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SENATE BILL NO. 1463, As Amended
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STATE EMPLOYEES - SICK LEAVE - Amends existing law to increase the maximum
amount of sick leave that may be counted for determining the monetary value
of unused sick leave for retirement purposes for state employees with ten
or more years of service.
02/13 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to printing
02/16 Rpt prt - to Com/HuRes
02/27 Rpt out - to 14th Ord
03/04 Rpt out amen - to engros
03/05 Rpt engros - 1st rdg - to 2nd rdg as amen
03/06 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg as amen
03/09 3rd rdg as amen - PASSED - 17-15-3
AYES--Andreason, Crow, Danielson, Darrington, Deide, Frasure, Hansen,
Hawkins, Ingram, Keough, McLaughlin, Noh, Riggs, Schroeder, Stennett,
NAYS--Boatright, Branch, Bunderson, Burtenshaw, Cameron, Geddes,
Ipsen, King, Lee, Parry, Richardson, Risch, Sandy, Thorne, Twiggs
Absent and excused--Dunklin, Sorensen, Whitworth
Floor Sponsor - Frasure
Held for reconsideration - motion to reconsider failed
Title apvd - to House
03/11 House intro - 1st rdg as amen - to Approp
|||| LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ||||
Fifty-fourth Legislature Second Regular Session - 1998
IN THE SENATE
SENATE BILL NO. 1463, As Amended
BY TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE
1 AN ACT
2 RELATING TO USE OF UNUSED SICK LEAVE BY STATE EMPLOYEES; AMENDING SECTION
3 67-5339, IDAHO CODE, TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF SICK LEAVE THAT MAY
4 BE COUNTED FOR DETERMINING THE MONETARY VALUE OF UNUSED SICK LEAVE FOR
5 RETIREMENT PURPOSES FOR EMPLOYEES WITH A CERTAIN LONGEVITY; AND PROVIDING
6 AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
7 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho:
8 SECTION 1. That Section 67-5339, Idaho Code, be, and the same is hereby
9 amended to read as follows:
10 67-5339. USE OF UNUSED SICK LEAVE. (1) Upon separation from state employ-
11 ment by retirement in accordance with chapter 13, title 59 or chapter 1, title
12 33, Idaho Code, an employee's unused sick leave shall be determined based on
13 accumulated sick leave earned subsequent to July 1, 1976, and shall be
14 reported by the employer to the public employee retirement system. A sum equal
15 to one-half (1/2), or the maximum amount allowed by subsection (2) hereof,
16 whichever is the lesser, of the monetary value of such unused sick leave, cal-
17 culated at the rate of pay for such employee at the time of retirement, shall
18 be transferred from the sick leave account provided by subsection (3) of this
19 section and shall be credited to such employee's retirement account. Such sums
20 shall be used by the Idaho Public Employees Retirement Board to pay premiums
21 for such group health, accident, and life insurance programs as may be main-
22 tained by the state, to the extent of the funds credited to the employee's
23 account pursuant to this section. Upon an employee's death, any unexpended
24 sums remaining in the account shall revert to the sick leave account.
25 (2) For the purposes of determining the monetary value of unused sick
26 leave, the maximum unused sick leave which may be considered, shall be:
27 (a) During the first ten thousand four hundred (10,400) hours of credited
28 state service, the maximum unused sick leave which may be considered shall
29 be one two hundred ninety-two (192)
30 forty (240) hours;
31 (b) During the second ten thousand four hundred (10,400) hours of cred-
32 ited state service, the maximum unused sick leave which may be considered
33 shall be two three hundred forty (240)
34 thirty-six (336) hours;
35 (c) During the third ten thousand four hundred (10,400) hours of credited
36 state service, the maximum unused sick leave which may be considered shall
37 be two four hundred eighty-eight (288)
38 thirty-two (432) hours; and
39 (d) Thereafter, the maximum unused sick leave which may be considered
40 shall be three five hundred thirty-six
41 (336) twenty-eight (528) hours.
42 (3) Each employer in state government shall contribute to a sick leave
43 account maintained by the public employee retirement system exclusively for
1 the purpose of the provisions of this section. The rate of such contribution
2 each pay period shall consist of a percentage of employees' salaries as deter-
3 mined by the board, and such rate shall remain in effect until next determined
4 by the board. Any excess balance in the sick leave account shall be invested,
5 and the earnings therefrom shall accrue to the sick leave account except the
6 amount required by the board to defray administrative expenses. All moneys
7 payable to the sick leave account are hereby perpetually appropriated to the
8 board, and shall not be included in its departmental budget.
9 SECTION 2. This act shall be in full force and effect on and after July
10 1, 1999.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
The purpose of this legislation is to increase the number of
hours of unused sick leave available to help pay for health
insurance benefits upon retirement. By allowing increased
use of unused sick leave, state employee will have more
incentive to remain on the job. Under current law, once an
employee reaches the cap, unused hours are lost for the
purpose of premium payments upon retirement.
Raising the limits will add .35% of pay to the cost of the
unused sick leave benefit. It will increase the cost from
.65% of pay to 1.00% of pay. This compares to the rate of
1.15% for school employees who have unlimited accrual.
Effective July 1, 1997, salaries covered by the State unused
sick leave program were $511,439,000. Therefore the
additional cost of .35% of salaries would be $1,790,036.
General fund portion at 59% = $1,059,164.
CONTACT: Evan Frasure