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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS FOR 2014

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Full-time and part-time with benefits (working at least 1500 hours per year) employees of the City of Jefferson are eligible to receive the following summarized benefits.

HOLIDAYS (10): City employees observe the following holidays, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King's Birthday, Harry Truman's Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If a holiday falls on a Saturday, it will be observed on the proceeding Friday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday. A holiday is considered 8 hours for full-time employees not employed in the Police or Fire Departments and 4 hours for part-time with benefits employees. Fire and police personnel receive holiday pay (regardless of actually working that particular day) for authorized holidays and shall work on holidays if scheduled to do so.

VACATION AMOUNT: Full-time employees receive vacation leave credited per pay period as follows, 88 hours per year for years 1-5; an additional 8 hours per year up to 15 years; and an additional 8 hours after 25 years of service. Members of the fire service assigned to fire suppression duty accrue: 145.5 hours during first five years of service; with additional hours earned every five years up to 242.50 hours after 24 years of service. Part-time employees accrue vacation at half the above amount. New employees may use accrued vacation after they have completed six months of continuous employment.

SICK LEAVE: Accumulates at a rate of 10 hours per month with a maximum of 1392 hours. Part-time employees with benefits earn 5 hours per month. Members of fire service assigned to fire suppression earn 20 hours monthly with a maximum accumulation of 1872 hours. New employees may use sick leave as needed as it accrues.

SPECIAL LEAVE:
Court leave: Employees with benefits subpoenaed as a witness in a civil or criminal case or selected to serve on a jury are granted paid leave; however, all payments provided by a court for jury service must be turned over to the employee’s department director.
Military leave: 15 calendar days per year for reserve training.
Maternity leave: Maternity shall be treated as any other non-duty temporary disability covered under the rules pertaining to sick leave and family and medical leave.
Family and medical leave (FMLA): Employees who have worked at least 1,250 hours in the twelve months prior to a family or medical leave request shall be granted up to 12 weeks of leave.
Funeral leave: Employees are granted up to three consecutive days per funeral for death in immediate family member.
Education leave: Employees may be granted an absence from duty on a non-pay status when recommended by their department director and approved by the city administrator.
Special assignment leave: When recommended by a department director and approved by the city administrator.

LIFE INSURANCE: The City pays 100% of the cost of basic life insurance for the benefited employee in the amount of the employees annual salary rounded to the next higher $1000. Supplemental life insurance is available in $25,000 increments up to $400,000 at rates based on the employee’s age. Dependent coverage is offered in the following amounts: Spouse, up to age 70, $10,000; Children 6 months to 18 years (or 25 if a full-time student), $5,000. The employee pays $2.22 per month for dependent life coverage regardless of the number of dependents.

HEALTH INSURANCE: The City has United Healthcare as the health insurance provider. For benefited emplopyees, the monthly premiums are employee only, $445.54; employee+spouse, $692.54; employee+child(ren), $590.54; or family coverage, $788.54. The cafeteria plan pays the first $410.54 of the premium. Join our “Healthy Incentive” program (as of November of the previous year) and save an additional $35 or $50 per month depending on the number of covered adults.

DENTAL INSURANCE: Guardian Dental is the City's dental insurance provider. There is no cost for employee only coverage. For dependent coverage, the monthly premiums are spouse only, $33.28; child(ren), $36.90; or family coverage, $57.70.

VISION INSURANCE:  The City has Guardian’s Davis Plan as our vision insurance provider. The monthly premiums for benefited employees are employee only, $5.92; employee+spouse, $10.94; employee+child(ren), $13.68; or family coverage, $19.14.

ACCIDENT INSURANCE: Off-the-job accident insurance for benefited employees is through Guardian. The monthly permiiums are employee only, $15.78; employee+spouse, $20.66; employee+child(ren), $24.42; or family coverage, $29.30.

CRITICAL ILLNESS WITH CANCER INSURANCE: A $15,000 one-time, benefit is payable from Guardian if a benefited member is diagnosed with one of the following illnesses,  heart attack, stroke, major organ transplant, end stage renal failure, OR coronary artery bypass surgery (25%). Rates are dependent on age and tobacco user status.

CAFETERIA PLAN: For benefited employees, the city contributes $410.54 a month into a cafeteria plan. Employees may use the city's contribution to  pay for health insurance, or if health insurance is not elected, to pay for dependent dental, vision, accident insurance, unreimbursed medical/dental expenses, or dependent care expenses. If an employees cost are more than $410.54, the remainder is then deducted from the employee’s paycheck.

LONG-TERM DISABILITY: Full-time employees who have completed three months employment are automatically covered by the City's long term disability program. This benefit is at no cost to the employee. This benefit pays up to 60% of the employee’s normal salary when he/she has been unable to work due to a non-work related illness or injury for more than three months.

RETIREMENT: After six months of continuous employment, benefited employees who work 1500 hours or more per year are enrolled in the LAGERS (L-6) retirement program. A summary of this benefit is mailed to employees by LAGERS after their six months anniversary. The City pays the entire contribution to the retirement system. To visit the LAGERS website click here.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN: Full-time employees may elect to participate in a deferred compensation plan through either Nationwide Retirement Solutions or ICMA Retirement Corporation. The City does not participate monetarily in these plans.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP): Through Capital Region Medical Center, this program is designed to help employees and their immediate family members with personal problems including substance abuse, financial, marital, legal, and psychological difficulties. This program allows for six free confidential counseling appointments per calendar year. Employees may call Capital Regional EAP at 636-8255.

DIRECT PAYCHECK DEPOSIT: Upon completion of an authorization form, employees may have their paychecks directly deposited into a personal checking or savings account.

DISCOUNTED AUTO & HOME INSURANCE: City employees are eligible for special discounted group rates on auto and home insurance through Liberty Mutual. For more information, contact Jim Lehnhoff at 800-649-0238 ext. 55152 or visit their website at www.libertymutual.com/cityofjefferson.

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