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(40 ILCS 5/15-113.2)
(from Ch. 108 1/2, par. 15-113.2)
Service for leaves of absence.
"Service for leaves of
absence" includes those periods of leaves of absence at less than 50%
pay, except military leave and periods of disability leave in excess of 60
days, for which the employee pays the contributions required under Section
15-157 in accordance with rules prescribed by the board based upon the
employee's basic compensation on the date the leave begins, or in the case
of leave for service with a teacher organization, based upon the actual
compensation received by the employee for such service after January 26,
1988, if the employee so elects within 30 days of that date or the date the
leave for service with a teacher organization begins, whichever is later;
provided that the employee (1) returns to employment covered by this system
at the expiration of the leave, or within 30 days after the termination of
a disability which occurs during the leave and continues this employment
at a percentage of time equal to or greater than the percentage of time
immediately preceding the leave of absence for at least 8 consecutive
months or a period equal to the period of the leave,
whichever is less, or (2) is precluded from meeting the foregoing
conditions because of disability or death. If service credit is denied
because the employee fails to meet these conditions, the contributions
covering the leave of absence shall be refunded without interest. The
return to employment condition does not apply if the leave of absence is
for service with a teacher organization.
Service credit provided under this Section shall not exceed 3 years in
any period of 10 years, unless the employee is on special leave granted
by the employer for service with a teacher organization. Commencing with
the fourth year in any period of 10 years, a participant on such special
leave is also required to pay employer contributions equal to the normal
cost as defined in Section 15-155, based upon the employee's basic compensation
on the date the leave begins, or based upon the actual compensation
received by the employee for service with a teacher organization if the
employee has so elected.
(Source: P.A. 90-65, eff. 7-7-97; 90-511, eff. 8-22-97.)