Note: Some city employees may have different work leave benefits than those listed. If this is the case, refer to your department's collective bargaining agreement.
Employees are entitled to two personal leave days per year, if 6 sick leave days or less are used in the previous full calendar year, except as otherwise provided in Collective Bargaining Agreements.
Employees are eligible for sick leave as defined by City Ordinances or Collective Bargaining Agreements. The sick leave accrual rate, is fifteen days per year with a maximum rate established at 120 days for all employees.
If you are eligible for sick leave with pay, you may use sick leave, with approval of your department head, for absence due to your illness or injury, that of a spouse, child or other blood relative or ward residing in your household when FMLA leave is approved, or for exposure to a contagious disease.
If you wish to use sick leave you must inform your immediate supervisor of the fact and reason as soon as possible. Failure to do so, within a reasonable time, may be cause for denial of pay for the period of absence.
Your department head shall require a doctor’s certificate before approving sick leave with pay for a period of more than three workdays, and for shorter periods if there is an appearance of misuse of the sick leave or other reasons.
Probationary employees are not eligible to use sick leave.
Upon death (while employed by the City) or paid retirement, employees may be paid up to 80 days of accrued sick leave. On separation from service under satisfactory conditions and 15 years of continuous service, non-affiliated employees are paid up to 60 days of accrued sick leave. Affiliated employees should refer to their Collective Bargaining Agreements.
Use of vacation leave must be approved by your supervisor and should be requested well in advance of the scheduled leave date. You must complete six (6) months of current employment before using vacation leave. Vacation leave is not earned during a period of unpaid leave. Vacation leave credits are accrued on a monthly basis for affiliated employees and on a weekly basis for non-affiliated employees (in parentheses below) as follows:
- First five years: five-sixths of a regular workday per month (1.54 hours per week) for each completed month/week of service until the completion of five (5) years of continuous employment.
- Six to fourteen years: one and one-quarter days per month (2.31 hours per week) for each completed month/week of service after the completion of five (5) years of continuous employment and continuing at such rate until the completion of fourteen (14) years of continuous service.
- Fifteen through nineteen years: one and two-thirds days per month (3.08 hours per week) for each completed month/week of service after the completion of fourteen (14) years of continuous service and thereafter continuing at such rate until the completion of nineteen (19) years of continuous service.
- Twenty or more years: two and eight-tenths days per month (3.85 hours per week) for each completed month/week of service after the completion of twenty (20) years of continuous service and thereafter.
Vacation leave is available to regular, part-time employees who work more than twenty hours a week and are not seasonal or temporary on a prorated basis, according to work schedules and with the approval of their department head. No vacation shall accrue on hours in excess of 40 hours per week.