If you leave the Conservatory to enter military service, or if as a reservist you are placed on active duty, you may be granted a military leave of absence. This leave entitles you to be away from the Conservatory for active service and to return without a break in your seniority or other benefits in accordance with Massachusetts and Federal law.
Employees who learn that they must attend military training must notify the Human Resources Office in writing, in advance of their training, of the expected duration of the training and their anticipated date of return. You must also submit a Request for Leave of Absence Form to the Human Resources Office. If you participate in annual military training, you may receive a military pay differential. The pay differential is the amount, if any, by which the employee's normal base pay for the two-week period exceeds any pay received for such military training duty for the same period. It is your responsibility to submit documentary proof of this military training. To qualify for the military pay differential you must present a statement from your branch of the service indicating the rate and total amount of wages paid for the training period.
You also have the option of using accrued vacation time while away for military training. If you choose this option, you will receive vacation pay, in addition to the military pay differential.
Employees called to active duty must notify the Human Resources Office in writing before they leave for active duty of their expected dates of leave from and return to the Conservatory. An employee may be eligible for reemployment to the position that the employee held prior to entering the armed forces, or to a position of similar seniority, status and pay, provided that:
- The employee was discharged or released under honorable conditions;
- The employee is qualified for the job;
- The employer's circumstances have not so changed as to make it impossible or unreasonable to rehire the person;
- The employee's total service in the armed forces is no more than four years (except for additional amounts required by law);
- The employee applies for reemployment within the time limits specified by law, ordinarily 90 days from the date of discharge from military service.
Re-employed persons are considered to have been on a leave of absence during their period of military service and are eligible for all benefits offered to others returning from a leave of absence.