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TITLE 2. GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA [8000 - 22980]

  ( Title 2 enacted by Stats. 1943, Ch. 134. )

DIVISION 5. PERSONNEL [18000 - 22980]

  ( Division 5 added by Stats. 1945, Ch. 123. )

PART 2.6. PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION [19815 - 19999.7]

  ( Part 2.6 added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 230, Sec. 55. )

CHAPTER 2.5. Days and Hours of Work [19851 - 19991.14]

  ( Chapter 2.5 added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 230, Sec. 55. )

ARTICLE 5. Nonindustrial Disability Leave [19878 - 19885]
  ( Article 5 added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 230, Sec. 55. )

19878.
  

As used in this article:

(a) “Employee” means any of the following:

(1) A permanent or probationary full-time state officer or employee, regardless of period of service, who is a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System or the State Teachers’ Retirement System in compensated employment on and after October 1, 1976. Commencing January 1, 1979, it also means a full-time state officer or employee, whether or not a member of such systems, who is an employee of the Legislature and is not a member of the civil service.

(2) A permanent or probationary part-time or intermittent state officer or employee, with at least the equivalent of six monthly compensated pay periods of service in the 18 months of pay periods immediately preceding the pay period in which the disability begins, who is a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System or the State Teachers’ Retirement System, in compensated employment on or after January 1, 1979, or a part-time or intermittent employee of the Legislature, whether or not a member of the Public Employees’ Retirement System, in compensated employment on or after January 1, 1984.

(b) “Full pay” means the gross base salary earnable by the employee, and subject to retirement contribution on the date of the commencement of his or her disability.

(c) “Disability” or “disabled” includes mental or physical illness and mental or physical injury, including any illness or injury resulting from pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical condition. An employee is deemed disabled on any day in which, because of his or her physical, mental, or medical condition, he or she is unable to perform his or her regular or customary work.

(d) “Disability benefit period”, with respect to any individual, means the continuous period of disability beginning with the first day with respect to which the individual files a valid claim for nonindustrial disability benefits. For the purposes of this article, two consecutive periods of disability due to the same or related cause or condition and separated by a period of not more than 14 days shall be considered as one disability benefit period.

(e) “Appeals board” means the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board.

If the provisions of this section are in conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that if such provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 670, Sec. 8.)

19879.
  

(a) When an employee is disabled, whether temporarily or permanently, the employee shall become entitled, subject to the provisions of this article, to receive nonindustrial disability benefits in an amount equal to one-half full pay, but not to exceed one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125) per week, payable monthly for a period not exceeding 26 weeks for any one disability benefit period, but in no case shall benefits be payable for any day on and after death or separation or retirement from state service.

(b) For purposes of this section, the “full pay” of a part-time or intermittent employee only shall be established in accordance with the following:

(1) Where the part-time employment is regularly scheduled and is a fixed proportion of the established workweek, the payments shall be determined on the basis of that proportionate part of the monthly rate.

(2) Where employment is intermittent or irregular, the payments shall be determined on the basis of the proportionate part of a monthly rate established by the total hours actually employed in the 18 monthly pay periods immediately preceding the pay period in which the disability begins as compared to the regular rate for a full-time employee in the same group or class.

(c) If the provisions of this section conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that if such provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.

(d) This section shall also apply to employees who are either excluded from the definition of a state employee in subdivision (c) of Section 3513, or are nonelected officers or employees of the executive branch of government who are not members of the civil service, except that the maximum weekly payment shall be established by regulation adopted by the department.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 109, Sec. 8. Effective January 1, 1994.)

19879.1.
  

(a) For the purpose of this section, an eligible employee is an employee defined by Section 19858.3.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this article, an eligible employee who has enrolled in the annual leave program under Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 19858.3) shall receive nonindustrial disability leave benefits in accordance with all of the following:

(1) A disabled employee shall be eligible to receive Nonindustrial Disability Insurance benefits in an amount equal to one-half full pay, 50 percent of gross salary.

(2) A disabled employee shall be eligible to receive Nonindustrial Disability Insurance benefits without being required to use any sick leave accrued under Article 3 (commencing with Section 19859) or annual leave accrued under Article 2.5 (commencing with Section 19858.3) unless the employee, in his or her sole discretion, elects to use sick leave or annual leave in lieu of receiving benefits.

(3) If the employee elects to use sick leave or annual leave credits prior to receiving Nonindustrial Disability Insurance payments, he or she shall not be required to exhaust the accrued leave balance.

(4) Following the start of Nonindustrial Disability Insurance payments, an employee may at any time change from the receipt of Nonindustrial Disability Insurance payments to the utilization of sick leave or annual leave. Once this election is made, the employee may not recommence receiving Nonindustrial Disability Insurance payments until that leave is exhausted.

(5) In accordance with the state’s return to work policy, an employee who is eligible to receive Nonindustrial Disability Insurance benefits and who is medically certified as unable to return to his or her full-time work during the period of his or her disability, may, with medical approval, and at the discretion of his or her appointing power, work up to the number of hours, in hour increments, which when combined with his or her Nonindustrial Disability Insurance benefits will result in a salary that does not exceed 100 percent of his or her regular full pay.

(6) If an employee refuses to return to work in a position offered by the employer under the state’s Injured State Worker Assistance Program, Nonindustrial Disability Insurance benefits shall be terminated effective as of the date of the offer.

(7) An employee may with his or her department head’s approval elect to supplement Nonindustrial Disability Insurance benefits with sick or annual leave up to 100 percent of his or her regular full pay.

(Amended by Stats. 2006, Ch. 538, Sec. 288. Effective January 1, 2007.)

19880.
  

A disabled employee is eligible to receive nonindustrial disability benefits under this article equal to one-seventh of his or her weekly benefit amount specified in Section 19879 for each full day during which he or she is unemployed due to a disability only if the Director of Employment Development finds that:

(a) He or she has made a claim for disability benefits as required by authorized regulations.

(b) He or she has been disabled for a waiting period of seven consecutive days during each disability benefit period, with respect to which waiting period no benefits under this article are payable, except for confinement in a hospital or nursing home for at least one day.

(c) He or she has exhausted all the leave to which he or she was entitled under Article 3 (commencing with Section 19859). A person who elects to use vacation credits or sick leave credits prior to receiving nonindustrial disability benefits is not required to exhaust the leave, as described in this subdivision, if he or she is a permanent employee who meets any of the following criteria:

(1) Is excluded from the definition of state employee contained in subdivision (c) of Section 3513.

(2)  Is a nonelected officer or employee of the executive branch of state government and is not a member of the civil service.

(d) Except for an individual described in Section 2709 of the Unemployment Insurance Code, he or she has submitted to any reasonable examinations as the Director of Employment Development may require for the purpose of determining his or her mental or physical disability.

(e) He or she has filed a certificate described in Section 2708 or 2709 of the Unemployment Insurance Code.

(f) Except as otherwise provided, he or she meets, in all other respects, the eligibility requirements imposed on individuals by Part 2 (commencing with Section 2601) of Division 1 of the Unemployment Insurance Code for receipt of unemployment compensation disability benefits.

In case of any conflict between Part 2 (commencing with Section 2601) of the Unemployment Insurance Code and this chapter, this chapter shall prevail.

If the provisions of this section conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that if the provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.

(Amended by Stats. 1993, Ch. 109, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 1994.)

19880.1.
  

(a) A disabled employee shall be eligible to receive nonindustrial disability benefits under this article without being required to use any vacation leave accrued under Article 2 (commencing with Section 19856) of this part, unless the employee, in his or her sole discretion, elects to use such vacation leave in lieu of receiving benefits under this article, in which case benefits under this article shall not commence until the employee has exhausted such accrued vacation leave.

(b) If the provisions of this section are in conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that if such provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 230, Sec. 55.)

19881.
  

(a) An employee is not eligible for disability benefits under this article with respect to any period for which the Director of Employment Development finds that he or she has received or is entitled to receive unemployment compensation benefits under Part 1 (commencing with Section 100) of Division 1 of the Unemployment Insurance Code or under an unemployment compensation act of any other state or of the federal government.

(b) If the provisions of this section are in conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that if such provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 230, Sec. 55.)

19882.
  

(a) Except as provided in this section, an individual is not eligible for disability benefits under this article for any day of unemployment and disability for which he or she has received, or is entitled to receive “other benefits” in the form of cash payments.

(b) “Other benefits” as used in this section means:

(1) Temporary disability indemnity under a workers’ compensation law of this state or of any other state or of the federal government or under Article 4 (commencing with Section 19869) of this part.

(2) Temporary disability benefits under any employer’s liability law of this state or of any other state or of the federal government.

(c) If such “other benefits” are less than the amount an individual would otherwise receive as disability benefits under this article, he or she shall be entitled to receive, for such day, if otherwise eligible, disability benefits under this article reduced by the amount of such “other benefits.” If after receipt of, or determination of entitlement to receive, such other benefits, a claim for disability benefits under this article is filed during the same continuous period of disability, because of a disability for which a claim for such other benefits was made, the maximum amount of disability benefits payable under this article during the disability benefit period thereby established shall be reduced by the amount of such “other benefits” which the claimant has received or has been determined to be entitled to receive.

(d) If the provisions of this section are in conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that if such provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 230, Sec. 55.)

19883.
  

(a) Discretionary deductions of the employee, including those for coverage under a state health benefits plan in which the employee is enrolled, shall be deducted from the disability benefits under this article unless canceled by the employee. If an employee deduction under a state health benefits plan is continued, the state employer contribution shall also continue.

An employee shall not receive service credit under the Public Employees’ Retirement System or the State Teachers’ Retirement System during the period of receipt of disability benefits under this article and contributions to the Public Employees’ Retirement System or the State Teachers’ Retirement System shall not be deducted. State employer contributions shall also not be made to either system during such period.

An employee shall not accrue sick leave or vacation credit or service credit for any other purpose during the period of receipt of disability benefits under this article, except, when provided by a rule or regulation adopted by the department, an employee receiving nonindustrial disability insurance benefits pursuant to Section 19879.1 may accrue these credits to the extent that annual leave or sick leave credits are used to supplement nonindustrial disability insurance benefits.

(b) If the provisions of this section are in conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that if such provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 906, Sec. 2. Effective September 14, 1988.)

19884.
  

(a) Filing, determination, and payment of disability benefit claims under this article shall be made in accordance with the procedures prescribed by Article 4 (commencing with Section 2701) of Chapter 2 of Part 2 of Division 1 of the Unemployment Insurance Code.

(b) If the provisions of this section are in conflict with the provisions of a memorandum of understanding reached pursuant to Section 3517.5, the memorandum of understanding shall be controlling without further legislative action, except that if such provisions of a memorandum of understanding require the expenditure of funds, the provisions shall not become effective unless approved by the Legislature in the annual Budget Act.

(Added by Stats. 1981, Ch. 230, Sec. 55.)

19885.
  

The department shall adopt any rules and regulations necessary for the administration of this article.

The appointing power of any officer or employee of the Legislature, who is not a member of the civil service, shall adopt any rules and regulations necessary for the administration of this article for such officers or employees.

(Amended by Stats. 1988, Ch. 670, Sec. 10.)

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