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Legal Holidays
NSA observes 10 federal holidays. New or additional federal holidays can only be established by federal statute or by Executive Order of the President of the United States.

Annual Leave
Annual Leave is an authorized absence with pay from a regularly scheduled workday. Annual Leave may be used for vacations, personal, or emergency purposes. For full-time employees, Annual Leave is accrued at the following rates:

Years of service      Hours per pay period      Days per year     
Less than 3 4 13
3 to 14 6 20
15 or more 8 26

Part-time employees also earn Annual Leave. The leave accrual is pro-rated based on the number of base pay hours the employee works during the standard 80-hour pay period.

In most cases, up to 30 days (240 hours) of Annual Leave may be accrued and carried over to the next year.

Sick Leave
Full-time employees accrue four hours of Sick Leave each pay period, regardless of length of service. Part-time employees accrue one hour of Sick Leave for each 20 hours worked, regardless of length of service. There is no limit on the amount of Sick Leave that may be accrued. Sick Leave can be used for the following reasons:

  • Personal illness
  • Medical, optical, and dental appointments
  • Care of a family member who is ill or for his/her doctor's appointments
  • Bereavement purposes
  • Adoption of a child

Maternity Leave
There is no separate Maternity Leave. Sick Leave, in combination with Annual Leave and Leave Without Pay under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), may be used to cover the period of physical incapacitation, recuperation, and adjustment connected with a pregnancy.

Court Leave
Court Leave is an authorized absence to employees called by a federal, state or municipal court as a juror or as a witness in a case where a government entity is a party. Personal Leave will not be charged and there will be no loss of pay in such a circumstance. The employee must present the summons or subpoena before the leave is granted and a certificate of attendance afterward.

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) allows eligible employees to take up to 12 administrative workweeks of Leave Without Pay (LWOP) during any 12-month period. FMLA leave may be charged only on days that are scheduled workdays.

FMLA may be used for the following reasons:

  • Birth of a child and care of newborn (within one year after birth)
  • A child is placed with the employee for adoption or foster care (within one year after placement)
  • Care for a spouse, son, daughter, or parent with a serious health condition
  • Serious health condition of an employee that makes the employee unable to perform assigned duties
Temporary Medical Leave Assistance Program
A comprehensive program designed to provide employees with paid Annual Leave when employee absence is due to a personal or family medical emergency or condition, and the absence causes financial hardship due to the unavailability of paid leave. There are two separate programs operating independently; they are:

  • The Leave Bank Program

Leave Bank open season is normally held during the month of November each year for new enrollments. Bank membership requires an annual enrollment fee of four, six, or eight hours of leave (determined by years of service), which is automatically deducted during the first full pay period of every new leave year. New employees have up to 60 days from date of employment to apply.

  • The Leave Transfer Program

The Leave Transfer Program is for Agency employees who are not members of the Leave Bank and are in need of leave assistance due to a personal or family medical emergency or condition, or for members who have already exhausted their Leave Bank hours and are still in need of leave. The Leave Transfer Program is based solely on donations and the hours are not guaranteed.

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Reviewed: Jan 15, 2009