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This page is moving on August 1, 2020

This page is moving on August 1, 2020. The information on this page is only applicable to people employed by the City and County of Denver. Employees can now find this information on under Employee Resources > TIMECARDS & PAY > Leave & Time Off.

Paid Leave


The City and County of Denver provides several types of paid leave to help employees achieve a work/life balance:

  • Paid Time Off (PTO) or Sick and vacation
  • Bereavement leave
  • Holiday leave
  • Other 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.

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.

Eligible employees hired prior to January 1, 2010 who remain continuously employed at 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.

An immediate family member is defined in Career Service Rule 10 and includes the following: spouse, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, partner in a civil union, domestic partner, and the parent, child, or sibling of the partner in a civil union or domestic partner, as well as minor children for whom the employee or the employee's partner in a civil union or domestic partner provide day-to-day care and financial support.

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.