Section 26.3 Rules Applicable to Employees in Negotiating Units - August 10, 1993
TO: State Departments and Agencies
The following material describes the new or revised attendance and
leave provisions contained in the 1991-1995 agreement negotiated with
the Public Employees Federation for employees in the PS&T Unit.
If you have any questions concerning this material, contact the Employee
Relations Section of this Department at (518) 457-2295.
Article 12.15 - Leave for Professional Meetings
The maximum allowable number of days without charge to leave credits an employee may request to attend conferences or seminars of recognized professional organizations has been increased from two to three, effective beginning with fiscal year 1993-1994. Absences under this provision may be restricted to five percent of the profession in the operating unit. This is a change from the ten percent restriction in the 1988-1991 agreement. Approval of such leave, which is at the discretion of the appointing authority, will be based on a determination by the appointing authority that (1) the activity to be undertaken will directly benefit the agency, and (2) the absence will not interfere with the proper conduct of governmental functions.
Employing agencies continue to have the ability to direct attendance
at professional conferences or seminars in excess of three days annually
where attendance is in the nature of a duty assignment.
Voluntary Reduction in Work Schedule (VRWS)
Effective June 3, 1993, for Administrative payrolls and June 10,
1993, for Institution payrolls, PS&T unit employees became eligible
to participate in the VRWS program. Guidelines for this program are
contained in Attendance and Leave Manual Advisory Memorandum No.93-02 dated June 23, 1993.
Workers' Compensation Medical Evaluation Program
The workers' compensation benefits for PEF-represented employees changed from the Supplemental Pay Program to the Medical Evaluation Program for accidents /incidents occurring on or after July 1, 1993. This new Workers' Compensation Medical Evaluation program is explained in Attendance and Leave Manual Policy Bulletin #93-04 dated June 23, 1993.
PS&T unit employees became eligible to participate in the Leave Donation Program effective May 12, 1993. This program is identical to that established for Council 82- and CSEA-represented employees and for those designated Managerial/Confidential. These programs all provide for donations both within and across bargaining units for those employed at the same agency or facility. In administering this program, agencies, should follow the guidelines established for the CSEA Leave Donation Program (see the Attendance and Leave Manual Policy Bulletin No. 92-02 [01-02], dated July 30, 1992 [March 23, 2001]). A comprehensive memorandum on the Leave Donation Program applicable to all bargaining units will be issued this fall.