Employee Benefits

Leave and Holidays

Holidays

Employee receives 11 paid holidays as follows: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Friday, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Accumulation of Paid Time Off (PTO)

The purpose of Paid Time Off, hereinafter known as PTO, is to establish a leave program that allows eligible BOCC employees flexibility in planning for and taking time off. PTO combines personal business or recreation, doctor appointments and unexpected absences such as illness or illness in the family, into a single system that simplifies accountability and tracking. For more information, please see the PTO Policy.

PTO shall be earned based on the following schedule for regular employees who work 80 hours per pay period with no scheduled overtime:

Less than 5 years of service192 hours per year
5-10 years service216 hours per year
11-14 years service240 hour per year
15-19 years service264 hours per year
20 years or more288 hours per year

PTO shall be earned based on the following schedule for Emergency Services and other employees who work 76 regular hours and 8 scheduled overtime hours per pay period:

Less than 5 years of service202 hours per year
5-10 years service227 hours per year
11-14 years service252 hour per year
15-19 years service277 hours per year
20 years or more302 hours per year

PTO shall be earned based on the following schedule for Emergency Services employees who work 106 regular hours and 6 scheduled overtime hours per pay period:

Less than 5 years of service269 hours per year
5-10 years service302 hours per year
11-14 years service336 hour per year
15-19 years service370 hours per year
20 years or more395 hours per year

PTO shall be earned based on the following schedule for Emergency Services employees who work 80 regular hours and 32 scheduled overtime hours per pay period:

Less than 5 years of service269 hours per year
5-10 years service302 hours per year
11-14 years service336 hour per year
15-19 years service370 hours per year
20 years or more395 hours per year

Payout of PTO Upon Separation from Employment

In cases of separation from employment with Bay County by voluntary resignation, involuntary reduction in workforce or occupational disability, employees who have successfully completed their probationary period may receive a maximum PTO payout as shown below:

Regular employees who work 80 hours per pay period with no scheduled overtime240 hours
Emergency Services employees who work 76 regular hours and 8 scheduled overtime hours per pay period252 hours
Emergency Services employees who work 106 regular hours and 6 scheduled overtime hours per pay period336 hours
Emergency Services employees who work 80 regular hours and 32 scheduled overtime hours per pay period336 hours

Bereavement Leave

Up to three consecutive working days for any death in the immediate family. This leave will not be charged against the employee's PTO.

Leave Without Pay (LWOP)

Time off without pay for a period of time appropriate to the circumstances. LWOP must be approved, in advance, by the County Manager and is not intended for leisure purposes. Types of Leave without Pay include:

  • Military Leave
  • Maternity Leave
  • Family and Medical Leave

Sick Leave Pool

Allows participating full-time regular employees to pool sick leave for use on the depletion of their personally accrued sick leave. For more information, please see the Sick Leave Pool Policy.


Retirement

Bay County is a member of the Florida Retirement System. Employees are currently required to pay 3% of gross salary on a pre-taxed basis with the Board of County Commission contributing the remaining amount. Visit the FRS website for more details.


Insurance

Health & Life Insurance

90% of total premium paid by the Board of County Commissioners for employee and eligible dependents. Health insurance provided by Florida Blue.

Healthiest You

Free to employees who have our health insurance. This is a 24 hour a day 7 days a week free telephone doctor consultation service for covered employees and their dependents to take care of minor illnesses.

Dental Insurance

100% of total premium paid by the employee.

Vision Insurance

100% of total premium paid by the employee.

Worker's Compensation

Insurance for on-the-job injuries.


Other

Florida Retirement System

Bay County is a member of the Florida Retirement System (FRS) which provides employees with a retirement income. For long term employees especially, FRS offers them the promise of a generous retirement.

Training and Development

In an effort to give our employees the tools they need to succeed in the performance of their job duties, the County has developed an in-house Employee Academy with courses designed to meet employees’ needs at different stages of career growth. Outside training opportunities are also provided to employees.

Incentive Programs

To encourage employees to give back to the community, the County offers its employees opportunities to earn incentive leave by participating in events such as blood drives and volunteering their services at the annual Haunted Hayride which raises money for local charities.

Education Assistance Program

For employees who want to further their careers through education, the County offers a tuition reimbursement program.

Tax Deferred Programs

County employees are eligible to participate in a number of tax deferred programs, such as 457 Plans, Health Savings Accounts (HSA), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Section 125 Cafeteria Plans. Current employees can visit www.myflexonline.com for information on their HSA or FSA status.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The County provides 5 free counseling visits annually for employees and family members at Life Management to help with short term problem resolution.

Credit Union

Eligibility to become a member of Tyndall Federal Credit Union with payroll deduction available.

Direct Deposit

Electronic transfer of net pay into any bank or credit union.

Court Duty

An employee who is legally summoned to serve on a jury during a court trial or subpoenaed may be permitted absence with pay for the time required for such duty.

Uniforms and Safety Footwear

In certain jobs where uniforms are required, they may be furnished at no cost to employee. In certain jobs where safety boots/shoes are required, they shall be furnished to the employee at no cost up to the allotted dollar amount.