CITY OF GRAPEVINE BENEFITS
Vacation All regular full-time and regular part-time employees accrue vacation leave for each month of active service with the City. Accrual rate increases are based on length of service and number of hours worked per regular work week. Initial accruals are earned at the rate of 15 days per year (10 hours per month) for full-time employees. Firefighters working 24 hour shifts will accrue vacation leave at 7 ½ shifts per year (15 hours per month). Maximum vacation carried over from the end of one calendar year to the beginning of the next calendar year is 1 ½ times the employee’s annual vacation accrual rate. Vacation accruals may be used after satisfactory completion of initial probationary period.
Sick Leave All regular full-time and regular part-time employees accrue sick leave. Regular full-time employees accrue at the rate of 15 days per year (10 hours per month). Maximum sick leave accrual is 520 hours. Regular part-time employees accrue sick leave in proportion to hours budgeted for their position. Monthly maximum sick leave accrual shall never exceed the proportionate amount earned by a regular full-time employee. Firefighters accrue sick leave at the rate of 7.5 shifts per year (15 hours per month). Maximum accrual is 780 hours. Sick leave accruals may be used after satisfactory completion of initial probationary period.
Sick Leave Buy-Back Any regular full-time employee actively at work from November 1st to October 31st, who has an accrued balance of 160 hours of sick leave and who has taken no more than 40 hours sick leave during that period, can surrender 40 hours for cash payment at their current hourly rate. Firefighters, who have an accrued balance of 240 hours and who have taken no more than 56 hours sick leave, can surrender 56 hours for cash payment.
Longevity PayRegular full-time employees with one full year of service as of December 1st receive longevity pay of $48 for each completed year of service up to a maximum of $1200.
Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS) Regular full-time and regular part-time employee's tax-deferred contribution into the pension fund is 7% of gross wages. The City matches this contribution on a 2 to 1 ratio, vested after 5 years. Employees are eligible to retire with 20 years of service at any age or at age 60 with at least 5 years of service.
Public Agency Retirement System (PARS-AR 457 Account) Part-time, casual, and seasonal employees who are not eligible to participate in the Texas Municipal Retirement System will contribute 6.2% of gross wages into their tax-deferred PARS-AR 457 Account. The City will contribute 1.3% of the employee’s gross wage into the employee’s account. Employees are 100% vested immediately in the PARS-AR 457 Account.
The employee and the City contribute 1.45% of earnings towards Medicare but are exempt from other Social Security taxes.