Holidays, Vacations & Medical Leave
All benefited employees in an active pay status have these days off with pay each fiscal year:
- New Year's Day, January 1
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, third Monday in January
- President's Day, third Monday in February
- Memorial Day, last Monday in May
- Independence Day, July 4
- Labor Day, first Monday in September
- Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
- Day after Thanksgiving Day, fourth Friday in November
- Christmas Day, December 25
- Floating holiday, to be taken at any time during the fiscal year subject to management approval
Holidays falling on Saturday will be observed on Friday and holidays falling on Sunday will be observed on Monday.
Certain employees may be required to work on a holiday. These employees, excluding part-time and job-share employees, are paid one and one-half (1 1/2) times their normal rate of pay for the number of hours worked.
Specified emergency personnel in the police department may be given holiday pay regardless of whether or not they are assigned to a shift the day of the holiday.
Excerpted from: (Ord. No. 1837, 1(Art. 5, 501), 6-15-87; Ord. No. 2234, 1, 5-1-89; Ord. No. 2365, 1, 6-3-91; Ord. No. 2868, 22, 3-4-96)
Benefited employees accrue annual vacation based on a universal benefit date, as outlined below.
|Years of Service||Annual Hours Earned||Maximum Hours Carryover|
To Next Year
|10 and over||160.8||321.6|
Paid vacations continue to accrue during any leave with pay. All vacations are subject to the provisions of applicable administrative guidelines, the operational needs of the employee's department and are subject to the prior approval of the employee's supervisor.
Employees are encouraged to use vacation annually rather than accruing hours. The city reserves the right to postpone or cancel vacations in the event of any emergency. This includes the right to recall an employee from vacation.
An employee is eligible to take accrued vacation after completing thirteen (13) biweekly pay periods. Termination of employment prior to completion of thirteen (13) biweekly pay periods voids accrued vacation.
Upon termination, employees are paid for unused accrued vacation, except as outlined above.
Excerpted from: (Ord. No. 1837, 1(Art. 5, 502), 6-15-87; Ord. No. 2446, 4-20-92; Ord. No. 2868, 23, 3-4-96)
Full-time regular and probationary employees on an active pay status accrue eight (8) hours of medical leave each month based on a universal benefit date. Medical leave may be taken only when earned.
Excerpted from: (Ord. No. 1837, 1(Art. 5, 503), 6-15-87; Ord. No. 2284, 6-4-90; Ord. No. 2868, 24, 3-4-96)
For further information on leave benefits, employees can access the AR 343 Leave Policy on the city's intranet through the Employee Self Service system, others may contact Human Resources at (480) 312-7600 for more information.
- Contact Human Resources at (480) 312-7600
- Send an email to
- Stop by one of our offices (7575 E. Main St or at the Corporation Yard).
Produced by Human Resources
This guide represents a summary of benefits provided by the City of Scottsdale to benefited employees. Every effort has been made to report information accurately. All information, including the amount of any benefit and employee eligibility of benefits, is subject to and governed by the terms and conditions of the applicable policy or plan documents. In all cases where any of the information provided in this guide differs from the amount of benefit actually provided by the policy or plan, the terms of the legal documents will control.