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HR FAQs
How Do I Utilize the Employee Assistance Program for Free Counseling Services?
(The EAP is a benefit the City offers where employees can receive six free visits per year with participating providers.) The contracted EAP provider is Flagstaff Child and Family Counseling. Brochures are on top of the roundabout, and you are on your own to set up the appointment with the practitioner of your choice. You should mention that this will be part of the City’s program, so the office can bill us correctly. Family counseling is included as part of the program, as long as the employee is in attendance. There are no forms to fill out for HR.

How Do I Change / Cancel my 457 Plan (AKA Deferred Comp, ING, or ICMA-RC) Contributions?
You will need to stop by HR and complete a Payroll Deduction Form; you only need to complete sections where you are making changes (i.e. the ING or the ICMA section.) Don’t forget to put an effective date and your name at the top, and sign and date the back. It will then be turned in to HR.

I Have a Health Savings Account. Can I Change My Contributions?
You can change health savings account contributions (as long as it is a HSA (through HealthEquity) and not a FSA (through ASI). HSAs are associated with the high-deductible health plan; if you are not sure, chances are you have a FSA.) You will need to complete a Payroll Deduction Form, and you only need to complete the top, the HSA section, and the signature and date on the back. Effective date can be whenever you want it to be, from today forward.

I have a Flexible Spending Account. Can I Change My Contributions?
Flexible Spending Account contributions can only be changed during open enrollment, for the following plan year. Because the funds are fronted to you at the beginning of the plan year, they cannot be changed mid-year. Open enrollment is held at the end of May, with an effective date of July 1.

I Have Submitted My Notice of Resignation. Can I Still Take Time Off?
Once you have submitted your resignation, you can take vacation time, comp time, and your floating holiday. You may not take your personal day, and sick leave can be used only with a doctor’s certification.

The following information is outlined in the employee handbook: “Employees who resign must physically work their last day on the job and may not use any type of leave (sick, vacation, compensatory time) [for that last day]. If an employee is ill within the last two weeks of employment, he/she must provide a doctor’s certification in order to use sick leave.” (P. 29) “Employees will not be allowed to take personal leave after submitting a notice of resignation.” (P. 44)

On My Last Paycheck, Will I Be Paid for Accrued Sick Leave, Vacation Time, etc.?

All vacation and comp time is paid out, but unless you meet the criteria below (as outlined in the employee handbook), sick leave is not paid out.

“Employees leaving the service shall be paid for unused sick leave at the rate of one (1) day’s pay for each two (2) days of unused sick leave under the following conditions:
  • Employees retiring from City employment and receiving retirement benefits from Public Safety Retirement System or the Arizona State Retirement System; or
  • Employees terminating City employment with a minimum of twenty (20) years’ service.”

I Am Looking at Retiring Soon. What Do I Need to Do?
You will need to turn in a letter of resignation at least two weeks prior to your projected retirement date. Once that is done, you are encouraged to set up an exit interview with the HR Generalist. The exit interview will include going over benefits information with the Benefits Specialist.

I Would Like to Utilize a Temp Agency to Hire a Temporary Employee. Do I Need to go Through HR?

The City of Flagstaff currently has an RFP with Performance Staffing and Allied Staffing. If you are looking to hire through a temp agency, please contact the HR Recruiter at (928) 779-7698, ext. 7256.

Can I Get a Copy of Something in My 201 File?
Absolutely! We will just need to see a photo ID, a driver’s license or City ID card will work – any photo ID. Once we have seen a photo ID, you can look through your file, take copies of anything in there, or request that we add something (e.g. a certificate.) You may not remove anything from or leave Human Resources with your file.

How Do I Get a Copy of My Check Stub?
You can view your paycheck history by going online to the Employee Self-Service (ESS) website. You can access the ESS website from the CityNET. If you do not know your Employee ID number and your PIN, you will need to contact Payroll at ext. 2210 or 2211.

Can I Carry Over Excess Vacation Time if I Am Over the Maximum?
Employees may not carry over more hours than can be earned in 18 months of continuous service. Earned vacation hours in excess of the maximum must be used no later than June 30 of each fiscal year. All hours over the maximum allowed and not used by June 30 of the current fiscal year shall be forfeited.

However, in the event of extenuating or unforeseen circumstances, an employee may exceed his or her vacation maximum past June 30 by submitting a written request to the Department Head through the immediate supervisor. The Department Head, in conjunction with the Human Resources Director, will make a determination and notify the employee of the decision. Employees may not be allowed this option for two consecutive years.

Can I Accrue Over 40 Hours of Compensation Time?
Employees are allowed to accrue in excess of 40 hours, except for commissioned fire personnel, who shall be allowed to accrue 56 hours. These maximums may be exceeded only upon the express written authorization of the City Manager after a written request of the employee's Department Head, but in no event shall authorization be given to accrue compensatory time in excess of 180 hours. Hours of compensatory time in excess of the above maximums must be used prior to June 30 next succeeding the date on which such authorized excess compensatory time is earned. Such excess compensatory time not used prior to the June 30 date shall not be carried over to subsequent periods.

To request to accrue excess compensatory time, please complete this form.