On February 10, all employees of the Unified Personnel System, except temporary employees, who were employed continuously between October 2, 2022 and January 28, 2023, received a $600 retention supplement payment (before taxes). Payment was made in a separate payroll run in the amount of $422.10 due to supplemental wage tax withholding. If working less than 40 hours, the amount is prorated. The payment type (direct deposit or check) varies by Appointing Authority.
On August 11, a second supplement of $600 ($422.10 after taxes) will be paid for permanent employees who are employed continuously between January 29 and July 29, 2023. Please check with your Appointing Authority on the payment type (direct deposit or check).
All employees of the Unified Personnel System, except temporary employees, who are employed continuously for the entire duration of each specified evaluation period are eligible to receive a $600 retention supplement payment for each of the two retention evaluation periods to reward their contributions and commitment to serving the County’s citizens.
Retention Evaluation Periods
|Evaluation Period||Date Range||Payment Date|
|Supplement 1 ($600)||October 2, 2022 to January 28, 2023||February 10, 2023|
|Supplement 2 ($600)||January 29, 2023 to July 29, 2023||August 11, 2023|
Who is eligible?
In order to be awarded a retention supplement, the employee must be employed continuously during all pay periods in the evaluation periods listed above
How much are the retention supplements?
The payments will be $600 for each evaluation period for employees generally scheduled for a 40-hour work week. For employees generally scheduled for less than 40 hours, the payment will be prorated (see the Retention Supplement Amounts table below). No additional amount will be paid to those employees whose generally scheduled work week is in excess of 40 hours.
How will the payments be processed?
Payments will be paid on a designated pay date after the close of each evaluation period listed above.
If my hire date is October 10, 2022, would I be eligible for the first $600 supplement?
No. You must be continuously employed during the evaluation period of October 2, 2022 – January 28, 2023. However, you will be eligible for the second supplement if you remain continuously employed through July 29, 2023.
If I leave the County on June 30, 2023, would I be eligible for the second $600 supplement?
No. You must be continuously employed during the evaluation period of January 29 – July 29, 2023.
Is the retention supplement taxable?
Yes. The retention supplement payments are considered wages for income tax reporting purposes.
Does tenure with the County affect the eligibility or amount of the retention supplement?
No. All employees who are continuously employed during the evaluation period receive the supplement. Only those working less than 40 hours per week on a regular basis will get a reduced amount (see the table below).
If my regularly scheduled hours are 32 hours per week but I sometimes work more or less, what amount do I receive?
Proration of the amount is based on your regularly scheduled weekly hours, not recent or average work hours. See the table below. For example, a person who regularly works 32 hours (or 80 percent of a 40-hour week) will receive 80 percent of $600 which amounts to $480.
Retention Supplement Amounts
|Regularly Scheduled Weekly Hours||Retention Supplement Amount||Proration Calculation Factor|
If I am on annual leave, Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or Workers’ Compensation at any time during the evaluation period, am I still eligible for the retention supplement?
Yes. While on annual leave, FMLA and leave due to Workers’ Compensation, employees remain continuously employed.
What if I have questions?
Please contact Human Resources at (727) 464-3367, option 2 or email AskHR@pinellas.gov.