Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits

Bereavement Leave
One to three (1-3) days up to a maximum of five (5) days for the death of immediate family members including: spouse, mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, daughter, son, sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandchild, stepfamily of the employee or spouse of the step family.  The department head may grant additional days to employees under extenuating circumstances.

Family Medical Leave Act

This act entitles eligible employees to take unpaid leave for medical reasons such as: the birth or adoption of a child, placement of a child for foster care, and for the care of a child, spouse, or parent who has a serious health condition.  Please contact the Human Resources Department for detailed benefit information and a copy of the Act.

The following holidays shall be allowed and when such holiday occurs within the working week, each employee shall be paid for a full day as if working:

New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Presidents' Day, Patriot's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Whenever one of the foregoing holidays occurs on Saturday or Sunday, the employee shall be given an additional day off.  If the additional day off cannot be given because of personnel shortage or other cause, the employer should be entitled to an additional day's pay.

Those who are required to work on a holiday due to an emergency shall be paid time and one half (1.5 hours) for the hours worked in addition to regular holiday pay.

Jury Duty
The City's obligation to pay employees called for jury duty is set forth in MGL, Chapter 234A, Section 48, which states in pertinent part - "Each regularly employed trial or grand juror shall be paid regular wages by his employer for the first three days, or part thereof, of juror service.  Regular employment shall include part-time, temporary, and casual employment.  As long as the employment hours of a juror reasonably may be determined by a schedule or custom and practice established during the three-month period preceding the term of service of such juror."  If you have questions regarding pay for jury service, please ask your supervisor or contact the Human Resources Department.


Applicable to wage and salary grade classification.

Years of Service
Less than 1 year
More than 1 year, but less than 5
At least 5 years, but less than 10
At least 10 years, but less than 15
At least 15 years, but less than 20
At least 20 years
Vacation Days
At the discretion of your Dept. Head
10 Days
15 Days
20 Days
25 Days
30 Days

In all cases, vacation shall be taken during the calendar year unless the employee is given permission in writing by their department head with the approval of the Mayor to carry the vacation time into the succeeding calendar year.

All vacation rights arising out of creditable service accumulated in any department of the City shall be transferable by an employee to any other department.

Every Employee who has worked thirty (30) work weeks in the aggregate during the twelve months preceding the first day of June in the current year shall be eligible for a vacation at least 2 weeks with pay. This provision shall not apply to employees in the Police and Fire Departments.

Parental Leave
Parental leave is available to full-time employees who have completed their probationary period. The employee must give a two-week notice of their departure date and state their intention to return to the job. The employee has a maximum of an eight-week maternity of leave of absence without pay, but without loss of fringe benefits.  The employee is responsible for 100% of the benefit premiums for the duration of the leave.  For additional information see MGL Chapter 149, Section 105D, or contact the Human Resources Department.