the officer’s position, or job, will be restored to him at the conclusion of such leave; provided, however, that the officer’s employment by the County might, and could, be terminated if, during the period of such leave, the officer’s position, or job, were to be eliminated by action of the County Board or the enactment or amendment of state or federal legislation would result in the elimination of such position or job. In that event, any person hired to fill the officer’s position, or to perform his usual and customary duties during the officer’s leave will be discharged so as to permit such officer to resume employment.
(C) No leave shall be granted for a period exceeding one hundred eighty (180) consecutive calendar days, nor shall any officer be granted a leave, or leaves, totaling more than one hundred eighty (180) days in a given calendar year without the approval of theCountyBoard.
(D) An officer on leave will not accrue any benefits whatsoever.
Section 2. Absence Due to Death in Immediate Family.
(A) In the event of the death of an immediate family member, an officer shall be permitted to be absent from his job for an appropriate number of days up to three (3) days per year with the Sheriff’s approval, and for each such day’s absence, the officer shall receive compensation at his normal rate of pay. If the officer desires to be absent for more than three (3) days, he may utilize previously earned, unused, vacation days and receive compensation for each such additional day’s absence at his normal rate of pay, provided that the Sheriff approves such additional absence.
(B) Any absence to attend the funeral of anyone who is not a member of an officer’s immediate family may be arranged with the Sheriff, without pay, but previously earned and unused vacation days may be utilized in such case with the consent of the Sheriff.
Section 3. Jury Duty. An officer required to serve on a grand jury or petit jury shall be granted leave for the period required to serve on such jury without loss of pay. Such officers shall sign a waiver of any compensation otherwise due them for service on such jury.
Section 4. Prohibition Against Misuse of Leaves. During any leaves granted pursuant to the terms of this Agreement, regardless of being with or without pay, an officer may not be gainfully employed or independently self-employed without prior approval by the Employer. Violation of the provisions contained within this Agreement shall subject the officer to immediate discharge and loss of all benefits and rights accrued pursuant to the terms of this Agreement.
Section 5. Short-Term Military Leave. The Employer agrees to abide by state and federal law as currently written and as may be amended from time to time. The Employer may opt to provide additional benefits for members serving in the military, however, the Employer shall never provide less than required by State and Federal law.
Section 6. Injury Leave. An officer who sustains injuries arising out of and in the course of this employment shall be covered by the provisions of 5 ILCS 345/1, Illinois Compiled Statutes. No officer will lose any benefits during the statutory period while injured on duty, and will continue to accumulate all benefits provided by this memorandum. Officers on injury leave may be returned to light duty if able to perform the work and placed at the discretion of the Department.