15.62 ATHLETIC LEAVE OF ABSENCE.
Subdivision 1. Definitions.
For the purposes of this section, the terms defined in this
subdivision shall have the meanings here given them:
(a) "public employee" has the meaning given it in section
(b) "team" includes any group leader, coach, official or athlete who comprise the official
delegation of the United States to world or Olympic competition.
Subd. 2. Public employee.
A public employee who qualifies as a member of a United States
team for athletic competition on the world championship, Pan American, or Olympic team in a
sport sanctioned by the International Olympic Committee, may be granted a leave of absence
without loss of pay or other benefits or rights for the purpose of preparing for and engaging in the
competition. In no event shall the paid leave under this section exceed the period of the official
training camp and competition combined or 90 calendar days a year, whichever is less.
Subd. 3. Political subdivision employee.
If the public employee granted the leave is an
employee of a school district, university system or other political subdivision, the employer is
responsible for the actual cost of employing a substitute.
History: 1977 c 354 s 1; 1979 c 208 s 1; 1984 c 462 s 27; 1984 c 544 s 3; 1984 c 642 s
8; 1Sp1985 c 17 s 2; 2003 c 112 art 1 s 1,2