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Benefits for Employees

City of Lakeland

Benefits For All Regular Full-Time & Regular Part-Time Employees 


Annual Leave 

Annual leave is accumulated monthly and based upon years of service as follows:

Years of Service

Annual Leave

Less than five years

12 days per year

Five through fifteen years

15 days per year

More than fifteen years

20 days per year

Annual leave may be taken as earned by employees hired after January 1, 1989. Employees hired prior to that date use annual leave within the calendar year following the year the leave is earned. All employees may carry over up to a maximum of 20 days at the end of the calendar year. 

Regular part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week accrue annual leave at the rate of 4 hours per month.*

Sick Leave

Unlimited accrual at the rate of one day per month. Eligible for use as soon as earned. Regular part-time employees who work at least 20 hours per week accrue sick leave at the rate of 4 hours per month.

*NOTE: REGULAR employees with a working day other than 8 hours, please contact your supervisor regarding these policies.

Sick Leave Pool

Allows employees to receive sick leave benefits in cases involving catastrophic or long-term illnesses or injuries after all personal leave time has been depleted. Regular full-time employees contribute 8 hours and Regular part-time employees contribute 4 hours on an annual basis. Employees must have completed one full year of service on or before December 31st of the calendar year enrollment; and have accumulated at least 40 hours of sick time (20 hours for Regular part-time employees). Participation in this program is voluntary. 

For more information contact Vickie Strickland at (863) 834-6037.

Family & Medical Leave

Federal legislation guarantees up to 12 weeks per year off work under certain circumstances outlined in the policy manual. The employees must have been employed by the City for at least 12 months and have at least 1,250 hours of service during the 12 month period before the requested leave. The City will continue its group life and health insurance for an employee on leave at the same level and under the same conditions that existed while the employee was working.

Pension Plan

Provision for retirement income requiring mandatory participation for full-time regular employees.

Defined Benefit Plan

Plan C

Defined Contribution Plan: Executive & New Hires Over Age 52

Employee 6.0%

Employee 8 & or
11% per election Upon Hire


Employer 19.6%

Employer 15.34%

Deferred Compensation 457 Plan:

A voluntary plan that is invested in mutual funds.  The Employees’ Pension Board performs the due diligence on the mutual funds. Employees may reallocate their account at any time. Maximum contribution for 2016 is $18,000; employees age 50 or older can also add a “catch-up” amount of $6,000. Additionally, a match of up to 5% of salary is offered by the City in Plan C.


Eleven (11) holidays, includes one personal floating holiday to be used at any time after three months of employment and prior to the end of the calendar year.

Funeral Leave

Up to three days off with pay due to death of an immediate family member (as defined in the policy manual). Up to four hours off with pay may be obtained through supervisor approval to attend local funeral services of persons other than immediate family.

Jury/Witness Duty 

Employees required to serve on jury duty will be relieved of responsibility for their regular work shift or portion thereof and receive full pay while serving. All fees received for such service may be retained by the employee. Employees subpoenaed to any civil or criminal court proceeding, which employee is not personally or monetarily interested, shall be paid as if engaged in regular work activities.

Military Leave

Allows for up to 240 hours in any one calendar year for annual military training without loss of pay or benefits for any employee in some type of reserve status for the United States Armed Forces. (see policy manual for additional information).

Maternity Leave 

Refer to Family & Medical Leave for those employees who qualify. Others may take up to three months leave of absence available upon approval of the Department Head. Employees may opt to utilize any combination of paid (sick or annual leave) or unpaid leave.

Leave of Absence Without Pay

Written requests are subject to approval by Department Head and City Manager or designee for less than 90 days. Requests for more than 90 days also require Civil Service Board approval for employees in a Civil Service classification.

Longevity Pay

Years of Service

Semiannual Payout

Annual Payout

10-14 years of service



15-19 years of service



20+ years of service




Tuition Reimbursement

Eligible after one year of employment. Program provides employees up to $1,800 per fiscal year (October 1 through September 30) for reimbursement of tuition of approved college, university, vocational, or correspondence classes upon completion with a grade of “C” or better in credit courses only. Full reimbursement is given for courses and fees, upon approval. The program does not include reimbursement for cost of books, supplies or other related expenses. 

For more information, contact Lynnette Alvarez at (863) 834-6019.

Suggestion Awards

A program designed to provide a consistent and organized method for employees to submit and be rewarded for constructive ideas for improvement. Maximum award is $1000. 

For additional information, contact Kathy McNelis at (863) 834-6348.

Direct Deposit of Paycheck (Refer to handout in new employee folder.)

An account must be established with the institution of your choice prior to signing up for direct deposit.


Uniforms issued at no cost to employees for those job classifications which require them. Equipment is issued to employees at either no cost or discounted cost depending upon job classification.


Free while at work.

Break Periods 

Employees may be permitted two 15 minute breaks during the work day. The time shall be at the discretion of the supervisor.

Additional Information

  • For Information on Health Insurance, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance please contact Risk Management at (863) 834-6797.
  • For Information on Retirement Benefits, contact the Retirement Services Department, (863) 834-8784 or 8794.
  • For Information on Firefighter and Police Officer Retirement Benefits, contact Benefits USA at (800) 452-2454 x205.