Q May the board of supervisors adopt a policy requiring full-time employees to reimburse the county a pro rata percentage of the employee’s insurance premiums if the employee fails to work the minimum weekly hours required of full-time employee status once they have depleted all of their authorized leave?

A Yes. The board of supervisors may adopt a policy requiring full-time employees to reimburse the county a pro rata percentage of the cost of the employee’s insurance premiums when the employee is not being compensated, either by payment of a salary or with authorized leave. However, when the employee has been approved for FMLA and is on leave without pay, the county is under a duty to continue all employee benefits. (Attorney General’s Opinion to Nowak dated September 26, 2011)