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Article7: Sick Leave

ARTICLE 7

Sick Leave

Section 1. (A) SICK LEAVE BANK - Full time employees who are employed as of the signing of this Agreement shall be eligible to receive their regular day/night earnings during absence due to their personal illness or injury for a period of up to six (6) months/nine hundred and ten (910) hours. Any unused portion of their sick leave bank will be carried over to the following year. For every unused sick leave hour, up to thirty (30) days/two hundred and ten (210) hours of the hours carried over, .3333 hours is accrued and applied toward the following years sick leave bank up to a maximum of six (6) months/nine hundred and ten (910) hours of sick leave. If an employee exhausts their sick leave they will be given ten (10) days the following year to use or earn towards accruing a sick leave bank as outlined above.

An employee shall not accrue vacation when out on sick leave after thirty (30) days or two hundred and ten (210) hours of cumulative sick leave. 

An employee who is out sick may be required to furnish a health care provider’s statement indicating both the diagnosis and prognosis for the illness and may be required to provide a Fitness for Duty certification before returning to work after paid sick leave. The employee may also be required to undergo a medical examination by the Publisher-selected physician, at the Publisher’s expense, to verify the disability or to determine the employee’s ability to return to work. 

The Publisher shall continue to make the usual contributions toward health, dental and life insurance premiums, if any, as well as pension during the sick leave. An employee remains financially responsible for payroll deductions such as voluntary insurance premiums and other deductions.

(B) SICK LEAVE – Any full-time employee who is employed after the signing of this agreement and has been employed for at least six (6) months shall be eligible to receive their regular day/night earnings during absence due to illness or injury for a period of up to thirty (30) days in each payroll year less vacations, holidays and other paid leave due in the period. An employee who has been out sick may be required to furnish a health care provider’s statement indicating both the diagnosis and prognosis for the illness and may be required to provide a Fitness for Duty certification before returning to work after sick leave. The employee may also be required to undergo a medical examination by the Publisher-selected physician, at the Publisher’s expense, to verify the disability or to determine the employee’s ability to return to work. An employee shall not accrue vacation when out on sick leave after thirty (30) days of sick leave. Sick leave shall not be carried over to the following year. Employees terminating employment with, or who is terminated by, the Publisher shall not be compensated for remaining sick time.

SHORT TERM DISABILITY – Whenever it appears likely that the thirty (30) day sick leave benefit may be exceeded, the eligible employee may apply for short term disability to be paid at a rate of fifty percent (50%) of their regular day/night earnings for a period of up to twenty (20) weeks. There will be a seven (7) day waiting period before short term disability becomes effective which shall be taken as vacation, holiday, or personal time the employee has accrued or if there is no paid time off available as leave without pay. 

The Publisher shall make every effort to provide light duty when available for no longer than three (3) weeks. Light duty may consist of reduced hours and/or limited task assignments and is at the discretion of the Publisher. Employees unable to return to full-time work after the end of the twenty (20) week period will be deemed to have resigned. At the Publisher’s discretion, exceptions may be made.

The Publisher shall continue to make the usual contributions toward health, dental and life insurance premiums, if any,as well as pension during the sick leave and short term disability period. An employee remains financially responsible for payroll deductions such as voluntary insurance premiums and other deductions. Procedures, eligibility, claims and administration of the short term disability plan shall be subject to the conditions of the insurance carrier.

(C) LONG TERM DISABILITY – Any eligible full-time employee found, by medical experts satisfactory to the Publisher and/or the insurance carrier, to be disabled will be entitled to disability leave pay at sixty (60) percent of the employee's net straight-time earnings. The sixty (60) percent of straight-time earnings shall be subject to deduction of any Social Security, Worker's Compensation, or retirement benefits applicable to disability. Procedures, eligibility, claims and administration of the long term disability plan shall be subject to the conditions of the insurance carrier.

(D) WORKERS COMPENSATION – If an employee receives workers’ compensation benefits for lost wages, the employee shall notify the Publisher. Sick leave will be used to supplement any such payment an employee is eligible to receive. The combination of any such workers’ compensation benefits and sick leave benefits cannot exceed the employee’s regular straight time weekly earnings.

Section 2. No deductions shall be made for sick leaves for overtime credited or to be credited to an employee. The sole exception shall be that employees who are absent from their work due to illness, for part of one day, report for duty and complete a day's work, shall not be entitled to overtime compensation for that day unless a full shift has been completed.

Section 3. All employees within the Guild’s jurisdiction and who are regularly employed full-time for six months shall be eligible to participate in the high deductible health plan (HDHP), in-network and out-of network coverage, as provided by the Publisher for themselves and their eligible family members.

The medical plan shall provide the coverage set forth in the Medical Plan Summary or comparable coverage.

 Subject to changes in the law, the Publisher shall provide a health savings account (HSA) for eligible employees to which they can make contributions towards the plan deductible. 

The annual plan deductible for in-network coverage shall be as follows:

                                                                          Single            Family

January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010

$1,200.00

$2,400.00

January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011

$1,250.00

$2,500.00

(a)    The annual plan deductible for out-of-network coverage shall be as follows: 

 

 

    Single

 Family

January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010

$2,400.00

$4,800.00

January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011

$2,450.00

$4,900.00

It shall be the responsibility of the individual employee to notify the Human Resources Department promptly of any change in his or her marital status. Failure to do so within thirty (30) days of theevent will result in the employee being billed for claims.

The Publisher will provide Delta Dental coverage or comparable coverage for those employees (and their families if they have family health insurance coverage) who are covered by group health insurance coverage described above in this section.

(A) Any eligible employee covered by other insurance who opts out of health insurance coverage shall be paid an additional twenty dollars ($20.00) per week. Opt in and opt out are limited to open enrollment period, except for qualifying conditions.

(B) The Company shall provide health insurance as outlined elsewhere in this section for employees with at least twenty (20) years of service who retire between ages sixty-two (62) and sixty-five (65); and who elect coverage under COBRA; at a fifty percent (50%) discount from the COBRA-established rates for eighteen (18) months.

Section 4. The present arrangement for group life insurance for each regular full time employee shall continue in effect, with premiums paid by the Publisher for a thirty thousand dollar ($30,000) policy for each eligible employee.

Section 5. It is understood that employees will make reasonable efforts to schedule non-emergency medical (including dental) appointments during non-working time. When such appointments cannot be so scheduled, they shall constitute sick leave.

Section 6. The Publisher shall provide for a premium conversion plan under Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code for employee contributions to health/dental premiums; to a DECAP plan; to a MEDCAP plan and a 401-K plan whose sole contributions will be employee compensation elective deferral contributions.

Section 7. The Publisher shall provide for an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP policy shall be made available to all members and shall be posted by the Publisher on Company bulletin boards as set forth in the documents submitted to the Guild on May 2, 2007. If the program discontinues or changes the terms of the EAP during the term of this agreement, the Company will either continue that EAP or provide another available EAP that is most comparable in its terms.

Section 8. Regular full-time employees who remain sick-free for a full payroll year will receive two days’ pay on or before January 31st of the following year. Likewise, those employees who are out sick or go home sick for 21 or fewer hours in a payroll year will receive one day’s pay on or before January 31st of the following year.