2005 Regular Session
To: Fees and Salaries of Public Officers; Appropriations
By: Representative Pierce
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 25-3-93, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO PROHIBIT STATE AGENCIES FROM CHARGING PERSONAL LEAVE TO EMPLOYEES WHO ARE RESPONDING TO AN EMERGENCY CALL AS A VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER; TO AMEND SECTION 25-3-92, MISSISSIPPI CODE OF 1972, TO AUTHORIZE STATE AGENCIES TO GRANT ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE TO EMPLOYEES WHO ARE RESPONDING TO AN EMERGENCY CALL AS A VOLUNTEER FIRE FIGHTER; AND FOR RELATED PURPOSES.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI:
SECTION 1. Section 25-3-92, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
25-3-92. (1) When, in the opinion of the appointing authority, it is essential that a state employee work after normal working hours, the employee may receive credit for compensatory leave. Except as otherwise provided in Section 37-13-89, when, in the opinion of the appointing authority, it is essential that a state employee work during an official state holiday, the employee shall receive credit for compensatory leave.
(2) State employees may be granted administrative leave with pay. For the purposes of this section, "administrative leave" means discretionary leave with pay, other than personal leave or major medical leave.
(a) The appointing authority may grant administrative leave to any employee serving as a witness or juror or party litigant, as verified by the clerk of the court, in addition to any fees paid for such services, and such services or necessary appearance in any court shall not be counted as personal leave.
(b) The Governor or the appointing authority may grant administrative leave with pay to state employees on a local or statewide basis in the event of extreme weather conditions or in the event of a manmade, technological or natural disaster or emergency.
(c) The appointing authority may grant administrative leave with pay to any employee who is a certified disaster service volunteer of the American Red Cross who participates in specialized disaster relief services for the American Red Cross in this state and in states contiguous to this state when the American Red Cross requests the employee's participation. The appointing authority may grant administrative leave with pay to any employee who is a volunteer fire fighter responding to a call for emergency services. Administrative leave granted under this paragraph shall not exceed twenty (20) days in any twelve-month period. An employee on leave under this paragraph shall not be deemed to be an employee of the state for purposes of workers' compensation or for purposes of claims against the state allowed under Chapter 46, Title 11, Mississippi Code of 1972. As used in this paragraph, the term "disaster" includes disasters designated at level II and above in American Red Cross national regulations and procedures.
SECTION 2. Section 25-3-93, Mississippi Code of 1972, is amended as follows:
25-3-93. (1) (a) Except as provided in subsection (1)(b), all employees and appointed officers of the State of Mississippi, who are employees as defined in Section 25-3-91, shall be allowed credit for personal leave computed as follows:
Continuous Accrual Rate Accrual Rate
Service (Monthly) (Annually)
1 month to 3 years 12 hours per month 18 days per year
37 months to 8 years 14 hours per month 21 days per year
97 months to 15 years 16 hours per month 24 days per year
Over 15 years 18 hours per month 27 days per year
However, employees who were hired prior to July 1, 1984, who have continuous service of more than five (5) years but not more than eight (8) years shall accrue fifteen (15) hours of personal leave each month.
(b) Temporary employees who work less than a full workweek and part-time employees shall be allowed credit for personal leave computed on a pro rata basis. Faculty members employed by the eight (8) public universities on a nine-month contract, temporary employees of the public universities who work less than twenty (20) hours per week for a period of less than five (5) months during a fiscal year, and recipients of full-time educational leave, while on such leave, shall not be eligible for personal leave.
(2) For the purpose of computing credit for personal leave, each appointed officer or employee shall be considered to work not more than five (5) days each week. Leaves of absence granted by the appointing authority for one (1) year or less shall be permitted without forfeiting previously accumulated continuous service. The provisions of this section shall not apply to military leaves of absence. The time for taking personal leave, except when such leave is taken due to an illness, shall be determined by the appointing authority of which such employees are employed.
(3) For the purpose of Sections 25-3-91 through 25-3-99, the earned personal leave of each employee shall be credited monthly after the completion of each calendar month of service, and the appointing authority shall not increase the amount of personal leave to an employee's credit. It shall be unlawful for an appointing authority to grant personal leave in an amount greater than was earned and accumulated by the officer or employee.
(4) Employees are encouraged to use earned personal leave. Personal leave may be used for vacations and personal business as scheduled by the appointing authority and shall be used for illnesses of the employee requiring absences of one (1) day or less. Accrued personal or compensatory leave shall be used for the first day of an employees illness requiring his absence of more than one (1) day. Accrued personal or compensatory leave may also be used for an illness in the employee's immediate family as defined in Section 25-3-95. There shall be no limit to the accumulation of personal leave. Upon termination of employment each employee shall be paid for not more than thirty (30) days of accumulated personal leave. Unused personal leave in excess of thirty (30) days shall be counted as creditable service for the purposes of the retirement system as provided in Sections 25-11-103 and 25-13-5.
(5) Any officer of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol who is injured by wound or accident in the line of duty shall not be required to use earned personal leave during the period of recovery from such injury.
Any volunteer fire fighter who is responding to a call for emergency services shall not be required to use earned personal leave during the period of time that he is providing such emergency services.
(6) Any employee may donate a portion of his or her earned personal leave to another employee who is suffering from a catastrophic injury or illness, or to another employee who has a member of his or her immediate family who is suffering from a catastrophic injury or illness, in accordance with subsection (8) of Section 25-3-95.
This subsection shall stand repealed from and after July 1, 2007.
SECTION 3. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after July 1, 2005.