HR Reference Guide
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENTS
As of July 1, 2021, some State employees are covered under Collective Bargaining Agreements (CBA), see the Division of Human Resource Management, Labor Relations Unit page for more information. If you are in a job classification currently covered under a CBA, some of the terms and benefits of your employment may be different than the provisions outlined on this page. Please consult your CBA or agency's human resource for further information.
WITNESS (CIVIL LEAVE)
Civil leave (paid leave not taken from an employee's leave balances) is granted for serving as a witness based on the below criteria:
|TYPE OF LEAVE
|Employee is NOT a party to the action and NOT testifying as a function of the employee's State position.
| Civil Leave
|Employee is testifying as a function of his or her State position.
| Release Time
|Employee is a party of the action, listed on subpoena or part of "et al" (not including Employee-Management Committee or appeals hearings).
| Other (e.g., annual leave)
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Technical (step-by-step) guide: See the NEATS Timekeeping Module procedure (01.30.10) and NEATS tutorials.
When determining whether to APPROVE or REJECT a leave request or a leave entry on a timesheet, consider the following factors:
Is the reason stated for the leave an authorized use of that type of leave (in statute, regulation or policy)? Examine the employee's subpoena (or copy of) to determine which type of leave is indicated.
Do the notes (yellow sticky note image link on the timesheet) agree with the hours requested and information entered in the Additional Description: field?
Will you be violating any regulations or policies by approving or rejecting the leave?
See your agency's policies, procedures or regulations for any agency specific processes (e.g., required hard copy form). See the NEATS Handbook for applicable payroll code(s).
A witness fee may be kept, if:
A witness fee must be relinquished to the agency, if:
Travel expenses and subsistence allowances may be kept by the employee if the State has not provided payment for the same purpose.
WORK WEEK OTHER THAN 8-5, MONDAY-FRIDAY
If an employee with a work schedule other than 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday requests civil leave due to being a witness, it is recommended that you contact your agency's human resources prior to the week the employee will be using this type of civil leave.