Final Supplement #3: February 2024
Permanent employees who are employed continuously between July 29, 2023 and January 27, 2024 are eligible for a $600 (before taxes) retention supplement payout in February 2024. This will be the final retention supplement to be issued to employees.
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 (before taxes) retention supplement payment for each of the 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 4, 2023|
|Final Supplement #3 ($600)||July 29, 2023 to January 27, 2024||February 2024|
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 are $600 before taxes for each evaluation period for employees generally scheduled for a 40-hour work week. Net pay will vary by employee based on current selected benefits and tax deductions. The supplemental payout will be clearly designated and noted on the paystub.
For employees generally scheduled for less than 40 hours, the payment will be prorated (see Retention Supplement Amounts below). No additional amount will be paid to those employees whose generally scheduled work week is in excess of 40 hours.
Is the retention supplement taxable?
Yes. Retention supplement #2 and #3 are taxed the same as your regular paycheck. All current benefits, deductions, tax selections, and direct deposits apply.
When was supplement #1 issued?
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 before taxes ($422.11 after taxes) retention supplement payment.
When was supplement #2 issued?
For your convenience and based on employees’ feedback, retention supplement #2 was included in your August 4 paycheck. The retention payment was taxed at your regular biweekly withholding tax rate. As such, some employees saw positive fluctuations from the first payout of $422.11.
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% of a 40-hour week) will receive 80% of $600 which amounts to $480 (before taxes).
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.