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Bill Number: 4630 Ratification Number: 725 Act Number 587 Introducing Body: House Subject: Leaves of absence further provided for
(A587, R725, H4630)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 8-7-90, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO LEAVES OF ABSENCE AUTHORIZED FOR PUBLIC OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES FOR CERTAIN NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVE MILITARY SERVICE, SO AS TO FURTHER PROVIDE FOR THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF THESE AUTHORIZED LEAVES OF ABSENCE, TO REVISE THE TYPES OF SERVICE OR TRAINING FOR WHICH THESE LEAVES OF ABSENCE ARE AUTHORIZED, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE MANNER IN WHICH THESE PROVISIONS MUST BE CONSTRUED.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
Leaves of absence further provided for
SECTION 1. Section 8-7-90 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 8-7-90. All officers and employees of this State or a political subdivision of this State who are either enlisted or commissioned members of the South Carolina National Guard, the United States Army Reserve, the United States Air Force Reserve, the United States Naval Reserve, the United States Marine Corps Reserve, or the United States Coast Guard Reserve are entitled to leaves of absence from their respective duties without loss of pay, time, or efficiency rating for one or more periods not exceeding an aggregate of fifteen regularly scheduled work days in any one year during which they may engage in training or any other duties ordered by the Governor, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Army, the Department of the Air Force, the Department of the Navy, the Department of the Treasury, or any other department or agency of the government of the United States having authority to issue lawful orders requiring military service. Saturdays, Sundays, and state holidays may not be included in the fifteen-day aggregate unless the particular Saturday, Sunday, or holiday to be included is a regularly scheduled work day for the officer or employee involved. In the event any such person is called upon to serve during an emergency he is entitled to such leave of absence for not exceeding thirty additional days.
As used in this section, `in any one year' means either a calendar year or, in the case of members required to perform active duty for training or other duties within or on a fiscal year basis, the fiscal year of the National Guard or reserve component issuing the orders.
The provisions of this section must be construed liberally to encourage and allow full participation in all aspects of the National Guard and reserve programs of the armed forces of the United States and to allow state officers and employees who are enlisted or commissioned members of the National Guard or reserve components to excel in military and emergency preparedness and service by taking full advantage of all career-enhancing assignments and training opportunities."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 11th day of June, 1990.