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H.B. 382 Enrolled

    

PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT ACT AMENDMENTS

    
1997 GENERAL SESSION

    
STATE OF UTAH

    
Sponsor: Kevin S. Garn

    AN ACT RELATING TO PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT; MODIFYING REQUIREMENTS
    RELATING TO SICK LEAVE; CREATING AN AWARD PROGRAM; AND MAKING
    TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS.
    This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
    AMENDS:
         67-19-14, as last amended by Chapter 164, Laws of Utah 1993
    Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
        Section 1. Section 67-19-14 is amended to read:
         67-19-14. Sick leave -- Unused sick days -- Early retirement program.
        (1) The director shall, as an incentive to reduce sick leave abuse, make rules governing
    procedures whereby, after an employee has accumulated [18] 30 unused sick leave days, any sick
    days accumulated during any calendar year in excess of [eight] five, at the option of that employee,
    may be carried as "converted sick leave," which the employee may use at a later date as annual
    leave, regular sick leave, or as paid-up health and medical insurance at the time of retirement on
    the basis of the payment by the employing department of one month's premium for each day of
    accumulated sick leave.
        (2) (a) (i) The director shall make rules for the governance of an early retirement program.
        (ii) Employing departments may offer an early retirement option to an employee.
        (iii) Employee participation in the early retirement program shall be entirely voluntary.
        (iv) An employee must be eligible for retirement benefits to qualify for the program.
        (b) (i) (A) The program shall provide for a "Governor's Silver Service Award" of cash
    value to be awarded to employees qualifying under Subsection (2)(a)(iv).
        (B) The cash award shall be determined by fund availability.
        [(b) (i)] (ii) The program shall provide for an employee to be paid for 25% of unused
    accumulated sick leave at the employee's preretirement rate of pay.


        [(ii)] (iii) The employing department shall also provide health and life insurance benefits
    until the employee becomes eligible for Medicare, but not to exceed five years' coverage from the
    date of retirement.
        (c) An employee under the age of 60, whose unused sick leave, after the 25% cashout has
    been paid, exceeds the 60 days maximum for five-year coverage under Subsection (b), may continue
    health and life insurance at the rate of one month's coverage for each day of unused sick leave above
    the 60 days, but not to exceed coverage beyond the age eligible for Medicare.
        (d) Any costs or savings for this act shall be borne by the agency and shall not be
    appropriated by the Legislature.
        (3) (a) The director shall make rules to provide a continuation of health and dental insurance
    to the surviving spouse and family of any state employee whose death occurs in the line of duty. The
    insurance coverage shall continue for a period of five years or until the surviving spouse becomes
    eligible for Medicare, whichever comes first.
        (b) The rules shall also provide for a cashout of 25% of accumulated sick leave in the same
    manner as provided under Subsection (2)(b).
        (c) The costs of paying for the benefits under Subsections (3)(a) and (b) shall be included
    in the agency's budget request each year following the date of death of the employee.

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