Benefits

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The City of West Palm Beach provides a comprehensive fringe benefit package that includes city-paid health, dental, life, & vision insurance, retirement plans, paid vacation and sick leave and 11 paid holidays.

Insurance

Insurance
Details of insurance benefits related to your position can be found in the following benefit guide: General Employee Benefit Highlights Booklet. Current account holders can log on to CIGNA Health Care.

Life insurance
The City provides life insurance through the Hartford in the amount of the employee’s annual base salary. Employee’s have the option of purchasing additional life insurance up to three times the employees’ annual base salary. Visit the Hartford website for additional information.

Cafeteria Plan
Employees may participate in the Dependent Care and Un-reimbursed Medical Expense Plans on a pre-tax basis. Follow the instructions on the top of the forms when submitting to AFLAC.

Forms

The following forms are available upon request.

  • Medical Expense Form
  • Dependent Care Form

Finance & Retirement

Retirement Plans
Police and Fire Employees are enrolled in a Defined Benefits Retirement Plan. General Employees are enrolled in a mandatory 401(a) defined contribution plan where 7.5% of general employees' earnings is deducted for contributions to their accounts. The City contributions will commence after passage of the probationary period or as noted in a collective bargaining agreement. General employees are immediately 100% vested and the plan is portable. Employees may also participate in an optional 457 (b) Deferred Comp plan. Maximum employee contribution varies per year. To learn more visit Empower Retirement Services.

You can also Add/Change beneficiaries for 401(a) or 457.

Direct Deposit
All City employees must choose between Direct Deposit or PayAccess. With either method, employee pay is available as of 8AM on payday even in the event of natural disasters (hurricanes), illness, vacation, or other events. Direct Deposit is the automated deposit of an employee paycheck to the checking or savings account designated by the employee. In the event employees are unable to obtain a traditional bank account (checking/savings), the City’s corporate bank will provide employees with a PayAccess Account. The direct deposit signup form is available upon request.

Credit Union
As an employee of the City of West Palm Beach, you are eligible to join one of the premier financial institutions in the City, First Choice Credit Union. Open your savings and checking account with First Choice Credit Union and your first box of checks is FREE! Plus, if you bring in your old checks from your previous checking account, First Choice Credit Union will pay you $2 for each book – up to $10! For the employee's family, there are several programs, including the Starfish Savers Club, Kids Car Loans and more. Visit the First Choice Credit Union’s website.

Corporate Discounts
Check out Lotus Notes to view the current discounts available on the City Bulletin Board.

Leave

Annual Leave (Vacation)
Paid time off for employees' personal use. Regular full-time and part-time employees whose normal work week is twenty (20) hours or more accumulate annual leave with pay.

Sick Leave
Paid time off for employees' personal or immediate family sickness. Regular full-time and part-time employees whose normal work week is twenty (20) hours or more accumulate annual leave with pay.

Long Term Disability
Long Term Disability is provided to certain employee groups, for income protection in the event of disability from a covered injury, sickness or pregnancy. The City provides this coverage at no cost to the employee. More information is in the General Employee Benefit Highlights Booklet. Visit the Hartford website for additional information.

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