A counseling session is a discussion between a supervisor and an employee about those
aspects of an employee's performance or conduct where improvement is needed.
Disciplinary action is the progressive use of a penalty to induce the desired change
in an employee's work performance or conduct.
Time and Attendance
Absences requested and approved prior to the end of an employee's last previous work
A scheduled sick day is when an employee requests time off in advance for a doctor's
visit or medical procedure for him/herself or a family member. Absences due to personal
or family illness that is not requested and approved in advance, or are called in
the same day of the absence are considered unscheduled.
Absences not requested and approved prior to the end of an employee's last previous
work shift even if the call-in notification and absence is subsequently approved or
authorized and charged to leave credits. Unscheduled absences must be documented on
There are several reasons for an absence to be deemed unauthorized.
A No Call/No Show is an unauthorized absence wherein an employee fails to call the
work site to state that he/she will not be reporting to work.
An employee who calls in later than the required notice period for his/her work unit
will be placed on unauthorized leave for that day's absence. Most employees are required
to call in within two hours of the start of the work day. Shift or workers who must
be replaced when absent are required to call in one (CA's or LPN's) or two (RN's)
hours prior to the start of their shift.
An employee who is on Medical/Documentation Restriction who returns to duty and fails
to provide documentation on the day he/she returns to duty will have the period of
undocumented absence be considered unauthorized.
An employee who has been absent five or more consecutive days due to personal or family
illness who returns to duty without medical documentation will have the entire period
of absence deemed unauthorized.
When an employee fails to call in an absence, that absence is documented on the time
sheet in the "LT/UA" or "Remarks" column as NC/NS. The employee will be placed on
the lost time for that day's absence.
Personal leave is intended to provide employees with time off without loss of pay
to attend to matters of personal business and religious observance. Personal leave
credits are to be used at a time convenient to, and approved in advance by the supervisor.
The supervisor may request evidence of the necessity of time off charged to personal
leave credits, and except in the event of an emergency, must approve use in advance.
Although prior approval of the supervisor is required before an employee may charge
an absence from duty to personal leave credits, such approval may be granted subsequent
to (or on the day of) the absence so long as the supervisor is satisfied that the
absence was unexpected and unavoidable.
An employee should not be required to charge vacation credits when he/she has
a legitimate reason for using personal leave. A supervisor shall not require an employee
to give a reason for requesting use of personal leave when the employee has submitted
the request in advance and his/her absence will not interfere with the proper conduct
of departmental functions and operational needs. However, an employee seeking special
consideration or reconsideration of a denial to use personal leave is obligated to
provide information sufficient to explain the request.
Unless an employee is on Medical/Documentation Restriction, the employee may not be
placed on lost time. The Collective Bargaining Agreements and Department of Civil
Service Time and Attendance rules allow for an employee to charge annual time, personal
leave, holiday and compensatory time when their sick leave is exhausted. However,
when the employee completes his/her timesheet, the use of other leave credits for
sick absences must be noted that the absence is due to illness and the use of other
leave credits was authorized.
Generally, there are two reasons that an employee would need to provide medical documentation
for a personal or family sick absence:
If the employee is absent for five or more consecutive work days.
If the employee is on Medical/Documentation Restriction, the employee is required
to bring proof of illness on the day when they return to work. If the employee does
not provide acceptable documentation, the employee will not be allowed to use leave
credits and will be placed on lost time.
PEF, CSEA, NYSCOPBA, Council 82 employees enter the time the employee reported for
duty and charge appropriate leave credits in 0.25 hour intervals for tardiness of
five (5) minutes or more, i.e., 8 minutes late = 0.25 hour, 21 minutes late = 0.5
hour. When documenting the hours worked, write "late" or "tardy" on the timesheet.
UUP employees filling out a monthly timesheet should document the date they
were late, the minimum charge for lateness is 0.25 of a day.
Supervisors should discuss the error with the employee and have him/her correct the
error prior to affixing their signature on the supervisory signature line and submitting
the timesheet to Timekeeping/Time & Attendance Unit. If the employee refuses to amend
the timesheet or the employee is unavailable to make the change, and the timesheet
must be submitted to Timekeeping/Time & Attendance Unit, make the change on the timesheet,
initial the change, sign the timesheet and give the employee his/her copy.