"Joe" retired from our district this year with 90 unused sick days. He asked for sub pay for them but was denied claiming it was not his earnings just a benefit. Isn't this just encouraging people to lie about sick leave to use them? Not saying that would be right...just tempting them. Last night at negotiations, the board said next year everyone will get additional sick days as part of their earnings. Joe's situation was brought up and they claimed that is different. I see it as either it's earnings, or it's not. How does your district handle it?