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Atascadero USD |  AR  4161.11, 4361.11  Personnel

Industrial Accident/Illness Leave   

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An eligible employee shall be entitled to a leave of absence for an industrial accident or illness arising in the course of his/her assigned duties. (Education Code 44984, 45192)

For such leave, the employee shall be granted no more than 60 working days in any one fiscal year for the same industrial accident or illness.

(cf. 4113.4/4213.4/4313.4 - Temporary Modified/Light-Duty Assignment)

(cf. 4157.1/4257.1/4357.1 - Work-Related Injuries)

(cf. 4157.2/4257.2/4357.2 - Ergonomics)

(cf. 4161/4261 - Leaves)

(cf. 4361 - Leaves)

Allowable industrial accident/illness leave shall not accumulate from year to year. (Education Code 44984)

When a certificated employee is absent from his/her duties because of an industrial accident or illness: (Education Code 44984)

1. Industrial accident or illness leave shall start on the first day of absence.

2. The employee shall be paid such portion of the salary due for any month in which the absence occurs as, when added to the temporary disability indemnity under Division 4 or 4.5 of the Labor Code, will result in a payment to the employee of not more than his/her normal wage or salary.

3. Industrial accident or illness leave shall be reduced by one day for each day of authorized absence, regardless of a temporary disability indemnity award.

4. When an industrial accident or illness leave overlaps into the next fiscal year, the employee is entitled to only the amount of unused leave due the employee for the same illness or injury.

Upon expiration of allowable leave for an industrial accident or illness, the employee may use personal illness and injury leave. If the employee continues to receive temporary disability indemnity, he/she may elect to take as much of the accumulated sick leave which, when added to his/her temporary disability indemnity, will result in a payment to the employee of not more than the employee's full salary. (Education Code 44984)

(cf. 4161.1/4361.1 - Personal Illness/Injury Leave)

During any paid leave of absence, the employee shall endorse to the District any workers' compensation checks received on account of his/her industrial accident or illness. The District shall then issue payment of the employee's normal wage or salary less any appropriate deductions, including, but not limited to, employee retirement contributions. (Education Code 44043)

Any employee receiving benefits under this leave shall, during periods of injury or illness, remain within the State of California unless the Board of Trustees authorizes travel outside the state. (Education Code 44984)

Absence for industrial accident or illness shall not be considered a break in service of the employee. An employee using such leave shall retain all status and benefits to which he/she would otherwise be entitled.

(cf. 4116 - Probationary/Permanent Status)

(cf. 4154/4254/4354 - Health and Welfare Benefits)

(cf. 4216 - Probationary/Permanent Status)

When available industrial accident or illness leave has been exhausted, the employee shall be so notified in writing and shall be offered an opportunity to request any additional paid or unpaid leave available to the employee. (Education Code 45192)

(cf. 4112.9/4212.9/4312.9 - Employee Notifications)

If a certificated employee is unable to resume the duties of his/her position after exhausting all accumulated sick leave, including the consecutive five-month period provided by Education Code 44977, he/she shall, if not placed in another position, be placed on a reemployment list for a period of 24 months if he/she is a probationary employee or 39 months if he/she is a permanent employee. If the employee becomes medically able to resume duties during the period of reemployment eligibility, he/she shall be returned to employment in a position for which he/she is credentialed and qualified. (Education Code 44978.1)

Legal Reference:


44043 Temporary disability

44044 Temporary disability checks; waiver of endorsement to district

44977 Salary deductions during absence from duties

44978 Provisions for certificated employee sick leave

44978.1 Inability of certificated employee to return to duty; placement in another position or on reemployment list

44983 Exception to sick leave

44984 Industrial accident and illness leave, certificated employees

45191 Personal illness and injury leave, classified employees

45192 Industrial accident and illness leave, classified employees


3200-6002 Workers' compensation

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Department of Industrial Relations:


approved: May 2, 2000 Atascadero, California

revised: March 4, 2014