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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
Employees may contribute to an individual
Deferred Compensation plan for added retirement and/or insurance benefits. The State
matches the employees first $20 contribution per month.
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 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.
Granted in accordance with applicable state
and federal laws, rules and regulations.
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.
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.
THE TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY