Paid Time-Off Benefits
Full-time employees accrue vacation days based on full-time years of service and position status. The minimum accrual is 10 days per calendar year (80 hours are accrued in a twelve month period). The maximum accrual is 25 days per calendar year (200 hours are accrued in a twelve month period) after 25 years of service. Part-time employees accrue vacation days based on their budgeted hours. Accrued vacation may be carried over to the next year limited to twice the annual rate of accrual.
Since the purpose of vacation time is to provide a period for rest and relaxation, the Hospital encourages all employees to utilize the vacation time benefits they accrue. However, in the event an employee is unable to utilize his or her vacation time, the Hospital will buy back up to 40 hours of vacation time each year. This can be done once annually during the last pay period of the year upon employee request during the published sell-back time period.
Full-time employees accrue 10 sick days per calendar year (3.08 hours are accrued each pay period). All part-time employees accrue sick days based upon their budgeted hours.
The accrued sick balance carries over from year to year, uncapped, to be used for illness or injury during the elimination period for long-term disability benefits (if eligible). The accrued unused sick day balance as of December 31, 2009 is added to years of service at the time of retirement as an increase in the pension plan benefit service.
Full-time employees receive six paid holidays: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
St. Clair Hospital designates Personal Days as Select Days. All full-and part-time employees of the Hospital may purchase a maximum of eight Select Days during the annual open enrollment period. The hourly rate of pay times the number of hours purchased, divided by 24 pay periods, determines the payroll deduction. Unused Select Days are paid to the employee in the last paycheck of the year. Select time is pro-rated upon reclassification to stand-by status or termination of employment.
Full-time employees receive up to a maximum of three days of pay and part-time employees receive up to a maximum of two days of pay (maximum of 8 hours per scheduled work day) in the event of absence due to a death of an immediate family member as defined in the Administrative policy.
Full-time employees will be granted up to 15 scheduled work days (up to 8 hours per scheduled work day) per calendar year to participate in jury duty. Part-time employees will be granted time off with pay equal to their budgeted hours (up to 8 hours per scheduled work day) while on jury duty for a maximum of three weeks.
Employees of St. Clair Hospital are granted a leave of absence when they are called to volunteer for military duty. Employees returning from a military leave will be compensated at the same wage and salary scale position, had military service not intervened.