(a) All employees of the State of Arkansas, as defined in § 21-4-203, who have been rated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its predecessor
to have incurred a military service-connected disability and have been scheduled by
the department to be reexamined or treated for the disability shall be entitled to
a leave of absence with pay for a period not to exceed six (6) days for that purpose
during any one (1) calendar year.
(b)(1) If an employee receives a leave of absence under this section, the employee
shall be entitled to his or her regular salary during the time the employee is away
from his or her duties during the leave of absence.
(2) The leave of absence shall be in addition to the regular annual leave and sick
leave allowed to the employee.
(c) During a leave of absence, the employee shall be entitled to preserve:
(1) All seniority rights, efficiency or performance ratings, promotional status, retirement
privileges, and life and disability insurance benefits; and
(2) Any other rights, privileges, and benefits to which he or she has become entitled.
(d) For purposes of computations to determine whether the employee may be entitled
to retirement benefits, the period of the leave of absence shall be deemed continuous
(e) The state shall continue to contribute its portion of any life or disability insurance
premiums during the leave of absence on behalf of the employee, if requested, so that
continuous coverage may be maintained.
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