SWG employees receive outstanding benefits that offer a better quality of life, both on the job and off.

Paid Time Off

Life is too short to spend it all at work. We help you make the most of it by providing you with generous leave programs.

Annual leave is an authorized absence with pay from a regularly scheduled workday. Annual leave may be used for vacations, personal, or emergency purposes. For full-time employees, annual leave is accrued at the following rates:

Less than 3 years: 4 hours per pay period (13 days per year)

3-14 years: 6 hours per pay period (20 days per year)

15 years or more: 8 hours per pay period (26 days per year)

Part-time employees also earn annual leave. The leave accrual is pro-rated based on the number of base pay hours the employee works during the standard 80-hour pay period.

In most cases, up to 30 days (240 hours) of annual leave may be accrued and carried over to the next year.

Full-time employees accrue four hours of sick leave each pay period, regardless of length of service. Part-time employees accrue one hour of sick leave for each 20 hours worked, regardless of length of service. There is no limit on the amount of sick leave that may be accrued. Sick leave can be used for the following reasons:

  • Personal illness
  • Medical, optical and dental appointments
  • Care of a family member who is ill or for his/her doctor’s appointments
  • Bereavement purposes
  • Adoption of a child

Court leave is an authorized absence for employees called by a federal, state or municipal court as a juror or as a witness in a case where a government entity is a party. Personal leave will not be charged, and there will be no loss of pay in such a circumstance. The employee must present the summons or subpoena before the leave is granted and a certificate of attendance afterward.

There is no separate maternity leave. Sick leave, in combination with annual leave and leave without pay under the Family Medical Leave (FML), may be used to cover the period of physical incapacitation, recuperation and adjustment connected with a pregnancy.

A comprehensive program designed to provide employees with paid annual leave when employee absence is due to a personal or family medical emergency or condition, and the absence causes financial hardship due to the unavailability of paid leave. There are two programs that operate independently:


  • The Leave Bank Program – Leave Bank open season is normally held during the month of November each year for new enrollments. Bank membership requires an annual enrollment fee of four, six, or eight hours of leave (determined by years of service), which is automatically deducted during the first full pay period of every new leave year. New employees have up to 60 days from date of employment to apply.
  • The Leave Transfer Program – This program is for agency employees who are not members of the leave bank and are in need of leave assistance due to a personal or family medical emergency or condition, or for members who have already exhausted their leave bank hours and are still in need of leave. The Leave Transfer Program is based solely on donations, and the hours are not guaranteed.

Work/Life Balance

SWG offers an array of award-winning programs and services that help you strike the perfect balance between work time and personal time

A flexible work schedule is offered to SWG employees as an alternative to the traditional 9 to 5 workday. It allows you to vary your arrival and/or departure time to fit with your busy life outside of work.
Telework enhances operational efficiency, promotes program goals, enriches the quality of work and life, and provides for a better balance of work and personal responsibilities. NSA offers opportunities to telework on a short-term, long-term or ad hoc basis contingent with supervisory approval.
A Work/Life hotline has been established to provide employees and their families with needed information and resources.