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Unpaid Leave of Absence Chart

Type of Leave Occupational Seniority (bidding) Class/Longevity Seniority (pay & vc) Company Seniority (retirement)
Personal Leave Yes (duration) Yes (30 days) Yes (duration) If available for 15 days Full rates for duration * Full rates * No * Not to exceed 180 days, but may be extended upon approval
Voluntary Leave of Absence (Bid Leave) Yes (duration) Yes (duration) Yes (duration) Duration Active rates for duration Active rates for duration Yes Up to 1 bid period; can be consecutive
Leave in Lieu of Furlough Yes (duration) Yes (duration) Yes (duration) If available for 15 days In accordance with Company policy * In accordance with Company policy * Yes Varies
Educational Yes (duration) Yes (30 days) Yes (duration) If available for 15 days Full rates for duration * Full rate conversion * No * Varies
Unpaid Medical / MedicalMaternity / Injury Yes (duration) Yes (30 days) Yes (duration) If available for 15 days Active rates up to 12 months from unpaid, then COBRA * Active rates up to 12 months from unpaid, then full rate conversion * No Exception: Travel is permitted during maternity leave * As medically required; 5 year maximum3
Unpaid FMLA Yes (duration) Yes (duration) Yes (duration) If available for 15 days Active rates for duration Active rates for duration Yes if Block FML is aproved or runs concurrent with absence * Up to 12 weeks
Personal Maternity (JCBA Section 25.G) Paternity, Adoption Yes (duration) Yes (30 days) Yes (duration) If available for 15 days Full rates for duration * Full rates * Yes * 180 day max from date of birth or placement of baby for adoption
Union Leave Yes (duration) Yes (duration) Yes (duration) If available for 15 days Active rates for duration * Active rates for duration * Yes * Varies
Military Yes (duration) Yes (duration) Yes (duration) If available for 15 days ** Active rates for duration ** Active rates for duration ** Yes * 5 years, but may be extended in accordance with USERA

Notes
1 To accrue sick and vacation, a FA must also meet personal threshold requirement for active months (if available for 15 days) - (LAA only until PBS)
2 Full rates are the same as active rates for all fully employee funded plans (Vision, STD/LTD, Vol Life, Vol VPAI)
3 Please see JCBA Section 25.E.5-6 for additional information

Full rates = Full cost of coverage including the employee and employer contributions
Active rates = Both the Company and the employee pay the same portions of the premiums as if the employee were on active payroll

* Subject to change based on Company policy
**No less than provided for under USERAIf leaves are consecutive (no paid status between leaves), with the exception of VLOA's, the benefit period begins on the first day of the first leave

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