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There is no mandatory retirement age for state employees. Membership in the Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS) is mandatory for most state employees and begins on the first day of employment. Mandatory contributions to PERS are tax deferred and may not be refunded for any reason before termination of covered employment. PERS provides retirement, disability and death benefits to more than 27,000 state, school district and local government employees. In addition to PERS, the public employees' retirement division also administers the Game Wardens' retirement system, which covers probation and parole officers, and correctional officers.
Learn more at Montana Public Employee Retirement Administration Web Site
State employees earn sick leave credit from their first day of employment, but must be employed for 90 days before they are eligible to use sick leave credit. Full-time employees earn one day of sick leave credit a month; benefits for part-time employees are prorated. Sick leave can be used for personal illness, injury or medical disability; maternity- related disability or immediately following your child's birth or adoption; medical, dental or eye examinations or treatment; care of or attendance to an immediate family member for any of these reasons, or to other relatives at the agency's discretion; and death and funeral attendance of immediate family members and others at the agency’s discretion.
Vacation and Holiday Leave
State employees earn annual vacation leave credits from their first day of employment, but must be employed for six calendar months before vacation time can be used. Full-time employees earn credits at a yearly rate calculated according to the following schedule, which applies to the total number of years they have been a state or local government employee in Montana, whether or not that employment was interrupted. Leave credit for employees whose employment status is something other than full-time are calculated on a prorated basis. Under certain conditions, military service time may count toward the rate earned.
Rate Earned Schedule
|Years of Employment
||Leave Days Credit Per Year
|1 day through 10 years
|10 years through 15 years
|15 years through 20 years
|20 years or more