10/21/16 Open Enrollment – October 24 through November 23
Open Enrollment is the only time during the year that employees can make changes to their health benefit elections without a qualifying event. During open enrollment you can change your medical plan or dental plan, add or remove dependents, or change your health benefits payroll deductions to pre- or post-tax. You can also decline benefits with proof of other employer group coverage. Forms must be submitted with original signatures to Kern County Human Resources - Health Benefits by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 with changes effective January 1, 2017.
   •  2017 Open Enrollment for Active Employees

   •  2017 Open Enrollment for Extra-help and Temporary Employees
12/23/15 Anthem Blue Cross Provider Search
To search as a member, log in using your Username and Password or enter KEK (the first three characters of your POS Plan member ID number) in the "Identification number or alpha prefix" input area and press "continue".
12/23/15 New Health Care ID cards effective January 1, 2016
Members should be receiving cards in the mail. Member identification numbers will be the same for existing members, but billing information and the pharmacy benefit have changed for 2016. Please make sure you present your new card for services on or after January 1, 2016 and let your provider know to update any information they have on file.
View Sample Kern Legacy ID Card   View Sample POS ID Card  (PDF)
2/13/2015 Anthem Data Breach
10/22/2014 2014 Employee Health Plan Survey Results  (PDF)
We received 1,014 responses to our recent employee satisfaction survey. Overall, most respondents were satisfied with their current plan. Compare your plan by viewing the results for the individual questions.

Kern County Policy/Procedures Manual

The Policy/Procedures Manual contains official policies and procedures adopted by the Kern County Board of Supervisors for the conduct of County operations and personnel.

Civil Service Rules  (PDF)

County employment is governed by the Civil Service Commission, which is a nonpartisan public commission providing policy direction and oversight of the system of selecting and promoting civil service employees. The commission carries out its powers and duties within the guidelines of adopted rules.

Title 3 of Kern County Ordinance Codes

Kern County Ordinances are laws adopted by the people of Kern County and by the Board of Supervisors. Title 3 contains laws governing the hiring, promotion, discipline, and termination of County employees as well as County employee compensation.

Equal Employment Opportunity Plan  (PDF)

The County of Kern's formalized plan of policies and procedures to ensure equal employment opportunity to all persons and to eliminate discrimination from County employment practices was initially adopted by the Board of Supervisors in 1973 and was amended in 1985 and in 2001.

Employee Handbook   (PDF)

The employee handbook contains information about Kern County policies and procedures related to personnel. The employee handbook is used to bring together employment and job-related information which employees need to know, such as working arrangements, benefits, and leave provisions.

Health Benefits' HealthBeat  (PDF) uploaded 8/1/2012

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