Article 24 – Military Leave

The following provisions regarding military service will apply to all full-time employees covered by this Agreement:

A. Training

1. Any full time regularly appointed employee who is a member of a military reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States (including the National Guard) shall be entitled to a leave of absence with pay for the usual prescribed training period not to exceed fifteen (15) days per year. Such leaves shall not be charged against vacation time. The employee must give the supervisor two (2) weeks advance notice of such leave and must present to the supervisor a copy of the official government orders authorizing the military training.

B. Military Leave for Active Duty

1. Any full time employee, employed by Rutgers for one year or more, who is a member of the military (including the National Guard) shall be entitled to leave of absence with pay on all days during which he or she shall be engaged in any period of State or Federal active duty, not exceeding ninety (90) work days in the aggregate in any calendar year. Any leave of absence for such duty in excess of ninety (90) work days shall be without pay but without loss of time as set forth in paragraph B.4. below. Any leave of absence for such duty for a full time employee of Rutgers of less than one year shall be without pay but without loss of time as set forth in paragraph B.4. below.

2. In the case where a service-connected disability prevents the employee from returning to work within the time prescribed by law for applying for reemployment, the employee may request that the leave be extended. Upon submitting to Rutgers substantiating medical evidence a six (6) month leave extension may be granted in accordance with the standards governing such extensions set forth in the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act. The total of such extension shall not exceed twenty-four (24) months from the date of separation from the military except where required by law.

3. Upon reemployment, the returning veteran employee’s salary shall be adjusted to reflect any normal increments or general adjustments the employee would have received had the employee continued to work for Rutgers.

4. Sick and vacation leave days will not accrue during the military service but the time will count as University Service in applying sick or vacation leave accrual rates upon return to University service. Military leave service shall be included in the calculation of seniority pursuant to Article 42 of this Agreement.

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