Benefits

Benefits

The Health Department offers a variety of benefits to its employees, with many of the options outlined below.

Revised Feb. 12, 2018

Retirement

Participation in the Kentucky Employees Retirement System is mandatory for full-time employees and those working 100 hours or more per month.  Members become fully vested in KERS after five years. The employee contribution for those starting in KERS after September 1, 2008, is 6.0% and is tax deferred until the employee receives the funds. If an employee leaves employment prior to retirement, 5% of the funds may be returned to the employee with interest (refunds are subject to early withdrawal penalties.) See www.kyret.ky.gov.

Deferred compensation plan

All employees may elect to participate in retirement, in addition to KERS, that is paid through pre-tax or post-tax dollars, available through payroll deduction. See www.kentuckydcp.com.

Health insurance

Eligible full-time employees may elect health insurance coverage. NKY Health pays up to a set amount per month for coverage. Coverage usually begins the second calendar month following the hire date. See https://personnel.ky.gov/Pages/healthinsurance.aspx.

Dental Insurance:

Eligible full-time employees may elect dental insurance coverage. NKY Health pays up to $20 per month for coverage and the employee pays the rest for premium plans or to insure dependents. Coverage usually begins the second calendar month following the hire date. See https://personnel.ky.gov/Pages/healthinsurance.aspx.

Vision Insurance:

Eligible full-time employees may elect vision coverage at group rates through payroll deduction. Coverage usually begins the second calendar month following the hire date. See https://personnel.ky.gov/Pages/healthinsurance.aspx.

Flexible spending accounts, health reimbursement accounts and premium conversion

Employees may pay their portion of eligible insurance premiums with pre-tax dollars. Pre-tax Flexible Spending Accounts are available to eligible employees for health care and dependent care expenses. Employees who have other health insurance coverage may elect to have their portion of the employer-paid premium allocation contributed to a Health Reimbursement Account. Some health plans contain embedded HRAs.

Life insurance

Eligible full-time employees receive $20,000 of life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance at no cost to them. Optional additional employee and dependent coverage is available at group rates through payroll deduction.

Holidays

Eligible full-time employees receive 12 paid holidays per year.

Annual leave

Eligible full-time employees accumulate up to 3.7 to 7.5 hours per pay period, based on length of service. Eligible part-time employees accumulate on a pro-rated basis.

Sick leave

Eligible full-time employees accumulate up to 3.7 hours per pay period. Eligible part-time employees accumulate on a pro-rated basis.

Civil leave

When summoned by court to serve as a juror or ordered to serve as a reservist in any branch of the U.S. military eligible employees receive full pay. Eligible employees also receive full pay for a pre-approved voting or election leave.

Family/medical leave

Eligible employees may receive up to 12 weeks per year of protected unpaid time off in certain circumstances, and up to 14 additional weeks in certain military circumstances.

Tuition assistance

Eligible employees seeking to further their academic training when it relates to their employment may receive all or partial assistance for tuition.

Training

Eligible employees seeking to hone their work-related skills may receive all or partial assistance for seminars, workshops, computer classes, etc.

Employee assistance program

Eligible employees and their immediate family members are eligible for up to eight one-hour-long sessions with the St. Elizabeth Employee Assistance Program.

Parking

Parking is provided at no cost to all employees.

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