What is the Sick Leave Buy Back? How does it work?
The Sick Leave Buy Back is incentive pay paid to eligible full-time general government employees based on sick leave usage during the previous fiscal year. To be eligible, an employee must have completed the six-month orientation period prior to Oct. 1 of the year in which the buy back is paid, and be continuously employed up to and including the full day the payment is distributed.

The maximum number of sick hours a full-time employee accrues within a year is 120 hours; this is the number of hours the sick leave buy back is based upon. It could be less if an employee has not been employed the entire fiscal year. Payroll will deduct the number of hours used during the previous fiscal year from 120 (or the accrued number of hours for those that have not been here a full year) and the employee receives a buy back check based on 25 percent of remaining hours. The maximum allowable buy back is 30 hours plus two additional hours to be paid to employees who did not use any sick leave during the previous fiscal year. An employee’s sick leave balance is not reduced by this payment.

This year, eligible employees with direct deposit received Sick Leave Buy Back pay credited to their accounts Nov. 23. Checks were delivered to employees without direct deposit. No action is required from eligible employees to receive Sick Leave Buy Back pay. For more information, contact Payroll Administrator Becky Babcock at bbabcock@cityofirving.org or (972) 721-3779.

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1. If I get arrested, what are my responsibilities? Will I be terminated?
2. If the weather gets too bad and an employee is not able to come into work, how does that affect the employee’s pay?
3. How are vacation requests handled and how much notice needs to be given?
4. What should I do if I believe to be the victim or witness of sexual harassment while at work?
5. Do I have options other than using vacation or personal leave to care for a seriously ill dependent once I have used 40 hours of dependent sick leave?
6. If I am placed on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP), do I still get my merit increase?
7. With the holidays approaching, is it a requirement for me to work on the business day preceding and following the holiday in order to get my holiday pay?
8. I am considering getting a part-time job outside of the city. Am I obligated to notify my supervisor?
9. If a resident or client gives me a Christmas gift, am I able to accept it?
10. What is the Sick Leave Buy Back? How does it work?
11. If I have problem/concern with one of my peers or supervisor, what do I need to do?
12. If I need to handle something personal during my lunch and I know it may exceed longer than an hour, can I not take my breaks and use that additional time to cover?
13. What do I do if I know someone is stealing city equipment or materials?
14. What information will be released if someone calls to verify my employment?
15. Once I am hired on with the city and complete my initial drug test and background check, can my supervisor request a random background check on me anytime during my employment?
16. As a city employee and an Irving resident, is there any point at which my support of a candidate for Irving City Council could violate city policy?
17. My partner and I are expecting a child. What steps should I take to prepare for this event?
18. If I have a car accident during work hours or receive a traffic violation while conducting official city business while operating a city vehicle, what do I need to do?
19. If I hold a professional position with the city, is it acceptable to wear leggings?
20. If I am placed on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP), do I still get my merit increase?