Bill Text: HI SB977 | 2019 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating To Employees.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 10-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2019-02-12 - The committee on GVO deferred the measure. [SB977 Detail]

Download: Hawaii-2019-SB977-Introduced.html

THE SENATE

S.B. NO.

977

THIRTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2019

 

STATE OF HAWAII

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BILL FOR AN ACT

 

 

RELATING TO EMPLOYEES.

 

 

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:

 


PART I

     SECTION 1.  Section 78-26, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended to read as follows:

     "§78-26  Leave sharing program.  (a)  [The legislature, with regard to its employees, or the chief executive of a jurisdiction may] Each state government branch shall establish a leave sharing program to allow state employees to donate accumulated vacation leave credits to another state employee [within the same jurisdiction] who has a serious personal illness or injury or who has a family member who has a serious personal illness or injury[.]; provided that the chief executive of a county may establish a leave sharing program pursuant to this section for employees of a county.  The program shall allow employees who are not entitled to vacation leave to donate accumulated sick leave credits.

     (b)  [The legislature, with regard to its employees, or the director of a jurisdiction desiring to establish a leave sharing program] Each state government branch, and a county that establishes a leave sharing program pursuant to this section, shall develop rules governing donors, recipients, and an approval process that ensures fair treatment and freedom from coercion of employees and imposes no undue hardship on the employer's operations[.  If it is administratively infeasible to allow leave sharing between different departments or different bargaining units, the rules may limit leave sharing to employees within the same department or same bargaining unit, as necessary.]; provided that a state government branch shall not prohibit leave sharing between different departments or bargaining units because of administrative infeasibility.  At a minimum, the rules shall require that an eligible recipient must have:

     (1)  No less than [six months]            of service within the respective jurisdiction;

     (2)  Exhausted or is about to exhaust all vacation leave, sick leave, and compensatory time credits; provided that sick leave need not be exhausted when the illness or injury involves a family member;

     (3)  A personal illness or injury or a family member's illness or injury certified by a competent medical examiner as being serious and the cause of the recipient's inability to work; provided that the illness or injury is not covered under chapter 386 or, if covered, all benefits under chapter 386 have been exhausted; and

     (4)  No disciplinary record of sick leave abuse [within the past two years.

     Notwithstanding the requirements of chapter 91, the legislature may establish a leave sharing program for legislative employees, in accordance with this section, under policies adopted separately by each house of the legislature and each legislative service agency, or jointly by any combination of entities thereof].

     (c)  As used in this section, "state government branch" includes each department or agency of the state executive branch, judiciary, and legislature."

PART II

     SECTION 2.  Section 78-23, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

     "(c)  Upon discharge, an employee shall be entitled to all of the employee's accumulated vacation allowance plus the employee's current accrued vacation allowance to and including the date of discharge, notwithstanding that the current accrued vacation allowance may not have been recorded at the time.  If any employee dies with accumulated or current accrued vacation earned but not taken, an amount equal to the value of the employee's pay over the period of such earned vacation, and any earned and unpaid wages, shall be paid to the person or persons who may have been designated as the beneficiary or beneficiaries by the employee during the employee's lifetime in a [verified written] statement filed with the comptroller or other disbursing officer who issues warrants or checks to pay the employee for the employee's services as a public employee, or with the department in which the employee was employed, or, failing the designation, to the employee's estate."

PART III

     SECTION 3.  This Act does not affect rights and duties that matured, penalties that were incurred, and proceedings that were begun before its effective date.

     SECTION 4.  Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken.  New statutory material is underscored.

     SECTION 5.  This Act shall take effect upon its approval.

 

INTRODUCED BY:

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Report Title:

Shared Leave Program; State and County Employees; Designation of Beneficiary Form

 

Description:

Requires each state government branch to establish a shared leave program for state employees.  Allows the chief executive of a county to establish a shared leave program for county employees.  Precludes a state government branch from prohibiting leave sharing between different departments or bargaining units because of administrative infeasibility.  Allows an employee's designation of beneficiary form to be filed with the department where the employee is employed and permits the designation to be made through a statement that is not verified or written.

 

 

 

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