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Annual Leave

Annual leave allows you time to rest, relax or tend to personal business. You earn annual leave based on whether you are:

  • A part-time or full-time salaried employee.
  • A Career Service, a Selected Exempt Service (SES) or Senior Management Service (SMS) employee.

Annual leave requires approval from your supervisor and must be earned before taken. Check with your supervisor or agency Human Resources office for more information.

Career Service Employees

Full-time employees receive:

Length of Service Hours of Leave Earned During Pay Period

 

Monthly

Biweekly

Up to five years of service (60 months)

8.667

4

Five to 10 years of service (61 months to 120 months)

10.833

5

Over 10 years of service (over 120 months)

13

6

Part-time employees and employees who work less than a full pay period (for example, new hires, or those on a leave of absence without pay) receive prorated leave credits based on time worked per pay period.

Your accrued leave moves with you if you change agencies within 31 days. You also may maintain annual leave balances of 240 hours (or, depending on your agency's policy, no more than 360 hours) during the calendar year. Leave balances in excess of the maximum amount allowed by your agency will convert to sick leave if not used by December 31. Check with your agency Human Resources office about your agency's allowed maximum balance. Once you have completed one full year of service, you are paid up to 240 hours if you leave state employment and have an annual leave balance. Payment of an annual leave balance is limited to a lifetime cap of 240 hours.

SMS and SES Employees

Full-time SMS and SES employees earn 176 hours of annual leave (all at once) when appointed to a position and on each anniversary date thereafter. Your accrued leave moves with you if you change agencies within 31 days. You also may carry up to 480 hours of annual leave from anniversary to anniversary. Leave balances in excess of 480 hours shall convert to sick leave if not used before your next anniversary date. If you leave state employment and after the hours accrued on your last anniversary are prorated, you are paid up to 480 hours of your leave balance. Check with your agency Human Resources office to see how hours are prorated.