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PDFWAC 415-108-510

Treatment of cash payments made in lieu of unused leaveFirst-in-first-out accounting method for determining when leave earnedForms of leave deemed excess compensationConversions.

(1) Cash compensation in lieu of unused annual or sick leave may be considered compensation earnable for Plan 1 members subject to the provisions of RCW 41.40.010 and WAC 415-108-456. Employers may not limit the inclusion of cash compensation paid in lieu of unused annual or sick leave as compensation earnable in conflict with RCW 41.40.010. Provisions of collective bargaining agreements, employment and administrative policies or other rules applied by an employer that conflict with RCW 41.40.010 and rules adopted thereunder are without legal effect.
(2) When an employer provides cash compensation in lieu of unused annual or sick leave, the department applies a first-in-first-out accounting method to determine when the compensated leave was earned, and when or whether the leave was used or cashed out, with the following exceptions:
(a) As otherwise provided in Bowles v. Department of Retirement Systems, 121 Wn.2d 52 (1993); and
(b) The employer has in place a regulation, charter provision, ordinance, collective bargaining agreement, or other comparable written policy statement which clearly delineates when the cashed out leave was accrued, or a different method of accounting for the accrual and use of leave, and, if applicable, compensation for unused leave and the same such method is consistently applied in each instance and for all purposes.
Any employer's policy which is not consistent for all purposes which is contained in a regularly negotiated labor agreement in effect on the effective date of this section will be honored until the expiration date of the agreement not including any extensions at which time it will be brought into compliance with this section. Any employer's policy which is not consistent for all purposes which is established by the employer shall be brought into compliance within sixty days of the effective date of this section. In the event an employer fails to come into full compliance with this section by the dates established herein, the department will treat cashed out leave on the same basis as the employer has established for using leave.
(3) A cash out of leave which is not annual leave as defined under WAC 415-108-010, shall be treated by the department as "any other form of leave" under RCW 41.50.150(2). The department shall bill the employer for any such leave cash out as excess compensation under RCW 41.50.150.
(4) For purposes of determining average final compensation and excess compensation, hours of leave earned by a member shall be considered for all purposes in the form in which it was earned. The department shall disregard any conversion of leave by an employer from one form to another and bill the employer for the amount converted as excess compensation pursuant to RCW 41.50.150.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050. WSR 21-16-020, § 415-108-510, filed 7/23/21, effective 8/23/21; WSR 99-14-008, § 415-108-510, filed 6/24/99, effective 7/25/99. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.50.050 and Bowles v. Retirement Systems, 121 Wn.2d 52 (1993). WSR 94-11-009, § 415-108-510, filed 5/5/94, effective 6/5/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 41.40.010(8) and 41.40.020. WSR 87-17-061 (Order DRS 87-08), § 415-108-510, filed 8/19/87.]
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