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Office of Human Resources

Benefits

ANNUAL LEAVE HOLIDAYS EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER LEAVE
SICK LEAVE RETIREMENT FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE EMPLOYEE SUGGESTION AWARD PROGRAM
SICK LEAVE BANK DEFERRED COMPENSATION MATERNITY LEAVE STATE EMPLOYEE CHARITY FUND
INSURANCE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES MILITARY LEAVE CREDIT UNION
LONGEVITY EMPLOYEE HEALTH CLINIC BEREAVEMENT LEAVE  

ANNUAL LEAVE
Full-time employees who have between 0-5 years service earn one day of annual leave monthly, provided they work the major portion of that month. A normal workday is 7.5 hours. Employees with 5-10 years service earn 1.5 days per month; with 10-20 years service earn 1 3/4 days per month; and with 20 years service and over earn 2 days per month. Annual leave may be accumulated to a maximum of: 0-5 years service-30 days; 5-10 years service-36 days; 10-20 years service-39 days; 20 years service and over-42 days. Leave earned in excess of the maximum allowable for each group will be transferred to the employee's sick leave account annually on their anniversary hire date.

SICK LEAVE
Full-time employees accrue one day of sick leave per month, provided they work the major portion of that month. Employees can accumulate an unlimited number of sick days. Upon retirement, accumulated sick leave is creditable service in computing retirement benefits.

SICK LEAVE BANK
The sick leave bank provides emergency sick leave to a member employee who has suffered disability due to unplanned personal illness, injury, or quarantine and who has exhausted his/her personal sick, compensatory and annual leave balances. The member employee must meet the criteria established by the sick leave bank trustees and have been in a without pay status for five days. Sick leave may be transferred to sick leave bank members who have suffered disability due to unplanned personal illness or injury and who have exhausted all sick, annual and compensatory leave and leave approved through the sick leave bank.

INSURANCE
The State of Tennessee offers a Group Insurance Program consisting of life, accidental death and/or dismemberment, and medical insurance. The State pays 80% of the premium for this plan. Other optional plans paid by the employee include life, accident, and dental insurance.

LONGEVITY
Longevity is a lump sum payment intended to reward employees for service to the State and to encourage employees to remain employed by the State. Full-time employees are eligible for longevity at the completion of thirty-six months of creditable State service. The current maximum longevity amount is $100 per year of creditable State service up to 25 years. State and federal deductions apply.

HOLIDAYS
The state currently observes 11 holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

RETIREMENT
Full-time employees are automatically members of the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System. The State contributes 100% of the retirement funds. Eligible employees may retire with full benefits with 30 years creditable retirement service or age 60. Early retirement at age 55 with reduced benefits and for disability retirement are also provided.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION
Employees may contribute to an individual Deferred Compensation plan for added retirement and/or insurance benefits. The State matches the employee’s first $20 contribution per month.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Tuition reimbursement for job-related after-work courses, part-time and full-time educational leave, and tuition fee discounts at State colleges, universities, and technical schools are available to full-time employees. Dependent children may also qualify for a tuition discount.

EMPLOYEE HEALTH CLINIC
In Nashville, the Employee Health Service Center is available for use by State employees. The center is available on regular workdays. Employee Wellness screening, immunization programs, and initial emergency and referral care are also provided.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Employees with personal problems may seek assistance from professional counselors. The cost is covered by the Group Health Insurance Plan for certain behavioral-medical problems.

FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE
Family Medical Leave is available to eligible employees, which grants up to twelve workweeks of leave each year for certain family and medical reasons. Continued health insurance coverage is provided during the leave period, and the employee is reinstated to the same or an equivalent position once the leave period has ended.

MATERNITY LEAVE
Maternity leave is an absence from work granted any female employee who has been employed in state service for at least 12 consecutive months as a full-time employee. Maternity leave is a combination of sick, annual, or special leave without pay for a period not to exceed four months following the birth of a child.

MILITARY LEAVE
Granted in accordance with applicable state and federal laws, rules and regulations.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE
Leave with pay is granted for three days in the event of the death of an employee's spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, parents, grandparents, siblings, stepparents, foster parents, or parents-in-law without charge to the employee's leave time. Two additional days of sick leave may be granted to provide a total of five days absence for this purpose.

AMERICAN RED CROSS DISASTER LEAVE
An employee who is a certified disaster service volunteer for the American Red Cross may be granted up to fifteen workdays a year to participate in special relief services for the American Red Cross. Contact the Human Resources Office for additional information.

EMPLOYEE SUGGESTION AWARD PROGRAM
Employees are eligible for either cash or honorary awards under the Employee Suggestion Award Program. Cash awards are given for adopted suggestions resulting in substantial savings or improvements in state operations.

STATE EMPLOYEE CHARITY FUND
Employees may participate in supporting charitable efforts within the community. Participation is strictly voluntary and employees may contribute to the total effort or designate to a specific charitable agency. Contributions are payroll deducted.

CREDIT UNION
Employees may join the DOT Employees Credit Union. Members may conveniently save or borrow from the credit union through payroll deductions. Interest rates on loans and savings are usually more favorable than those of private lending institutions.

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