On March 20, 2020, Governor Kristi Noem signed Senate Bill (SB) 186 (SJ 557) into law, which became effective on March 30, 2020. SB 186 revises certain leave policies for state employees. Such revisions include but are not limited to the following:
Vacation leave. Concerning the accrual and accumulation of vacation leave, permanent state employees shall earn up to 120 hours of vacation leave per full year of employment. A permanent state employee with more than 15 years of employment shall earn up to 160 hours of vacation leave per full year of employment. Vacation leave will accrue on an hourly, a biweekly, a semimonthly, or a monthly basis as determined by the South Dakota Human Resources commissioner. Vacation leave is cumulative only to the extent of that which may be earned in a period of time not exceeding 2 years of regular and continuous state employment. See Section 1 (3-6C-4).
Paid sick leave. The portion of the accrual and accumulation of paid sick leave was amended to state that each permanent state employee shall earn up to 112 hours of sick leave per full year of employment. Sick leave shall be accrued on an hourly, a biweekly, a semimonthly, or a monthly basis as determined by the South Dakota Human Resources commissioner and shall accumulate without limit as to the number of hours of such accumulation. The use of sick leave shall be supported by a medical certificate upon the request of the Human Resources commissioner. An employee is not entitled to more than the employee's accrued sick leave without first using all of the employee's accumulated vacation leave. See Section 3 (3-6C-7).
Paid family leave. A ...