Employee Benefits

Mecklenburg County offers a competitive benefits package to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. From healthcare to paid holidays and vacation, our aim is to help employees enjoy healthy lifestyles, while maintaining a good work-life balance.

The descriptions in this packet are only brief summaries of general information. Contact the Human Resources Department for more details.

View and Download the Mecklenburg County Employee Benefits Guide

Pay Dates

County employees must have their pay directly deposited to their bank accounts. Once a direct deposit has been established, it will take one pay period for the automatic deposit to become activated.

  • Please know your first pay check will be a regular check and will be mailed to your address on file. (approximately 2 1/2 weeks after your start date)

  • Subsequent paychecks will be deposited into your account every other Friday thereafter.

Benefits Brochure and Documents

Benefit Start Dates

2024 Start Dates for Employee Benefits and Healthcare Plans
Orientation DateBenefits Start DateHSA Start Date


County Holidays

2023 Holiday Schedule
HolidayDay of the WeekDate
New Year's DayMondayJan. 1, 2024
Martin Luther King Jr. DayMondayJan. 15, 2024
Good FridayFridayMarch 29, 2024
Memorial DayMondayMay 27, 2024
JuneteenthWednesdayJune 19, 2024
Independence DayThursdayJuly 4, 2024
Labor DayMondaySept. 2, 2024
Veterans DayMondayNov. 11, 2024
ThanksgivingThursday and FridayNov. 28 and 29, 2024
ChristmasTuesday, Wednesday and ThursdayDec. 24, 25 and 26, 2024

Sick and Vacation Accrual / Sick Leave Policy

Vacation accrues from the first day of service and is authorized for use by all regular employees from the first day of employment.  Temporary employees are not eligible for vacation benefits.  Maximum accrual of benefits is based on the employee's normal schedule.

Regular employees accrue vacation on a bi-weekly basis determined by the length of service (aggregate date in the retirement system or qualifying County service date).  The accrual rate is as follows:

Vacation Time Accrual Rate
Length of ServiceDays per YearHours Earned Per Regularly Scheduled Hours Worked
Under 2 years14.053850
2 - 4 years16.061540
5 - 9 years19.073080
10 - 14 years24.092310
15 - 19 years27.103850
20+ years31.119240


Vacation leave accrued in excess of 30 days or 240 hours during a calendar year will be converted to sick leave at the end of each calendar year.

Employees who leave the County employment will be paid for accrued vacation time up to a maximum of 240 hours.  Any exceptions to the policy must be approved in advance by the Board of County Commissioners.

Four hours of vacation leave shall be awarded to the accumulated benefit of the regular full-time employee who does not use sick leave and/or LWOP for a period of seven consecutive pay periods.  A regular part-time employee will receive the corresponding percentage of vacation leave.

Sick Leave

Sick leave with pay is designed to provide regular full-time and part-time employees with some measure of relief from the financial burdens caused by loss of earnings during periods of personal illness.  Sick leave is not intended to provide time off for recreation, personal reasons, or to extend vacations. Temporary employees are not eligible for sick leave benefits.

The following policies govern sick leave:

  1.  Regular full-time and part-time employees accrue sick leave bi-weekly at a rate of .04615 hours per each regularly scheduled hour worked.  For a regular 40 hour per work week schedule, this equals 96 hours per year.  There is no maximum accrual limit.

  2. Individuals employed by the County from another government jurisdiction who have creditable service in the NCLGERS are eligible to have up to 96 hours of earned unused sick leave transferred to the County.

  3. Sick leave may be used for the illness of the employee or the employee's immediate family from the first day of employment.

  4. When an employee separates from the County, the employee will be paid for 25% of all remaining accrued sick leave.  If the employee is leaving employment due to a medical disability and the employee's physician has stated in writing that the employee will be incapacitated for a period of time that will exceed the number of accrued sick days, the employee may be paid for 100% of the accrued sick leave.  Any exceptions to the policy must be approved in advance by the Board of County Commissioners.

Ongoing Dependent Verification

Mecklenburg County, in partnership with Alight, conducts an on-going dependent verification process.