[Amended 9-21-1972 by Ord. No. 72-18; 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 77-64; 10-2-1978 by Ord. No. 78-79]
Each full-time classified and full-time exempt employee, except as provided in § 52-36 and except department heads, shall be entitled to the following minimum amounts of vacation with pay:
Anyone whose date of employment falls between January 1 and October 1 shall be entitled to count that period of time as a year of service.
All department heads, except as provided in § 52-36, shall be entitled to the following minimum amounts of vacation with pay:
Any department head whose date of employment falls between January 1 and October 1 shall be entitled to count that period of time as a year of service.
[Amended 7-1-1974 by Ord. No. 74-17]
Because of the emergency nature of the work of the Police Department and the fact that members cannot be given normal holiday allowance, each member of the Police Department shall be entitled to five working days' vacation leave per year with pay, in addition to the amount of vacation leave with pay allowed in the schedule set forth in § 52-35.
Vacation leave shall be considered to be on a calendar-year basis. However, in the event that an employee terminates his municipal service prior to the first day of June in any year, he shall not be entitled to any vacation for that year.
[Amended 3-21-1966 by Ord. No. 66-7]
Full-time temporary employees shall not be eligible for vacation leave unless they have been so employed for six consecutive months or more. Permanent part-time employees with one year's service and a minimum of 21 hours of work per week shall be eligible for a vacation leave equal to their regularly scheduled workweek, but not to exceed 30 hours. Part-time employees with less than 21 hours per week shall not be eligible for vacation leave. New probationary employees shall be entitled to 10 working days of vacation leave for the year if they were hired prior to March 1 and five working days of vacation leave for the year if they are hired after March 1 and prior to June 1. If they are hired after June 1, they are not eligible for any vacation leave that year.
[Amended 10-20-1980 by Ord. No. 80-144]
Vacation leave earned in accordance with § 52-35 above shall not accumulate except as provided herein and shall be used by each employee within the calendar year in which it is earned. Vacation leave, subject to the advance approval of the department head, may be taken from time to time in units of full days. Vacation leave in units of less than full days may be taken only with the advanced approval of the Township Manager. Where in any calendar year the vacation leave or any part thereof is not granted by the Township by reason of pressure of Township business, such vacation leave or parts thereof not granted shall accumulate when approved by the Township Manager and shall be available for use by the employee the next succeeding calendar year only.
[Amended 2-18-1985 by Ord. No. 85-233]
At the time of separation from service, an employee shall be entitled to any full days' vacation pay accumulated and not previously used.
The foregoing provisions notwithstanding, no part-time employee hired after September 1, 1984, shall be entitled to receive any vacation leave benefits pursuant to this chapter.
[Added 10-1-1984 by Ord. No. 84-225]
[Added 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 77-64]
A full-time employee who is required to serve on jury duty shall receive up to two weeks' leave for said purpose with pay, provided that prompt notice of the requirement to serve is provided to the Township Manager and he shall have the opportunity to take the necessary steps to seek to excuse essential employees from such service. An employee receiving wages from the Township during jury duty service shall remit to the Township all compensation received for the jury service.
As used in this section, "sick leave" means paid leave that may be granted to each full-time classified and full-time exempt actively working Township employee who through sickness or injury becomes incapacitated to a degree that makes it impossible for him to perform the duties of his position or who is quarantined by a physician because he has been exposed to a contagious disease.
[Amended 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 77-64]
A certificate from the Township Physician or the employee's own physician may be required as sufficient proof of the need for sick leave. In case of sick leave due to a contagious disease or exposure to same, a certificate from the Township Department of Health shall be required.
Full-time employees shall accumulate sick leave on the basis of 12 days of sick leave per year. Employees hired prior to March 1 will be entitled to 12 days of sick time that year. Employees hired after March 1 and prior to July 1 shall be entitled to six days of sick leave for that year, and employees hired after July 1 shall be entitled to 1/2 day of sick leave per full month of employment between July 1 and December 31 of that year.
[Amended 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 77-64]
Sick leave can be accumulated without limit during each employee's length of service. At the time of separation from service, as a result of retirement or a work-connected disability, an employee shall receive accumulated maximum sick leave of 60 days prior to date of retirement, so as to coincide with date of retirement. The employee shall be entitled to terminal leave on the basis of full days of sick leave accumulated and not previously used. Sick leave benefits shall be payable on a biweekly basis or, at the option of the Township, in one or more lump sum payments at its discretion. In the event of the death of an employee, said benefits shall be payable in a lump sum to his spouse, if still living at the time of the employee's death; and in the event that the spouse predeceases the employee, the same shall be payable to the surviving children, in equal shares; and in the event that the employee dies without survival of children, benefits shall be payable to his estate.
[Amended 3-21-1966 by Ord. No. 66-7; 2-16-1970 by Ord. No. 70-2; 8-13-1973 by Ord. No. 73-21; 10-18-1976 by Ord. No. 76-25]
Accumulated sick leave may be used by an employee for personal illness, illness in his immediate family which requires his attendance upon the ill person, quarantine restrictions, pregnancy or disabling injuries. The term "immediate family" for the purposes of this subsection shall mean and refer only to the employee's spouse, child, parent or unmarried brother or sister.
[Added 3-21-1966 by Ord. No. 66-7; amended 2-16-1970 by Ord. No. 70-2; 8-13-1973 by Ord. No. 73-21]
Any unused sick leave accumulated at December 31, 1965, shall be payable in the manner prescribed by the ordinance in effect at that time. Any unused sick leave accumulated from January 1, 1966 through December 31, 1969, shall be payable in the manner prescribed by the ordinance in effect at that time. Any unused sick leave accumulated from January 1, 1970, through December 31, 1972, shall be payable in the manner prescribed by the ordinance in effect at that time.
When a full-time Township employee is injured in the line of duty, the Council may, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:11-8, pass a resolution giving the employee up to one year's leave of absence with pay. When such action is taken, the employee shall not be charged any sick leave time for time lost due to such particular injury.
Editor's Note: N.J.S.A. 40:11-8 was repealed by P.L. 1971, c. 200, and the current provision is N.J..S.A. 40A:9-7.
Following the passage of a resolution referred to in Subsection A hereof, a contract shall be executed between the employee and the Township, setting forth that the employee shall reimburse the Township from moneys he may receive as workmen's compensation, temporary benefits or from possible legal settlement from or judgment against the person or persons responsible for the injury.
[Amended 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 77-64]
Maternity leave may be granted up to one year, provided that the request for such leave is made in writing to the department head not later than the fourth month of pregnancy. Requests for maternity leave must be favorably endorsed by the department head and approved by the Township Manager before becoming effective. Such leave, if granted, shall be without pay.
Any full-time employee who is a member of the National Guard, Air National Guard or a reserve component of any of the Armed Forces of the United States and is required to engage in field training shall be granted a military leave of absence with pay for the period of such training as is authorized by law. Such paid leave of absence shall be in addition to his vacation.
When an employee, not on probation, has been called to active duty or inducted into the military or naval forces of the United States, he shall automatically be granted an indefinite leave of absence without pay for the duration of such active military service. Each employee may be reinstated without loss of privileges or seniority, provided that he reports for duty with the Township within 90 days following his honorable discharge from military service.
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection B, any full-time permanent employee who is called to active duty for any military action involving the Country of Iraq shall be entitled to leave with differential pay, meaning the difference between the municipal salary and military pay. The employee will be considered on paid leave of absence for pension and health benefit coverage. Such leave shall cease upon discharge from active service, and the employee shall be required to return to employment immediately upon release.
[Added 2-18-1991 by Ord. No. 91-377; amended 4-21-2003 by Ord. No. 03-592]
An employee who voluntarily continues his military service beyond the time when he may be released or who voluntarily reenters the military service shall be considered as having abandoned his employment and resigned.
An eligible employee shall be entitled to leave with differential pay for up to 180 days, unless such period of leave is extended by resolution adopted by the governing body.
An eligible employee's entitlement to leave with differential pay shall be limited to only two voluntary tours of service for military action.
[Added 6-20-2005 by Ord. No. 05-630]
[Amended 1-9-1978 by Ord. No. 77-64]
In lieu of overtime compensation, an employee may be granted leave with pay as compensation for overtime work, provided that the same is not specifically prohibited by federal or state law or otherwise provided in a collective bargaining agreement to which the employee is subject. The Township Manager shall determine whether overtime shall be compensated for by the granting of compensatory leave or payment in cash. Compensatory leave, when granted, must be scheduled and used within 90 days from the time earned, unless otherwise approved by the Township Manager.
Compensation leave shall be granted on the same basis as overtime compensation, namely, only for that time worked in excess of the regular 40 hours during one week. When an employee works a prescribed workweek of less than 40 hours, compensatory leave shall be granted on an hour-for-hour basis up to 40 hours, at which time the regular overtime compensation policy would take effect.
Leave with pay, not exceeding three days, shall be granted by the Township Manager to any employee in either the full-time classified or full-time exempt service in the event of a death in his immediate family. The term "immediate family" for the purpose of this section shall include only: the employee's spouse, child, parent, brother or sister; the child, parent, brother or sister of his spouse; or a relative living under the same roof.
Leave without pay shall be granted only to a full-time classified or full-time exempt employee. Normally, it shall be granted only when the employee has used his accumulated sick and vacation leave in the case of illness, or his vacation leave if leave without pay is requested for reasons other than illness. Written request for leave without pay must be initiated by the employee, favorably endorsed by his department head and approved by the Township Manager before becoming effective. Such leave, except for military leave without pay, shall not be approved for a period longer than six months at one time. The Township Manager may extend such leave for an additional six months or any portion thereof.
A request for any type of leave, except sick leave or death leave, shall be made on a form prescribed by the Township Manager. Such request, whenever possible, shall be made far enough in advance to permit approval and at the same time to permit coverage for the particular employment so that municipal services shall not suffer. In the case of sick leave, the employee shall notify his department head immediately if he is unable to report for work.