The Human Resources Department administers the City's Health and Welfare benefits plans for all active employees, retirees and their dependents. The Human Resources Department serves as a liaison between members and the various carriers who are under contract to provide benefits to the City.
The City offers one health plan with Cigna, the Open Access Plus plan. Coverage begins the 1st of the month following hire date. Subsequent benefit changes must occur on the first day of a month (excepting births and deaths). Cigna provides a website where employees can access a benefit summary, explanation of benefits, print a temporary card and various other information relative to covered individuals on the City's health plan. The site also contains wellness information and other helpful information for maintaining a healthy life style. Please visit Cigna's site at www.cigna.com for detailed information.
Dependents are eligible for coverage under the plan for the following monthly premiums:
Medical Bi-Weekly Premiums: (City Pays $550.00 per pay period, per employee)
|Current Employees||With Wellness Screening||Without Wellness Screening|
|Employee + Spouse||$325.00||$337.80|
|Employee + Child(ren)||$140.00||$152.80|
|Employee + Family||$405.00||$417.80|
City employees currently receive two times their annual salary (does not include overtime earnings), up to a maximum of $300,000, in life insurance provided through the City by Standard Insurance Company. In addition, employees are eligible for a death benefit through the North Carolina Local Government Employees' Retirement System in the amount of one times the annual salary but no less than $25,000 and no more than $50,000.
North Carolina Local Government Employees' Retirement System (LGERS)
Benefit eligible employees are members of the LGERS and must contribute six percent of their salary (pre-tax) to this program. An equivalent share is contributed by the City. If an employee leaves employment prior to vesting in the system (five years), the employee may request a refund of contributions through the LGERS. Coverage in the retirement system begins immediately upon employment and employee will vest in benefits upon the completion of five years of service. Retirement credit also transfers to other LGERS covered employers. LGERS provides an excellent web site to assist employees in reviewing their retirement information and planning for retirement. You may access this site now by clicking the link to set up your user account.
Eligible employees may join the North Carolina Supplemental Retirement Income Plan, commonly referred to as the NC 401(k) Plan. The plan allows employees to save part of their income toward retirement through a pre-tax contribution. The Plan is offered along with other deferred compensation options on a voluntary basis. The City offers a one half percent match for each percent the employee contributes to the 401K plan, up to a maximum two and one half percent match by the City. So if you, the employee contributes five percent to your 401 K, the City will add an additional two and one half percent. For additional information, contact the plan administrator at 1-866-NC401K1, or visit the North Carolina Total Retirement Plans website.
Employees are required to participate in the Social Security system (FICA) with the City sharing equally in the cost of the program. Coverage begins immediately upon employment. Currently, the employee and the City contribute equal shares in the amount of 6.2 percent of OASDI benefits and 1.45 percent for medicare benefits.
Benefit eligible employees earn vacation leave based on length of service. The amount earned starts at twelve days per year and increases with service time up to a maximum of twenty days per year. As of the payroll each year with first day of the new year within, employees can carry forward a maximum balance of time based on length of service. Hours above the balance at this pay period will convert to sick leave. Earnings start during the first full month of employment but leave is not available for use until an employee completes six months of employment. Half the full time amount is earned by part time employees.
The City provides benefit eligible employees twelve days of sick leave each year and there is no maximum amount that can be accumulated. As a result, retention of sick leave is an excellent insurance program against short-term or long-term illnesses and should not be abused. Unused sick leave balances may be used to supplement years of service upon retirement thereby increasing retirement benefits. An employee must be employed by the fifteenth of a month to earn benefits for that month but leave is not available for use until an employee completes six months of employment. Half the full time amount is earned by part time employees. Newly hired employees may transfer a limited amount of their existing sick leave balance to the City if they are coming from another North Carolina governmental entity.
The City observes eleven paid holidays per year. Coverage begins immediately upon employment. The employee must work or be on approved paid leave, the day before and the day after a holiday to receive pay for the holiday. The eleven (11) paid holidays observed are:
City offices and departments shall remain open for the full scheduled working day unless authorization for early closing or other deviation is received from the City Manager's office. All departments and offices will be given as much notice as possible of any authorized early closings. Employees who leave work before an official early closing time, as well as employees who report for work late or do not report for work at all, will be required to use earned vacation leave, compensatory leave or leave without pay for the days or hours taken.