153.07   INSURANCE, VACATIONS, HOLIDAYS, LONGEVITY AND JURY DUTY.
   (a)   Insurance-Medical.  Each non-aligned regular and civilian employee of the Fire Department shall, after one month of such full-time service, be entitled to health insurance provided by the City. Health benefit plan design, coverage options and employee cost of participation shall be determined annually and such conditions to be outlined in a Health Benefit Summary document to be provided to employee at the inception of each benefit year.
   (b)   Insurance-Group Life.  Each non-aligned full-time regular and civilian employee shall, after one year of such full-time service, be entitled to fully paid group life insurance in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000).
   (c)   Vacations. Each nonaligned regular and civilian full-time member of the Fire Department shall be entitled to the following annual vacation 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 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 Fire Department 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 and civilian full-time employee of the Fire Department shall be entitled to twelve paid holidays. The City, in response to certain reductions in the workweek hours for the City firefighters, does hereby agree to grant each non-aligned regular and civilian employee of the Fire Department one additional holiday for the year 2000. Commencing January 1, 2001, each non-aligned regular and civilian full-time employee of the Fire Department shall be entitled to fifteen paid holidays.
   (e)   Longevity Pay.  Additional compensation for continuous, full-time employment, which shall be entitled "longevity pay", shall be paid for each calendar year at the first pay period in December of that 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
0 - 4
$ -0-
5
20.83
10
41.66
15
62.50
20
83.33
25
104.16
30
125.00
 
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 such 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 full 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 or her 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 non-aligned regular and civilian full-time employee of the Fire Department shall, if called for jury duty, receive their regular compensation during the time spent in the capacity as jurors less the amount paid them by the court for such duty as jurors.
(Ord. 1997-20.  Passed 6-23-97; 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. 2013-7.  Passed 2-25-13.)