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Workers' Compensation

The Laboratory administers a series of benefits which provides income continuation when employees are absent from work for medical reasons.

The regular sick leave program provides paid leave based primarily on credit accrued through months of service. As a supplement to the regular program payments are made in accordance with New York State law to disabled employees who have no regular sick leave available. In addition, absences for doctor or dentist visits are allowed at full pay, subject to established limitations.

Employee eligibility for each of the foregoing benefits is dependent upon his or her employment category, as described in this Section.

Laboratory supervisors have the major responsibility for promoting employee understanding of the purpose and proper use of the sick leave program. Excessive sick leave is a frequent contributory factor in unsatisfactory job performance, which in turn may lead to dismissal.