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Time Off


The company observes and allows time off with pay for the following holidays:

• New Year’s Day
• Martin Luther King Day
• Presidents’ Day
• Patriots’ Day
• Memorial Day
• Independence Day
• Labor Day
• Veterans’ Day
• Thanksgiving Day
• Day after Thanksgiving
• Christmas

Any additional holidays will be designated by the company at the start of each calendar year. If one of these holidays falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, the company will select either the following Monday or the preceding Friday as a substitute holiday.

All hourly GMS employees must complete 3 full months of employment before holiday time becomes effective.
Holiday Pay for Hourly Employees. All hourly employees are eligible for holiday pay. Holiday pay shall be at straight-time and a half (not to exceed 8 hours). Any hours worked beyond 8 hours shall be paid at straight-time.

Floating Holidays.

Martin Luther King Day, Presidents’ Day, Patriots’ Day, Veterans’ Day and the day after Thanksgiving are floating holidays. With approval floating holidays may only be taken on or after the actual holiday. You may only use one floating holiday per pay week. No carry over is allowed for floating holidays into the next calendar year. You will lose any unused floating holidays at the end of the calendar year.

Holiday Pay for Salaried Employees.

Salaried employees shall be scheduled off on the above holidays and receive 8 hours of pay. If a salaried employee must work on a holiday, he/she shall be paid their regular wage.

Earned Benefit Time

GMS recognizes the importance of time off from work to relax, spend time with family, and enjoy leisure activities. GMS provides paid earned benefit time (EBT) to full-time and part-time employees for this purpose and employees are encouraged to take vacation during the year. Additionally, EBT must be used for days off due to sickness or other personal time. Part-time employees who are regularly scheduled to work 20 to 34 hours per week will be eligible for paid EBT at half the accrual rate of full-time. Relief employees or any other category of employment are not eligible for EBT.
Full-time employees will accrue EBT according to the following schedule:

Service Period Monthly Vacation Accrual

  • First Calendar Year (0-12 months) 10 Hours
  • Calendar Years 2 – 3 (13-36 months) 12 Hours
  • Calendar Years 4 – 7 (37-84 months) 14 Hours
  • Calendar Years 8 – 10 (85-120 months) 17 Hours
  • Calendar Years 11 – 14 (121-168 months) 21 Hours
  • Calendar Years 15+ (169+ months) 23 Hours

Employees may not take paid EBT until they actually have earned or accrued the vacation time. New employees accrue paid EBT at the start of employment but may not take any vacation until they have completed at least 90 days of employment. After 3 complete months of employment, a full-time employee will have 30 hours of EBT available.

Generally, employees should submit time off requests to their supervisor for plans of 1 week or more at least 2 months in advance of the requested time off date. A vacation request that exceeds 2 weeks must be submitted 3 months in advance and approved by the employee’s supervisor and Department Director.

Employees will be permitted to carry-over up to 120 hours of accrued EBT to the following year, based on anniversary date.
Advancing or borrowing EBT will be at the discretion of the Executive Director.


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