|Issuer:||Acting Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci|
|Mass Register:||No. 686|
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WHEREAS, sudden and prolonged illness affects individuals indiscriminately; and
WHEREAS, certain individuals do not have adequate insurance or disability coverage when taken ill; and
WHEREAS, state employees desire to provide some financial support during a fellow employee's medical leave; and
WHEREAS, in the past employees of the Commonwealth have donated personal and vacation time to sick leave banks for fellow employees; and
WHEREAS, it has been the policy of this Administration to allow state employees to donate personal and vacation time to such sick leave banks;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Argeo Paul Cellucci, Acting Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby establish a catastrophic illness leave policy and order as follows:
ARTICLE I. Declaration of Policy
1.1 It shall be the policy of the Commonwealth to establish a catastrophic illness sick leave bank in the executive office of each secretariat for all persons employed in the Executive Branch, the cost of which shall not be borne by the taxpayers of the Commonwealth.
1.2 An employee may contribute any amount of their accrued personal or vacation time to the catastrophic illness sick leave bank for the use by any other qualifying employee within their secretariat.
1.3 The purpose of this policy is to enable public employees who are concerned about the plight of their fellow employees to make a contribution for the benefit of any other public employee who has taken ill and lacks sufficient sick time or insurance coverage.
ARTICLE II. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE POLICY
2.1 The Secretary of Administration and Finance in consultation with the Director of Personnel Administration shall develop uniform policies and guidelines for the operation of said catastrophic illness sick leave banks including criteria for eligibility, procedures for donating time accrued, as well as procedures for the distribution of the donated time to qualifying individuals.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 17th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety-two.
Argeo Paul Cellucci
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Michael Joseph Connolly
Secretary of the Commonwealth