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Broward County > Benefits > ABCs > Accrued Leave thru Automobile Accidents

Accrued Leave

When using accrued leave, an employee must take a minimum of 30 minutes. Before an employee may be considered for leave without pay, all applicable accrued leave must be exhausted. (See Leave of Absence Without Pay). Requests for leave must be submitted in advance to the Division for approval and will be granted in accordance with the Division’s operational needs. Employees covered by a collective bargaining agreement are subject to the provisions of the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Note: In 2014, Broward County began implementing a new timekeeping and attendance system, easyPay. Certain leave procedures will change as easyPay is launched countywide. Visit Broward.org/easyPay for updates.

Address Changes

Submit address changes to your division’s Payroll Liaison on the Employee Address Change Form. Visit the BC-Net and click FORMS under the PAYROLL section. Check your address on your next ePay statement to make sure the change has been processed correctly. Failure to maintain your current address can delay your receipt of time-sensitive information, such as FRS statements, benefit ID cards and benefit-related information.

Employees who have applied for positions online at Broward.org/Careers need to make the necessary changes to their personal profile online.

Advantage Marketing Program

The Advantage Marketing Program encourages the use of revenue-based opportunities, such as paid advertising, naming rights, co-sponsorships, in-kind exchanges and other creative marketing strategies to generate new revenues, enhance services, offset program costs, and enhance and expand educational outreach opportunities with private sector entities, not-for-profit organizations or other governments. The program sets standards for implementation that protect Broward County’s image and ensure an equitable exchange of promotional value. Employees who solicit Advantage Marketing opportunities must receive proper authorization and training, and agencies must report activities annually. For more information, visit the BC-Net and click OFFICE OF PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS under AGENCIES, email publicinfo@ broward.org, or contact the Office of Public Communications at 954-357-6990.

Alternate Duty

Employees injured in the course of their employment may be provided alternate duty or temporary work assignments consistent with the attending physician’s orders during recuperation. Employees are expected to accept alternate duty assignments or face a reduction in worker’s compensation benefits.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

The ADA is a comprehensive civil rights act that prohibits discrimination and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities.

ADA Title I provides protection from disability-based discrimination in all aspects of employment. Qualified employees or applicants with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of a job. To

request a reasonable accommodation, employees should contact the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards (OIAPS) at 954-357-6500.

ADA Title II requires all County facilities, programs, services and activities to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. To report that a County facility, program, service or activity is inaccessible, contact OIAPS at 954-357-6500.

Additional information about the ADA can be found at Broward.org/Disabilities.

Anniversary Date

The date your employment begins and that date each following year is considered to be your anniversary date. Anniversary dates may change when an employee is promoted, demoted or on leave without pay, as well as for other reasons. Call the Human Resources - Compensation Services Section at 954-357-6438 or email compensation@broward.org for assistance.

Annual Leave

Benefit-eligible employees begin to accrue annual leave immediately upon employment. Employees in part-time 20-plus hour positions accrue annual leave in proportion to their scheduled hours, subject to approval by the Office of Management and Budget. No more than 280 hours of annual leave can be carried over each year.

Benefit-eligible employees whose positions are covered by a collective bargaining agreement should consult their collective bargaining agreement for the applicable annual leave provisions which include accrual rates and rules of request and approval.

Benefit-eligible employees whose positions are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement accrue annual leave as shown below:

County Service Accrual Rate

  • Less than 5 years: 80 hours per year (3.08 hours per pay period) = 2 weeks*
  • 5 to 10 years: 120 hours per year (4.62 hours per pay period) = 3 weeks*
  • 10-plus years: 160 hours per year (6.15 hours per pay period) = 4 weeks*

* Based on a regular 40-hour workweek (See Work Schedule)

Note: In 2014, Broward County began implementing easyPay, a new timekeeping and attendance system. Certain leave request procedures will change as easyPay is launched countywide. Visit Broward.org/easyPay for updates.

Annual Leave Cash-Out

Unrepresented Employees: Benefit-eligible employees whose positions are not covered by a collective bargaining agreement (or where a collective bargaining agreement specifically provides for annual leave cash out as described herein) can cash out accrued annual leave once per calendar year up to a maximum before-tax amount of $4,000. In order to be eligible for cash out, an employee must have used a minimum of 80 hours of leave (job basis and/or annual leave) during the preceding 12 months (calendar year basis). A balance of 40 hours must remain after the cash out.

Represented Employees – Benefit-eligible employees whose positions are covered by a collective bargaining unit can cash out accrued annual leave once each calendar year to pay for expenses related to education or career development and for computer purchases. The maximum before-tax amount that can be cashed out is $2,000 per calendar year, subject to policy limitations.

Contact the Human Resources Division-Employee Benefits Services Section at benefits@broward.org or 954-357-6700 for information about payout of annual leave upon entering DROP.

Annual Leave Cash-Out: Excess

Unrepresented Employees: Benefit-eligible employees who have an accrued annual leave balance in excess of 280 hours at the end of the last pay period of the calendar year shall have all hours beyond 280 hours automatically cashed out provided that the employee has used at least 80 hours of leave (all annual leave or a combination of annual leave and job basis leave) during that calendar year. If an otherwise eligible employee has not used 80 hours of leave during that calendar year, the accrued annual leave in excess of 280 hours will be forfeited. Contact the Human Resources Division- Compensation Services Section at compensation@broward.org or 954-357-6438 for assistance.

Represented Employees – Employees should refer to their applicable collective bargaining agreement for the excess annual leave policy. Contact the Human Resources Division-Labor Relations Section at labor_relations@broward.org or 954-357-6006 with any questions.

At-Will Employment

Effective October 1, 2000, all new appointments have been classified as exempt from Civil Service: appointees are "at will" and serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority, except as provided by any collective bargaining agreements.

Automobile Accidents

Employees involved in an automobile accident while driving in the course of conducting County business must report the accident to their supervisor and to the Risk Management Division immediately. A Loss Notice must be completed within 24 hours of the accident and forwarded to the Risk Management Division. After any accident, the police must be contacted and a police report must be requested and completed. If a citation is issued in connection with an accident while driving a County vehicle, employees will be represented by the County Attorney’s Office. Also see: Seat Belts.

Automobile Accident Review Committee

This committee reviews accidents involving County vehicles and drivers to determine if accidents could have been prevented. The committee may recommend corrective action to prevent or minimize the frequency or severity of future accidents. The Automobile Accident Review Committee is administered by the Safety and Occupational Health Section of the Risk Management Division.


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