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Benefits Overview:

Full-Time Employment Benefits

Aetna Resources for Living

  • This benefit is provided by the City of Waco at no cost to employees.  Up to six counseling sessions are available (per employee and each dependent) per issue.  Aetna Resources for Living Services provides this benefit. 
  • Aetna Resources for Living provides additional services beyond short-term counseling including crisis intervention, on-line resources, and preparation of a simple will to name a few.  The City wants to ensure employees remain healthy and productive in the workplace while maintaining a balance between work and home life. 
  • Advantages of using Aetna Resources for Living: The service costs the employee nothing, it is high quality and professional, easy to access, confidential, available for employees and their families, and offers practical solutions for employees’ unique issues.

Bilingual Pay

The bilingual pay program compensates employees whose position may require the use of Spanish bilingual skills. Each department is allotted a maximum number of positions that are eligible to receive bilingual pay.

Cafeteria Plans

The Section 125 Cafeteria Plan allows employees to use pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible expenses, which allows employees to reduce income taxes and increase take-home pay. The plan includes: health, vision, and dental premium sheltering, healthcare flexible spending account, and dependent care flexible spending account. PayFlex Systems USA, Inc.administers the City's flexible spending accounts.

Deferred Compensation Plans

Participation in Deferred Compensation is available for employees who want to save additional money for retirement and not pay taxes on the money until it is withdrawn at retirement. The City offers three deferred compensation plans: Metlife, ICMA, and Nationwide.

Dental Plans

The City offers two voluntary dental plans. Quality Care Dental (QCD) of America provides a dental discount plan. Cigna Dental provides a dental indemnity insurance plan.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is effective the first day of employment for employees and dependents that enroll. The City's health plan year runs October 1st through September 30th. Employees may elect not to enroll in the City's health plan. The City offers one health and prescription insurance plan, administered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS) and prescription services provided through Prime Therapeutics. Locally, employees have access to Hillcrest and Providence Hospitals located in Waco and Scott & White Hospital located in Temple.

Holidays

The City observes ten paid holidays each year for full time employees. Holidays which fall on a Saturday will be observed on the preceding Friday; holidays which fall on a Sunday will be observed on the following Monday. Employees scheduled to work on a holiday may be given another day off or may be paid for the holiday.

    • New Year's Day
    • Martin Luther King Day
    • Spring Holiday
    • Memorial Day
    • July 4th
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving Day
    • Friday after Thanksgiving
    • Christmas Eve
    • Christmas Day

Leave for Jury Duty

    Employees required to report for jury duty will receive their regular pay during the time they serve, on a regularly scheduled workday. The employee must present proper documentation to his immediate supervisor upon receipt of the notification to report for jury duty.

Life Insurance & Accidental Death Insurance

    The City provides Basic Term Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance at no cost to the employee, which becomes effective on the first day of employment. An employee is automatically enrolled for an amount equal to one times his base annual earnings to a maximum of $50,000. An employee may purchase supplemental life insurance and life insurance for his family. Life insurance and accidental death insurance are offered through Prudential Insurance Company of America.

Longevity Pay

    Employees must have 5 full years of continuous service as a full time regular employee as of November 1st each year to be eligible for longevity pay. Longevity pay is paid each December at $4 per month for each year of service with a maximum of 25 years. Civil Service employees receive longevity pay at a rate of $4 per month after one year of service up to a maximum of 25 years, which is paid biweekly.

Long-Term Disability

    This program may pay an employee up to 60% of his salary after being disabled by an injury or illness. The coverage begins on the 181st day after an injury or illness and may continue to age 65. The benefits of this plan may be coordinated with other income the employee may be receiving. An employee is automatically enrolled at no cost to the employee. This benefit is provided through Prudential Insurance Company of America.

Military Leave

    Employees who are members of a reserve component of the U.S. armed forces or National Guard are entitled to military leave with pay for 15 days per year. For longer periods of military duty, the City adheres to the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA) guidelines.

Paydays

    Employees are paid every two weeks for a total of 26 paydays per year.

Post Retirement Benefits

    Life insurance in the amount of $2,500 is provided at no cost to each qualified retiree. An optional $5,000 in life insurance is available at the retiree's expense. Retired employees may keep medical coverage as long as they continue to pay the health premium, however, the decision to continue medical coverage must be made upon retirement.

Retirement Plan

    Employees scheduled to work a minimum of 1,000 hours per calendar year are members of the Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS). An employee contributes 7% of his/her gross pay, and the City matches employee deposits at a ratio of 2 to 1. Qualified employees may retire at age 60 with at least five years of service credit with TMRS or have 20 years of service credit with TMRS, regardless of age.

Savings Bonds

    Employees may elect to have payroll deductions to purchase savings bonds.

School Conference Policy

    Employees with school-aged children may be granted one and one-half hour with pay per child per semester for school conferences, provided supervisory approval has been granted.

Short-Term Disability

    This voluntary benefit begins on the 15th day following a non-occupational accidental injury or non-occupational sickness, and it pays up to 70% of an employee's weekly earnings, up to a maximum of $500, less deductible sources of income. The minimum weekly benefit is $25. The maximum period of payments is 26 weeks. This benefit is provided through Prudential Insurance Company of America.

Sick Leave

    Employees accrue sick leave with pay at a rate of one workday for each month employed. Sick leave may be accumulated without limit and carried forward from year to year.

    Civil Service employees are allowed sick leave with pay, accumulated at the rate of 1.25 full working days for each month employed in a calendar year, so as to total fifteen working days to an employee's credit each twelve months.

    An employee who separates from employment with the City after five years of continuous service will be paid for accumulated sick leave based on the table below:

Days Accrued

Days Paid

Total Days Paid

0 to 89 Days Actual Number
of Days Accrued
Actual Number
of Days Accrued
90 to 149 Days 90 Days 90 Days Total
150 to 249 Days 10 Additional Days 100 Days Total
250 to 349 Days 15 Additional Days 105 Days Total
350 Days or More 20 Additional Days 110 Days Total

Social Security

The City participates in Social Security.

Vacation

Employees earn vacation leave at a rate of 13 workdays per year. After five years of consecutive employment, full-time employees earn 18 vacation days per year. After 20 years of consecutive employment, full-time employees earn 20 vacation days per year.

Civil Service Employees are entitled to earn a minimum of fifteen working days vacation leave with pay each year. A maximum of 20 days can be carried over to the next calendar year for all employees. An employee, who separates from employment with the City, is allowed a maximum of 20 accrued vacation days to be paid out.

Vision Plan

The City offers a voluntary vision plan through Superior Vision.

Waco Federal Credit Union

City of Waco employees can join the Waco Federal Credit Union.

Worker's Compensation

The City provides Workers' Compensation insurance or equivalent benefits to employees for job related injuries and occupational illnesses.

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