Paid Leave

The City and County of Denver provides several types of paid leave to help employees achieve a work/life balance:
For more information on all paid leave offered, please refer to CS Rule 10 - Paid Leave.
 
Paid Time Off (PTO)
PTO offers flexibility to employees in accessing and managing time off because it provides one leave bank that can be used for both vacation and sick leave purposes.

Eligibility

Eligible employees hired or re-hired after December 31, 2009 and employees hired prior to January 1, 2010 who elected to convert from the sick and vacation leave plan to the PTO plan.
 
Paid Time Off Monthly Accrual Table

Years of Consecutive Service PTO Hours Earned Monthly
0-6 Months 10 Hours
6 Months - 5 Years 12 Hours
5 - 10 Years 15 Hours
10 - 15 Years 18 Hours
15 and Over 19 Hours

Maximum PTO bank: 400 hours
Sick and Vacation
The sick and vacation leave plan provides two separate banks, one for sick leave and one for vacation leave.

Eligibility

Eligible employees hired prior to January 1, 2010 who remain continuously employed by the City and who did not voluntarily elect to receive PTO benefits.
 
Sick and Vacation Monthly Accrual Table

Years of Consecutive Service Sick Earned Monthly
Vacation Earned Monthly
0-5 Years 8 Hours 8 Hours
5-10 Years 8 Hours 10 Hours
10-15 Years 8 Hours 12 Hours
15 Years and Over 8 Hours 14 Hours

Maximum vacation bank: Under 10 years=288 hours, 10 years and over=336
Maximum sick bank: 960 hours

Bereavement Leave

Employees who receive PTO benefits shall be entitled to use up to forty (40) hours of paid bereavement leave because of the death of a member of the employee’s immediate family. This forty (40) hours of bereavement leave shall not count against the employee’s PTO bank.

Employees in the sick and vacation leave plan may use up to forty-eight (48) hours of their accrued sick leave hours due to the death of a member of the employee's immediate family. 


Holiday Leave

The City provides eleven (11) paid holidays per year to eligible employees.
  • New Year's Day (January 1);
  • Martin Luther King Day (third Monday in January);
  • Washington's Birthday (third Monday in February);
  • Cesar Chavez Day (last Monday in March);
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May);
  • Independence Day (July 4);
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September);
  • Veterans' Day (November 11);
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November);
  • Christmas Day (December 25);
  • Personal holiday (one (1) personal holiday on a date agreed upon by the employee and the City to be used within the calendar year). 

Other Paid Leave
Eligible employees may also be eligible for paid court leave, election leave, administrative leave and military leave.

Contact

For questions specific to leave, contact:
Pete Garritt
HR Supervisor
720-913-5671

For questions about anything related to pay, contact:
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