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Bilingual Stipend

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A bilingual stipend is an additional payment on an employee’s paycheck, paid to employees who meet specific conditions. Career Service Rule 9 outlines the bilingual services stipend including who is eligible to receive a per pay period stipend, how much the stipend is and when the employee is no longer eligible for the bilingual services stipend. 

Employee Q&A

A bilingual stipend is awarded to an employee whose current classification does not require the use of a second language, but the employee uses a second language on the job. It is up to the department/agency to determine whether the language usage is sufficient to qualify for a stipend.

Yes, Career Service Rule 9 details eligibility requirements, pay, and effective dates for receiving the bilingual services stipend. For more information on the bilingual stipend please review Career Service Rule 9 Pay Administration.

The bilingual stipend will be added to your paycheck the Monday after the test is completed with a passing result.

 

Manager Q&A

  • Work with department/agency leadership to determine if the employee qualifies for the stipend
  • Complete the Bilingual Stipend Request form 
  • Send the request form to BilingualStipendRequest@denvergov.org 
  • Once the assessment team sends you the completed form with the test results, request the bilingual stipend pay in Workday 
  • If the employee no longer uses the second language, remove the stipend pay in Workday

Yes. Spanish and Russian tests are $60. Vietnamese tests are $119. Prices vary for other languages, please contact BilingualStipendRequest@denvergov.org for more information.

Once you have determined that the employee’s duties do require or will require the use of a second language:

  • Download the Bilingual Stipend Request form
  • Complete the form, including a signature from your department/agency’s expending authority that indicates the department/agency will pay the testing cost
  • Email the form to BilingualStipendRequest@denvergov.org. Your employee will be emailed instructions and log in information to complete the language test
  • Once your employee completes the test, they must notify BilingualStipendRequest@denvergov.org. You will receive a copy of the completed request form with the test results and stipend effective date within one business day
  • Complete the Bilingual Stipend Pay request in Workday and attach the completed form

 
 

When an employee changes his/her position or transfers, the manager must stop the bilingual stipend in Workday.

When an employee goes out on leave, the manager must suspend the bilingual stipend in Workday. The manager can turn the bilingual stipend back on when the employee returns.