Under the State of Kansas shared leave program, an employee may be eligible to receive donations of leave when they or a family member experience a serious, extreme, or life-threatening illness, injury, impairment or physical or mental condition which:
It does not include common illness or minor injury that is not serious, extreme or life-threatening.
Family member, defined in K.A.R. 1-9-5(e)(2), is limited to persons related to the employee by blood, marriage, or adoption, and minors residing in the employee's residence as a result of court proceedings pursuant to the Kansas code for care of children or the Kansas juvenile offenders code.
To be eligible for shared leave, classified and unclassified employees must:
To request shared leave, you must complete a State of Kansas Shared Leave Request Form. The patient should complete an Authorization for Release of Medical Information form and give to their health care provider with a Health Care Provider Statement. Return all forms to HRS.
The shared leave request is reviewed by the Shared Leave Review Committee. The committee sends its recommendation to the Appointing Authority for final approval or denial. The Appointing Authority's action is not subject to appeal.
When an employee is approved for shared leave, the maximum duration of shared leave shall be six (6) months. When the shared leave is granted due to the illness or injury of a family member, the maximum duration of the shared leave shall be six (6) months from the date the employee began using the shared leave.
When a request for shared leave is approved, Human Resource Services sends a notice to eligible donors. Eligible donors complete a State of Kansas Shared Leave Donation Form to donate leave.
Classified and unclassified employees may donate sick leave if they have a sick leave balance of 480 hours after donating sick leave. Classified employees may donate vacation leave if they have a vacation leave balance of 80 hours after donating vacation leave.
Employees who are separating from state service are exempt from the regulations minimum leave balance requirements. These donations can only be donated at the time of separation. Classified employees may donate sick leave and vacation leave to unclassified employees eligible for the State of Kansas Shared Leave Program. Unclassified employees eligible for the State of Kansas Shared Leave Program may donate sick leave to classified employees. Classified and unclassified employees eligible for the State of Kansas Shared Leave Program may also donate to employees in other state agencies.
Classified and unclassified employees eligible for the State of Kansas Shared Leave Program may not donate leave to, or receive donations of leave from, unclassified employees in the KNEA Shared Leave Program.