1998 Regular Session
To: Fees, Salaries and Administration
By: Senator(s) Gordon
Senate Bill 2969
(As Sent to Governor)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 25-3-97, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROVIDE THAT ALL ACCRUED LEAVE EARNED BY PUBLIC EMPLOYEES SHALL BE TRANSFERRABLE BETWEEN OR AMONG ANY AND ALL STATE AGENCIES, JUNIOR COLLEGES AND SENIOR COLLEGES; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 25-3-97, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
25-3-97. (1) All organizations shall keep accurate records of the leave accumulated and used by the officers and employees thereof.
(2) The appointing authority in nonstate service agencies within the meaning of Section 25-9-107 will develop rules for proper maintenance of leave records. The rules shall include provisions which shall keep the employee informed on a monthly basis as to his accumulated leave balances. For accounting purposes an employee's anniversary date is the date of employment to full-time permanent or provisional service in state government.
(3) The appointing authority in nonstate service agencies, in conjunction with the State Fiscal Officer, will develop rules for the final payment of accrued leave at such time that an employee leaves state employment. At no time will an employee be paid for accrued leave while still employed in state service, except that major medical leave pay may be made as heretofore provided. No payment will be made for accrued major medical leave except that an employee who presents medical evidence that his physical condition is such that he can no longer work in a capacity of state government may be paid for not more than one hundred twenty (120) days of earned major medical leave.
(4) The State Fiscal Officer, before issuing a warrant to any of said employees for the payment of his salary, shall be furnished by each appointing authority any reports as required by the State Fiscal Officer as to absences in the department. The appointing authority shall make the required deduction from the salary as indicated on the affidavit in submitting their payroll requisitions to the Department of Finance and Administration, or if the State Fiscal Officer learns of such excessive absence from some other source, he is empowered to make such deduction, unless such absence shall have been for official business, personal leave, or by the permission of the Governor previously obtained. The State Fiscal Officer may promulgate rules on reporting absences in the agencies.
(5) All accrued leave, both major medical and personal leave, earned by employees shall be transferrable between or among any and all state agencies, junior colleges and senior colleges.
Each appointing authority shall be furnished a statement of accrued leave at the time of transfer by an employee.
(6) Should an employee die having accumulated personal leave as provided in Section 25-3-93, the wages or salary which would have been paid to such employee during his leave shall be paid to the person designated by such employee for this purpose or, in the absence of such designation, to the beneficiary of such employee as recorded with the Public Employees' Retirement System. Accumulated leave shall be considered for the purpose of Sections 25-3-91 through 25-3-99 as wages or salary earned and not paid.
SECTION 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 1998.