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H.B. 382

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PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT ACT AMENDMENTS

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1997 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Sponsor: Kevin S. Garn

5    AN ACT RELATING TO PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT; MODIFYING REQUIREMENTS
6    RELATING TO SICK LEAVE; CREATING AN AWARD PROGRAM; AND MAKING
7    TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS.
8    This act affects sections of Utah Code Annotated 1953 as follows:
9    AMENDS:
10         67-19-14, as last amended by Chapter 164, Laws of Utah 1993
11    Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
12        Section 1. Section 67-19-14 is amended to read:
13         67-19-14. Sick leave -- Unused sick days -- Early retirement program.
14        (1) The director shall, as an incentive to reduce sick leave abuse, make rules governing
15    procedures whereby, after an employee has accumulated [18] 30 unused sick leave days, any sick
16    days accumulated during any calendar year in excess of [eight] five, at the option of that employee,
17    may be carried as "converted sick leave," which the employee may use at a later date as annual
18    leave, regular sick leave, or as paid-up health and medical insurance at the time of retirement on
19    the basis of the payment by the employing department of one month's premium for each day of
20    accumulated sick leave.
21        (2) (a) (i) The director shall make rules for the governance of an early retirement program.
22        (ii) Employing departments may offer an early retirement option to an employee.
23        (iii) Employee participation in the early retirement program shall be entirely voluntary.
24        (iv) An employee must be eligible for retirement benefits to qualify for the program.
25        (b) (i) (A) The program shall provide for a "Governor's Silver Service Award" of cash
26    value to be awarded to employees qualifying under Subsection (2)(a)(iv).
27        (B) The cash award shall be determined by fund availability.


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




Legislative Review Note
    as of 2-10-97 7:19 AM


A limited legal review of this bill raises no obvious constitutional or statutory concerns.

Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel


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