Section 21.10 - Leave for Civil Service Examinations
Employees in the Administrative, Institutional and Operational Services Units, who are scheduled to work during the eight-hour period immediately preceding the time they are to report for a New York State written Civil Service examination, should be granted time off without charge to leave credits during such period. However, if it is impossible to grant the time off because of the need to maintain essential services, the employees may not be allowed any form of compensatory time off or granted any special relief or consideration with respect to the examination itself. The need to schedule overtime may not be used as a reason for denying the time off that is contemplated by this item.
Employees in the Security Services and Security Supervisors Units may not be required to work any work shift which ends less than eight hours before they are scheduled to compete in a New York State Civil Service examination, and may not be required to charge leave credits for any absences from work during such work shift which are approved for purposes of taking such examination.
To be eligible for time off pursuant to all of these contract items, employees must give due notice of their intention to compete in a Civil Service examination and they must actually compete in such examination. The examination must be for positions in State service, and the work shift for which time off is requested must be one which the employees would regularly and normally be scheduled to work and would have worked except for the examination.
The starting time of an examination or the time at which employees are scheduled to report for an examination is the time indicated on the notice to appear for the examination and not the time employees must leave work or their residences to travel to the examination site.
These items shall not be construed to require time off in connection with job interviews or preemployment physical examinations.