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(a) Appointing authorities in state government may allow each employee to take unpaid
leaves of absence for up to 1,040 hours between June 1, 2003, and June 30, 2005. The 1,040
hour limit replaces, and is not in addition to, limits set in prior laws. Each appointing authority
approving such a leave shall allow the employee to continue accruing vacation and sick leave,
be eligible for paid holidays and insurance benefits, accrue seniority, and accrue service credit
and credited salary in the state retirement plans as if the employee had actually been employed
during the time of leave. An employee covered by the unclassified plan may voluntarily make
the employee contributions to the unclassified plan during the leave of absence. If the employee
makes these contributions, the appointing authority must make the employer contribution. If the
leave of absence is for one full pay period or longer, any holiday pay shall be included in the first
payroll warrant after return from the leave of absence. The appointing authority shall attempt
to grant requests for the unpaid leaves of absence consistent with the need to continue efficient
operation of the agency. However, each appointing authority shall retain discretion to grant or
refuse to grant requests for leaves of absence and to schedule and cancel leaves, subject to the
applicable provisions of collective bargaining agreements and compensation plans.
(b) To receive eligible service credit and credited salary in a defined benefit plan, the member
shall pay an amount equal to the applicable employee contribution rates. If an employee pays the
employee contribution for the period of the leave under this section, the appointing authority must
pay the employer contribution. The appointing authority may, at its discretion, pay the employee
contributions. Contributions must be made in a time and manner prescribed by the executive
director of the Minnesota State Retirement Association.
History: 1Sp2003 c 1 art 2 s 130

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