The City strives to provide the best, most equitable, and cost-effective benefits for employees in recognition of the influence employment benefits have on the economic and personal welfare of our employees.
Paid in various benefit forms on your behalf, the total cost to provide the benefits program described in the Employee Handbook and other documents is a significant supplement to your pay and should be viewed as additional compensation.
The City currently provides health, dental, and vision insurance coverage for all regular employees and their dependents if they are otherwise eligible to participate in the plan. You will be provided with information about the plan at the time you become eligible to participate in the plan. You are asked to review the summary plan description for answers to questions regarding coverage, eligibility, and cost.
The City currently provides group life insurance coverage for regular full-time employees. Employees will be provided with information about eligibility in the plan at the time of hire. The organization pays for the full premium. The standard coverage equals one times the employee's annual base pay rounded to the next $1,000 with a $10,000 minimum and a $75,000 maximum. Employees may elect additional coverage at their own expense.
Long Term Disability
The City provides a Group Long-term Disability plan. The plan provides compensation to employees who are unable to work due to an accident or illness lasting 90 days or more. Employees will be provided with information about the plan at the time of hire. The City currently pays for the full premium.
Section 125 Plans
The City provides Section 125 plans, including the Premium Only, Healthcare Flexible Spending Account, and Dependent Care Assistance plans as authorized by IRS code. These plans allow employees to have group medical or dental costs deducted from their paychecks on a pre-tax basis.
Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association (VEBA)
Regular employees who elect a health insurance plan with a minimum deductible of $500 per person will receive monthly contributions of 1% of the employee's base salary to a medical savings account Voluntary Employees' Beneficiary Association (VEBA) plan, under Section 501 (c) (9) of the Internal Revenue Code. This benefit is designed to help you plan for retirement medical costs.
After six months of full-time employment, regular full-time employees will be enrolled in the City's retirement plan for which they are eligible. The City pays the employee's portion of the contribution at a rate established by annual salary. Contributions to the retirement plan must meet actuarial requirements. Employees who terminate prior to being eligible for vesting rights must withdraw their contributions to the plan.
All regular full-time and part-time employees are eligible for vacation. The purpose of vacation and personal time is to allow employees to enjoy periods of time away from work and have time available for personal use. Vacation time is intended to provide time away from work for rest and recreation. Vacation time will be paid out at separation in accordance with applicable laws.
All regular full-time and part-time employees may use sick leave accruals when either the employee or a member of their immediate family is ill or requires medical or dental care or for Oregon parental leave. The Human Resources Manager may approve exceptions to this policy on a case-by-case basis upon written justification from the employee.
The City observes the following holidays each year. The City is officially closed on these days unless otherwise determined by the Department:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Presidents' Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veteran's Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Two Personal Holidays
Other Fringe Benefits
The City provides a voluntary deferred compensation plan (457b) through multiple vendors. All contributions may be made pre-tax through payroll deduction and are made at no cost to the City.
The City recognizes that the health and fitness of all employees contribute to a higher level of morale and performance. The City's Wellness Program is aimed at improving overall employee health and fitness through the identification of risk factors, encouragement of physical fitness and lifestyle changes, and ongoing education. The City provides a $7.50 subsidy towards gym membership for employees utilizing one of the local fitness centers. Forest Grove fitness centers include Powerhouse, Curves, and Forest Grove Health and Fitness. In addition to the gym subsidy, the Aquatic Center offers employees free use of the pool during lap or fitness swim sessions.
Employee Assistance Program
The City makes available to employees enrolled in a health plan an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) designed to assist in the identification and resolution of concerns or problems (personal or job related), which may adversely affect an employee's personal or professional well-being or job performance. These personal concerns may include but are not limited to, health, marital status, family, financial, substance abuse, emotional/stress, and other personal matters.
Education & Training
The City supports and advocates continued education and training for every employee to enhance their job performance and assist in their potential career advancement within the City. Employees may request reimbursement for the costs of college-level coursework, seminars, and conferences relevant to their role in the organization.
Employees and family members are eligible to join the Credit Union immediately upon hire.
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