All full-time regular employees are eligible for Paid Medical Leave (PML) upon hire. The wage continuation benefit for qualified reasons under this program are determined by the City’s contracted third party administrator (TPA). For eligibility, employees are required to satisfy a 14-day elimination period. PML benefit pays 75% of an employee’s bi-weekly earnings for a maximum payment period of up to 24 weeks. Employees may elect to supplement this benefit in order to receive full pay by using 25% of their Paid Sick Time (PST) and/or Paid Time Off (PTO) by notifying the TPA during the review process or supplement using Compensatory Time (Comp Time) by notifying Human Resources/Payroll directly.
Employees will continue to accrue PTO hours while on PML. Wages received while on PML will be considered pensionable by the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS). Due to ASRS changes, PML payments are not considered pensionable by ASRS for employees hired after January 1, 2020. If PML is supplemented, supplemental payments are considered pensionable. Contact Human Resources for pension benefit implications concerning PML.