Military Leave With Pay
Ordered Military Duty: Ordered military duty shall mean any military duty performed in the service of the state or the United States, including but not limited to service schools conducted by the armed forces of the United States. Such duty, performed for a period or periods not exceeding a total of 30 days in any one calendar year, shall be deemed ordered military duty regardless of whether the orders are issued with the consent of the employee.
Leave of Absence: An employee who receives orders for active military duty shall be entitled to absent himself or herself from duties and shall be deemed to have a leave of absence with pay for the period of such ordered military duty, and while going to and returning from such duty, not to exceed a total of 18 work days in any one calendar year and not exceeding 18 work days in any one continuous period of absence (as authorized by Georgia Law O.C.G.A. 382-279[e]). At the expiration of the maximum paid leave time, continued absence by the employee shall be considered as military leave without pay. The employee shall be required to submit a copy of orders to active duty.
Emergency Leave of Absence: Notwithstanding the foregoing leave limitation of 18 days, in the event the governor declares an emergency and orders an employee to state active duty as a member of the National Guard, such employee while performing such duty shall be paid his or her salary or other compensation as an employee for a period not exceeding 30 days in any one calendar year and not exceeding 30 days in any one continuous period of such state active duty service.
Payment of Annual Leave: After an employee has exhausted his or her paid military leave, an institution may pay the employee for his or her accumulated vacation leave.
Military Leave Without Pay
Periods of absence for military duty in the service of the state or the United States of America for 30 days or more, but not exceeding six calendar months, shall be treated as leave without pay. No employee shall be entitled to absent himself or herself in excess of a total of six months during any four-year period, except in the case of declared emergency.
Military leave without pay shall be granted when a regular employee voluntarily enlists, or is ordered to active service with any branch of the armed forces of the United States for the initial period of such service. Upon completion of active service, such employees shall be restored to their former position upon request, or, at the discretion of the university, to one of similar status with all privileges of accumulated seniority, salary increase, etc., provided:
- Discharge is under conditions other than dishonorable
- Reinstatement is requested within 90 days after discharge or separation from active duty
If as a result of military service, employees are not physically or mentally qualified to perform the duties of their former position or one of like status, the university shall offer employment in a position at a level which their physical or mental condition will permit them to perform at the established rate of compensation for that position.