Monday, February 17, 2020
Employee Benefits and Costs
Employee Assistance Program
Employee Award Programs
Retirement Planning Resources
A summary of the mandatory benefit programs for many represented
employees and their related costs is noted below.
In general, most employees are required to enroll in County health benefits unless they have other group
health insurance and sign a declination form certifying that other coverage. All employees who enroll in
health benefits must enroll in all three components (medical, dental and vision). The cost of health coverage
depends on plan chosen and number of dependents.
Plan Benefits Comparison Charts
Most employees will pay an employee contribution to retirement which does not change based on years of service.
For those employees who are not currently paying 100% of their retirement costs, you can calculate what the cost will be each year by following these instructions (PDF)
Retiree Health Premium Supplement Program
This program was designed to help pay for health benefits upon retirement. In general, represented employees
are required to contribute unless they will never receive benefit from the program because they will not meet
the years of service/age criteria (i.e., employees who are age 45 or older when hired do not participate).
Beginning July 1st, 2012, the contribution to this program is 1.78% of base wages.
Union Dues/Representation Fee
Most new employees represented by one of the recognized bargaining units shall either (1) become a member of
the Union or (2) pay to the Union a representation fee.
Contact your Union for additional information.
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