City of Dallas Approved Employee Leaves

The City of Dallas offers many different types of leaves to support it's employees' total wellbeing, such as leaves in reponse to new life events, emergencies, and personal health.

Read below to learn more about the various approved leaves.

Attendance Incentive Leave (AIL)

Attendance Incentive Leave (AIL) rewards attendance by granting additional leave hours for employees with no sick leave, FMLA leave, military leave, Paid Parental Leave, unpaid suspension, unapproved leave without pay, or approved leave without pay.

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Compassionate Leave

Compassionate Leave is a new leave intended for employees with a serious medical condition or injury that prevents the employee from performing any type of work and:

  • Is not expected to be able to return to work
  • Have exhausted all accrued leave balances
  • May be eligible for Long-Term Disability benefits
  • Completed a minimum of one year of City employment
  • Have accumulated a minimum of 40 hours of sick leave

The maximum amount of Compassionate Leave is 348 hours for a sworn employee in the emergency response bureau of the fire department and 232 hours for any other City of Dallas employee.

An employee may only be awarded Compassionate Leave once and their request for Compassionate Leave must be approved by the employee's Department Director and the Director of Human Resources.

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Compassionate Leave FAQs

What medical conditions or injuries qualify me for Compassionate Leave?

A serious medical condition or injury that prevents the employee from performing any type of work and from which the employee is not expected to be able to return to work.

Is Compassionate Leave available for full and part-time employees?

If you are eligible for City of Dallas Benefits, you may be eligible for Compassionate Leave.

How do I apply for Compassionate Leave?

Contact your department’s Human Resources Partner for assistance in applying for Compassionate Leave.

How often can I receive Compassionate Leave?

An employee can only be awarded Compassionate Leave once.

Military Leave for Emergency Declaration

A new type of military leave for an emergency declaration by the governor has been added as a new type of military leave available to City of Dallas employees. Seven days of leave for this type of deployment is available.

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Military Leave for Emergency Declaration FAQs

Are these 7 days of leave added to my usual 15 days of military leave?

No, the 7 days of leave are separate and available for those called to action due to an emergency declaration.

Do I have to use my usual 15 days of military leave before I can use the 7 additional days?

No, if you are called to action due to an emergency declaration, you will have a separate leave balance of 7 days independent of your usual 15 days of leave.

Paid Parental Leave

We are proud to announce an exciting new benefit in conjunction with Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) leave for City of Dallas employees expecting a newborn, newly adopted, or newly placed child — Paid Parental Leave.

On or after October 1, 2021, full or part-time City of Dallas employees who have given birth, need to care for, adopted, or received placement of a child age twelve or younger may be eligible to receive up to six weeks paid leave to help support the new addition to their family.

Paid Parental Leave runs concurrently with FMLA leave. City of Dallas employees must be eligible for FMLA leave before they can be approved for Paid Parental Leave.

Click here to download the Paid Parental Leave Request Form.

Click here to read the frequently asked questions or if you have additional questions.

Mental Health Leave

The City of Dallas is honored to offer a new leave for employees who are benefits eligible and accrue leave time.

Mental Health Leave provides up to 40 hours of leave for most employees and 60 hours of leave for employees of Dallas Police Department (DPD) and the Emergency Response Bureau of Dallas Fire Rescue (DFR) who experience a traumatic event while at work and the need for leave is verified by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist.

The City of Dallas will keep requests for Mental Health Leave and any medical information related to Mental Health Leave confidential to the extent allowed by law. The City of Dallas will also not reduce other paid balances for Mental Health Leave taken.

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Mental Health Leave FAQs

Who validates the need for leave due to a traumatic event that makes me eligible for Mental Health Leave?

The need for leave must be validated by a psychiatrist or psychologist. The leave approval process for Mental Health Leave follows the same process for your department's work group.

What is considered a traumatic event while at work?

An experience is considered a traumatic event by the City of Dallas if it involves one or more of the following experiences during an employees scope of employment outside of their routine work environment:

  • An actual or threatened death
  • Serious injury
  • Physical abuse, either of one's self or of another

The experience must also cause the employee to experience unusually strong emotional reactions or feelings with the potential to cause lasting adverse effects on their functioning and mental, physical, social, or emotional well-being.

A traumatic event does not include routine work-related events or incidents, personality conflicts, or disagreements between or among supervisors or co-workers.

Do the 40 or 60 hours of paid leave for Mental Health Leave need to be taken at one time?

No. The leave can be taken in smaller increments for a total of five days of the amount awarded within a 12-month period.

Does the Mental Health Leave expire?

Yes. The leave expires after 12 months. The City encourages all staff who qualify for Mental Health Leave to take the leave within 12 months of being awarded.

How many times can I receive Mental Health Leave?

You are eligible to receive Mental Health Leave one time in a 12-month rolling period. 

What if I experience a traumatic event at work and cannot get an appointment with a psychologist or psychiatrist?

With approval of your department's leadership, you can take your own leave time. You can then apply for Mental Health Leave and, if approved, the leave can be corrected retroactively.

The City encourages employees to seek the services of a psychiatrist or psychologist as soon after the traumatic event as possible to support the mental health of the employee.

Who can take Mental Health Leave?

All City of Dallas employees are eligible to request Mental Health Leave if they meet all of the below criteria:

  • Are benefits eligible
  • Accrue leave time
  • Experience a traumatic event while at work and the need for leave is verified by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist

Quarantine Leave (Q-Leave) — Civilian and Uniform

As of November 2, 2021, COVID-19 and COVID-21 Leaves were replaced by Quarantine Leave Uniform (Q-Leave Uniform) and Quarantine Leave Civilian (Q-Leave Civilian), respectively.

Q-Leave Uniform

Sworn members of the City of Dallas Fire or Police Department, emergency medical technicians, or detention officers who are ordered to quarantine by the employee's supervisor or the City's health authority due to a possible or known exposure to a communicable disease while on duty are eligible for Q-Leave Uniform.

Q-Leave Uniform allows these employees the opportunity to receive paid quarantine leave for the duration of the ordered quarantine or isolation. The City will not reduce an eligible employee's paid leave balance in connection with paid quarantine leave taken.

Q-Leave Civilian

Civilian City employees who present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 via Apricity@Work™ will be eligible for up to 80 hours of Q-Leave Civilian. Q-Leave cannot be granted for those who fail to provide proof of full vaccination via Apricity@Work™.

Employees with medical or religious objections to the COVID-19 vaccine may contact or to request an accommodation.

Click here to read the frequently asked questions or contact or if you have further questions.