It's January and the start of a new year! Here's a quick list of benefits that reset each calendar year.

1. Vacation time AD 10.8

You now have access to your yearly vacation allotment. Here's a table below for reference.

Number of Calendar Years of Employment

Length of Vacation Entitlement

Zero (0) to seven (7) years

Four (4) weeks (144 hours) per calendar year (prorated in the first year from date of employment to December 31)

In the eighth (8) through the fourteenth (14) years

Five (5) weeks (180 hours)

In the fifteenth (15) and succeeding years

One (1) additional day for each additional year of service to a maximum of six (6) additional days

For temporary members, the chart above applies to you if you receive vacation time. If you get time in lieu, you will not receive vacation time but 8% in lieu pay. Contact us if you need help with this.


professional development2. Reimbursement of Professional Development Expenses AD 10.11

As per the December 2021 arbitrated settlement, you should receive $1,100 professional development allowance for continuing employees and $550 for temporary employees with a contract that's a year or longer. If you're a continuing employee and your start date fell between January 1 and September 30, you're eligible for reimbursement on January 1 the following year. If your employment date fell between October 1 and December 31, you're not eligible for reimbursement for the new year immediately following but will be eligible on January 1 for the subsequent year.


Tuition Reimbursement3. Professional Development Programs AD 10.10

As a continuing employee, you're eligible for job-related courses approved by your supervisor up to a maximum of $1000 in any one calendar year. This annual reimbursement cannot be carried forward to future calendar years. The expenses covered by this fund may include tuition costs, examination fees, textbooks and required course material.


Group Benefits4. Group Benefits AD 10.07

Some group benefits will be reset for January 2022, and others will reset every two years (like eyeglasses). Login to your Pacific Blue Cross Caresnet to find which ones affect you.