ARTICLE XVII - LEAVE OF ABSENCE


  1. SPOs with at least one (1) year of continuous service may be granted leave of absence, without pay, for any personal reason except employment elsewhere, for a period of three (3) months or less upon approval of the President of MSA LLC or their delegated representative and a Human Resources Benefits Representative. Requests for a longer period, up to one (1) year will receive consideration. In cases of emergency, SPOs with less than one (1) year of continuous service will be considered.

    A Family and Medical Leave of Absence may be granted to SPOs with at least one (1) year of service and 1,250 hours during the 12 month period immediately preceding the commencement of the approved leave of absence and is subject to the provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), A Family and Medical Leave of Absence can only be taken for up to twelve (12) weeks.

  2. Further, upon request of the Union, a SPO with at least one (1) year of continuous service will be granted leave of absence, without pay, to act as a Union officer. Requests for extensions will be granted; however, the total absence will not exceed three (3) years.

  3. Time out on account of leave of absence will be deducted in computing continuous service. It will not be deducted in computing seniority.

  4. SPOs on approved leave of absence, with the exception of military leave of absence, may retain their group insurance by paying appropriate premiums in accordance with the Company plan. Group insurance includes medical insurance, life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, personal accident insurance, dental, vision, and Short-term and Long-term disability coverage.

    Short-term disability coverage will be suspended during absences due to military, personal or educational leaves. Family and medical leave of absences may result in the suspension of Short-term disability coverage during the absence.

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