CHAPTER 538

FORMERLY

HOUSE BILL NO. 1042

AN ACT TO AMEND PART V, TITLE 29, DELAWARE CODE TO PROVIDE FOR LEAVE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES TO PARTICIPATE IN OLYMPIC COMPETITION.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF DELAWARE:

Section 1. Amend Chapter 51, Part V, Title 29, Delaware Code, by adding thereto a new Section 5113, to read as follows:

§5113. Leave for Olympic competition

(a) The State shall grant to any employee leave from employment to participate as a member of the United States Team in any competition sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee. Any leave so granted shall not exceed the time required for actual participation in the competition, plus a reasonable time for travel and return from the site of the competition and a reasonable time for pre-competition training with the team at the site, or 90 working days, whichever is less. The State shall compensate the employee at his regular rate of pay during any leave granted for participation in such Olympic competition. Pay for each day of leave shall not exceed the amount the employee would receive for a standard work day and the employee shall not be paid for any day spent on such leave for which he would not ordinarily receive pay as part of his regular employment.

(b) For purposes of subsection (a) the term 'employee' includes all those individuals who are employed by the State and receive a paycheck from the State for such work as they normally do for the State.

(c) For the purposes of subsection (a) the term 'United States Team' includes any group leader, coach, official, trainer, or athlete who is a member of the official delegation of the United States in competition sanctioned by the United States Olympic Committee.

(d) The State Personnel Commission shall implement this section by the adoption of appropriate rules and regulations."

Approved September 14, 1978.