Wake County Summary of Benefits 2015

Wake County Summary of Benefits 2015
Wake County
Summary of Benefits 2015

Wake County Summary of Benefits 2015
About Wake County

The County employs approximately 3,800 employees, has experienced minimal
turnover for the last five years, offers a competitive benefits package and is an
award winning leader in wellness initiatives such as an onsite employee health

Wake County offers a comprehensive benefit package as well as other programs,
resources, policies and practices that integrate work/life strategies. Our programs
have been designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit your needs and the
needs of your family.

Our benefits range from medical, dental and vision coverage to life insurance
options. In addition, we offer a free health center for employees to use. We also
offer a variety of retirement savings plans to meet your needs.

    Consistently rated one of the best
    places to live and work in America!

Wake County Summary of Benefits 2015
Health & Wellness Programs

Health Insurance   Wake County offers two Preferred Provider
                   Organization (PPO) plans, administered by BCBSNC,
                   with varying benefits. The County contributes more
                   than $400.00 toward the monthly cost of coverage
                   for permanent full-time employees and a small
                   portion of dependent coverage.

Dental Insurance   Wake County offers employees two dental plans:
                   Basic and Plus. Employees may choose the Basic Plan
                   (with lower premiums and higher out-of-pocket
                   costs); or the Plus Plan (with higher premiums and
                   lower out-of-pocket costs). Administered by Delta
                   Dental, both options cover diagnostic, preventive and
                   basic services, with the Plus Option providing major
                   services at a higher percentage of benefits for certain
                   services. Under each option participants can visit any
                   dental provider.

Vision Care        Through your benefits with Wake County
                   Government, you can choose one of two vision plans
                   provided by EyeMed: the Standard Plan, with lower
                   premiums and higher out-of-pocket costs; or the
                   Premium Plan, with higher premiums and lower out-
                   of-pocket costs. Vision insurance is voluntary and
                   employee paid.

Prescription       Wake County offers a prescription drug plan that
                   helps reduce prescription costs, administered by
Drug Plan          OptumRx. When you enroll in the Health Plan, you
                   are automatically enrolled in the prescription drug

Wake County Summary of Benefits 2015
Health & Wellness Programs
Life/AD&D         Wake County provides 1x the employee’s annual
                  salary, capped at $200,000 in life and AD&D
                  insurance. Employees can purchase supplemental
                  coverage. Supplemental Life Insurance is available
                  to spouses and dependent children. Supplemental
                  AD&D is also available to spouses.

Wellness          Wake County provides a wellness program to help
                  you and your family get healthy and stay healthy.
                  We offer diabetic testing and management, fitness
                  classes and information on a variety of topics
                  ranging from how to quit smoking to how to
                  incorporate better eating habits into your daily life.

Employee Health   Wake County offers an Employee Health Center to
Center (EHC)      employees who are enrolled in Wake County’s Health
                  Plan. Our goal is to help you achieve your optimum
                  health. To reach this goal, the Wake Employee Health
                  Center staff is licensed to diagnose, treat and
                  prescribe for a wide variety of common illnesses and
                  injuries. In addition to sick care, employees have
                  access to a full range of health assessment, coaching
                  and disease management services – all from two
                  convenient locations at work. Services are free to
                  employees covered by the health plan and do not
                  require an employee to take leave time.

Health & Wellness Programs

Employee        Wake County offers an Employee Assistance Program
                (EAP) through ComPsych. The Employee Assistance
Assistance      Program provides work and life resources for you and
Program (EAP)   your eligible family members. The program is
                employer paid, confidential and available 24/7.

Short-Term      Wake County offers short-term disability to eligible
Disability      employees. You may choose a weekly benefit amount
                in multiples of $50 from $100 per week to a maximum
                of $600 per week. The weekly benefit you can select is
                capped at 66 2/3% of your annual salary. You may also
                choose either a 15-day or 30-day elimination period.
                This coverage is 100% paid by employees.

Long-term       Wake County provides long-term disability to eligible
Disability      employees between their second to fifth years of
                employment. The plan pays up to 60% of an
                employee’s monthly salary, capped at $1,500 per

Retirement Programs

Local Government   Regular full-time and part-time employees (including
                   law enforcement officers) are covered under the
Employees’         North Carolina Local Governmental Employees'
Retirement         Retirement System (LGERS). LGERS is a defined
                   benefit plan. Under this type of plan the benefit you
System (LGERS)
                   receive at retirement is based on a formula. This
                   formula considers your years and months of
                   creditable service, your age, and your average final
                   compensation. Participation is mandatory for all
                   permanent full-time employees. Wake County
                   contributes 7.07% for employees and 7.41% for law
                   enforcement officers (LEOs). Employees contribute
                   6% on a pre-tax basis.

401(k)             Wake County currently provides a 5% pre-tax
                   contribution to the 401(k) plan for all benefit-eligible
                   employees. The plan is administered through
                   Prudential Retirement and offers both a pre-tax and a
                   Roth 401(k) after-tax option.

457                Wake County offers a 457 Retirement Savings Plan
                   that is administered through ICMA-RC and offers
                   employees a pre-tax contribution option. IRAs for
                   employees and their spouses are also available.

Leave Programs
Annual Leave              Wake County grants 12–26 days of annual leave*
                          per year for probationary or regular full-time (40-
                          hour work period) employees based on years of
                            Years of Current and        Minutes Earned   Hours Earned   Days Earned
                            Reinstated Service          Each Month       Each Year      in One Year

                            Less than 2 years                480               96             12
                            2 but less than 5 years          560               112            14
                            5 but less than 10 years         680               136            17
                            10 but less than 15 years        800               160            20
                            15 but less than 20 years        920               184            23
                            20 years or more                1,040              208            26

Sick Leave                Wake County grants 12 days of sick leave* per
                          year for probationary or regular full-time (40-hour
                          work period) employees to use in cases of personal
                          illness, disability or related examination or
                          treatment of an employee or immediate family.

Holiday                   Wake County grants 12 paid holidays* per year for
                          probationary or regular full-time (40-hour work
                          period) employees.

Shared Leave              Wake County employees can donate annual leave
                          to other Wake County employees in need.
                          Employees receive the donation as Sick Leave.

             *Part-time employees also earn leave on a prorated basis.

Work, Life & Education Programs

Flexible        Most County offices are open for business from the
                hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Monday through
Work            Friday. Flex-time, compressed work schedule and
Schedule        teleworking options may be utilized by employees
                with the advance approval of the department

Community       Wake County provides up to 8 hours per year for
Involvement     involvement with their child in the schools; any
                volunteer activities in the schools; or any activities
Leave           in a not-for-profit organization.

Tuition         Regular employees can apply to receive up to
Reimbursement   $1,200 annually to cover tuition and books related
                to accredited college courses. Tuition
                reimbursement is available after one year of
                employment with the advance approval of the
                department head and if there are available funds in
                the department.

Financial Savings & Planning
 s & Planning
Flexible    Wake County employees may participate in the
Spending    IRS-established Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
            for health and dependent care-related expenses.
            FSAs allow employees to “reimburse” themselves
            for eligible expenses and not pay taxes on the

College     Wake County employees can enroll in the NC 529
Savings     College Foundation Savings Plan. Payroll deductions
            for the college savings plan are an after-tax benefit.
Plan        The NC 529 plan has 14 investment options to
            choose from.

Financial   Financial planning and educational sessions are
Planning    available for employees provided by Prudential
            Retirement 401K and ICMA 457 Plans.

            Free financial planning is also offered by the Local
            Government Federal Credit Union for Wake County
            employees who bank with them. All employees
            have to do is open a checking account for $25.00 to
            become a member.

Financial Savings & Planning

Retirement   Wake County provides retirement counseling for

Long-term    Employees may purchase long-term care insurance
             through UNUM for themselves and other eligible
             family members. Employees may purchase benefit
             amounts up to $3,000 per month and may select
             either a 3 or 6 year duration period for facility
             benefits. Coverage also includes home health care.

2015 Benefit Summary
             Rates   of Benefits
Following is the semi-monthly premium amount you will pay for various levels of your benefits coverage. As you
can see, Wake County pays the majority of the total cost; the amount shown in the far left column is your net
cost. Your premiums will be prorated if you work part-time.
Summary of Benefits

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