ARTICLE XV - CONTINUITY OF SERVICE


SERVICE CREDITS
  1. Definition of Terms

    1. "Continuity of Service" designates the status of a SPO who has service credits totaling fifty-two (52) or more weeks.

    2. "Continuous Serviceā€ designates the length of each SPOs continuity of service and will equal the total service credits of a SPO who has "continuity of service." For those SPOs transferring directly to MSA LLC from Fluor Hanford, continuous service will include continuous service with Westinghouse Hanford Company and Rockwell Hanford Operations.

    3. "Service credits" are credits for periods during which the SPO is actually at work for the Company or for periods of absence for which credit is granted (as provided in Section 3).

    4. "Absence" is the period a SPO is absent from work either with or without pay (except a paid vacation period) computed by subtracting the date following the last day worked from the date the SPO returns to work. Each separate continuous period away from work will be treated as a single absence from work.

  2. Loss of Service Credits and Continuity of Service

    Service credits previously accumulated and continuity of service, if any, will be lost whenever SPOs:

    1. Quit, resign or are discharged.

    2. Are absent from work for more than two (2) consecutive weeks without satisfactory explanation.

    3. Are absent from work because of personal illness or accident and fail to keep their supervisor notified monthly, stating the probable date of their return to work.

    4. Are notified within a year from date of layoff that they may return but fail to return or to give satisfactory explanation within two (2) weeks.

    5. Are absent from work without satisfactory explanation beyond the period of any leave of absence granted them by the Company.

    6. Are absent from work for a continuous period of more than one (1) year for any reason other than a leave of absence granted in advance.

      If the Company re-employs SPOs who have lost service credits and continuity of service because of layoff due to lack of work or because of absence due to illness or injury for more than one (1) year, such SPOs will have such service credits and continuity of service automatically restored, if such layoff or illness absence did not exceed five (5) years and if their continuous service at the time of their layoff or first day of illness was greater than the total of such absence.

      The service record of each SPO laid off and re-employed after layoff or re-employed following illness or injury, will be reviewed by the Company at the time of re-employment and in each case, such SPOs will be notified as to their service credits and continuity of service, if any.

  3. Service Credits

    Service credits for each SPO will be granted for periods during which the SPO is actually at work for the Company and for absences as follows:

    1. SPOs without continuity of service who lose time due to a compensable accident will receive service credits for such lost time up to a maximum of three (3) months. For all other absences of two (2) weeks or less, such SPOs will receive service credits but, if absent more than two (2) weeks, no service credit will be allowed for any part of such absence.

    2. SPOs with continuity of service, if absent on account of illness, accident or layoff, will receive service credits for any absence of six (6) months or less. Where any such absence exceeds six (6) months, no service credits will be allowed for the excess time. However, where the absences of such SPOs are due to compensable accidents, and where the SPOs are re-employed without loss of continuity of service, service credits will be restored for the period of their absence in excess of six (6) months, up to a maximum of six (6) additional months. For all other absences of two (2) weeks or less, such SPOs will receive service credits but, if the absence is longer than two (2) weeks, no service credits will be allowed for any part of such absences.

    If SPOs who have lost prior service credits or continuity of service are re-employed, they will be considered new SPOs and will not receive service credits (unless all or part of prior service credits are restored) for any time prior to the date of such re-employment.

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