Leave Benefits

Vacation Leave

Full-time, regular Denton County employees may earn vacation credit or become entitled to vacation leave. Probationary employees will accrue vacation leave, and may use it after the completion of their probationary period. Vacation Leave must be approved by the employee’s supervisor. Part-time employees will accrue vacation leave based on the percentage of time worked.

Annual Accrual
0 to 5 years10 vacation days per year
More than 5 years; no more than 10 years12 vacation days per year
More than 10 years; no more than 15 years15 vacation days per year
More than 15 years20 days per year

Sick Leave

Full time employees earn 12 days of sick leave a year. This time is accrued at the rate of 8 hours each month and may be used (subject to approval by the supervisor) as accrued. Part-time employees earn sick leave based on the percentage of time worked.

Sick Leave Pool Program

Denton County provides a program where regular full-time employees can voluntarily donate accrued sick or vacation hours to a pool for the use by other Denton County employees in the event a catastrophic illness or injury forces the employee to exhaust all paid leave time.

Sick Leave Pool is allocated based on the catastrophic nature of the illness or injury, the number of hours available in the Sick Leave Pool bank, the number of current requests, etc. Therefore, donated leave time may not be designated to specific individuals or employees.

Employees who have completed 12 months of employment may apply for Shared Sick Leave Pool.

Family Medical Leave

The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA), guarantees up to 12 weeks of unpaid job protected leave to "eligible" employees for certain family and medical reasons. In accordance with the Act, employees are eligible if they have worked at Denton County for at least one year, and for 1,250 hours over the previous 12 months. Certain specific policies affect the eligibility and use of this policy. Employees should consult the applicable policies and/or, contact their supervisor or manager.

Holiday Leave

Denton County Commissioners Court designates 13 days annually as paid holidays for qualified employees. Following is a current list of paid holidays, subject to change each year:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • President’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Juneteenth
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Personal Leave

Full-time employees who have completed probation will receive eight hours of Personal Leave January 1st and eight hours Personal Leave July 1st of each year.

Employees Rights Under the Family & Medical Leave