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(a) Medical Insurance. Each non-aligned regular full-time employee of the Department of Public Service shall, after one month of such full-time service, be entitled to health insurance provided by the City. The plan design, coverage options, and employee cost of participation of such health insurance will be determined annually; and such health plan information are to be described in a health benefit summary document to be provided to employees at the inception of each health benefit year.
(b) Insurance-Group Life. Each regular full-time employee of the Service Department shall, after one year of such full-time employment, be entitled to fully paid group-life insurance in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000).
(c) Vacation. Each non-aligned regular full-time member of the Department of Public Service shall be entitled to the following annual benefits, based on the length of continuous employment: two weeks of vacation with pay at the end of one year of full-time active duty; three weeks of vacation with pay at the end of five years of full-time active duty; four weeks of vacation with pay at the end of ten years of full-time active duty; five weeks of vacation with pay at the end of seventeen years of full-time active duty and six weeks of vacation with pay after twenty-four years full-time active duty. Vacation shall be earned as of January 1 of each year and shall be taken by the employee in the calendar year in which it is earned, provided, however, that when an employee has an anniversary of employment in a calendar year which would entitle the employee to receive an additional increment of vacation, the employee shall be entitled to observe the additional increment of vacation in the twelve-month period measured from the anniversary.
Vacation shall not be accrued from year to year or payment made in lieu thereof, except by special arrangement with the Director of Public Service, provided, however, that any full-time member of the Department of Public Service who has concluded twenty-one continuous years of service, may, at his or her option, bank not more than three weeks per year, up to a maximum of nine weeks. Such employee may receive cash payment for such banked vacation one time, either at retirement or before, but may not thereafter bank additional hours after the nine weeks have been utilized. In lieu of banking vacation time, an employee may turn-in for annual payment not more than three weeks per year, up to a maximum amount of nine weeks. The Finance Department must be notified of this intent not later than November 1 of the calendar year in which payment is requested. Said payment shall be made on the last pay of the calendar year in which payment is requested.
Vacation or payment in lieu of accrued vacation shall be granted to an employee after his or her retirement or termination of employment, unless such termination of employment is made for cause, in which event no such vacation or payment in lieu thereof shall be allowed.
Payment in lieu of vacation shall be calculated at the employee's normal rate of pay.
(d) Holidays. Each nonaligned regular full-time employee of the Department of Public Service who has served at least thirty days of service with the City prior to any holiday hereinafter set forth, and who has also worked or been on vacation during his regularly scheduled workdays immediately preceding and succeeding such holiday, shall be entitled to the following twelve paid holidays with pay at eight times the employee's normal hourly rate of pay for each of such holidays:
(1) The first day of January, known as New Year's Day;
(2) The third Monday in January, known as Martin Luther King Day;
(3) The third Monday in February, known as Washington-Lincoln or Presidents' Day;
(4) Decoration or Memorial Day (date of observance as established by State Legislature);
(5) The fourth day of July, known as Independence Day;
(6) The first Monday in September, known as Labor Day;
(7) The second Monday in October, known as Columbus Day;
(8) The eleventh day of November, known as Veterans' Day;
(9) The fourth Thursday in November, known as Thanksgiving Day;
(10) The twenty-fifth day of December, known as Christmas Day;
(11) A floating holiday to be taken on a day of the employee's choice, subject to the approval of the departmental supervision; and
(12) The employee's birthday.
The City, in response to certain reductions in the workweek hours for the City firefighters, does hereby agree to grant each full-time non-aligned employee the following additional three holidays.
(1) The fourth Friday of November, known as the day after Thanksgiving.
(2) The twenty-fourth day of December, known as Christmas Eve Day.
(3) Effective January 1, 2001, a floating holiday to be taken on a day of the employee's choice, subject to approval of departmental supervision.
All part-time employees and full-time employees in the Department of Public Service with less than thirty days service with the City shall be entitled to the aforesaid holidays without pay.
In cases where an employee is required to work on a day which he or she would otherwise be entitled under this section to observe as a holiday, he or she will be paid for the holiday at the rate of eight times his or her normal hourly rate of pay and will be paid, in addition, at the rate of time and one-half for the hours he or she works on such holiday.
(e) Longevity Pay. Additional compensation for continuous full-time employment, which shall be entitled "longevity pay", shall be paid for each calendar year on the first pay period in December of each calendar year. The rate of longevity pay to which an employee shall be entitled in any calendar year shall be computed in accordance with the following schedule:
Years of Continuous, Full-Time Employment Completed as of the Anniversary Date of Employment
Rate of Longevity Pay Per Month
The amount of longevity pay to which an employee is entitled in a calendar year shall be computed by multiplying the number of months in the calendar year preceding and subsequent to his or her anniversary date of employment in that year by the applicable rate or rates of monthly longevity pay based upon the number of years of continuous full-time employment completed in that year, as determined in accordance with the above schedule.
In each calendar year, the anniversary date of employment shall be the first day of the month in which the employee commenced his continuous, full-time employment with the City. In calculating the length of an employee's continuous employment, full-time service in all departments of the City shall be included.
(f) Jury Duty Compensation. Each nonaligned regular full-time employee of the Department of Public Service shall, if called for jury duty, receive their regular compensation during the time spent in the capacity as jurors less the amount paid to them by the Court for such duty as jurors.
(Ord. 1994-20. Passed 4-25-94; Ord. 2000-16. Passed 4-10-00; Ord. 2000-53. Passed 11-27-00; Ord. 2001-28. Passed 9-10-01; Ord. 2006-10. Passed 3-30-06; Ord. 2013-4. Passed 2-25-13.)