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Benefits for Employees

This is a summary of benefits only.  Policies pertaining to these benefits are on file in the Human Resources Department and are available for employees’ review at any time.

Regular full-time employees receive a variety of excellent benefits. Regular part-time employees, those who are regularly scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week, receive benefits on a pro-rated basis.

Holidays

Holiday Date
New Year's Day January 1
Martin Luther King Jr. Third Monday in January
Presidents Day Third Monday in February
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day First Monday in September
Thanksgiving Day Fourth Thursday in November
Day after Thanksgiving Day Fourth Friday in November
Christmas Eve December 24
Christmas Day December 25
Personal Holiday/September 11th for Fire As requested by the Employee

Vacation

All regular full-time and regular part-time employees accrue vacation leave for each month of active service. Accrual rate increases are based on length of service and number of hours worked per regular work week. Initial accruals are earned at the rate of 80 hours per year for full-time employees. Firefighters working 24 hour shifts will accrue vacation leave at 112 hours per year. Vacation accruals may be used after satisfactory completion of initial probationary period.

Sick Leave

All regular full-time and regular part-time employees accrue sick leave. Regular full-time employees accrue 3.76 hours per paycheck. Regular part-time employees accrue sick leave in proportion to hours budgeted for their position. Firefighters accrue 5.17 hours of sick leave per paycheck.

Non-Longevity Pay

Full-time employee’s additional pay of $50 for each completed month of service for a maximum of $600 each year; regular part-time employees receive $25 for each completed month of service to a maximum of $300 each year.

Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS)

Regular full-time employee's tax-deferred contribution into the TMRS fund is 7% of gross wages. The City matches this contribution on a 2 to 1 ratio, vested after 5 years. Employees are eligible to retire with 20 years of service at any age or at age 60 with at least 5 years of service.

Social Security and Medicare

All employees of the City are included in the Social Security and Medicare System. The City is required to deduct a percentage of gross income from each paycheck per IRS regulations.

Deferred Compensation Program

The City offers a voluntary Deferred Compensation Program through Nationwide. Payroll deductions are made to defer income and the payment of taxes on the deferred amount. The City makes deposits directly to the agency on the employee’s behalf.

Tuition Reimbursement

Regular full-time employees can be reimbursed tuition and fees for college classes. Contact Human Resources for more information.

Employee Special Recognition

As funds are available within authorized budget limits established by the City Council, the City will conduct an annual employee event in recognition of the special efforts and accomplishments of individuals, various teams, task forces, or work groups that operate for the benefit of the City.

Medical, and Dental Insurance

The City offers medical and dental insurance coverage’s to regular full-time employees. Medical insurance is offered to employees regularly scheduled to work over thirty (30) hours per week.
In addition, employee’s dependent coverage’s are available on an optional basis. Employee premium costs vary depending on the plan chosen and the employee’s election of dependent coverage.

Disability Benefit

The long-term disability plan provides financial protection for regular full-time employees by paying a portion of the employee’s income (up to 60% of monthly earnings to a maximum benefit of $5,000 per month) while the employee is disabled. There is no cost to the employee for this coverage. Disability claims must be approved by the insurance carrier before benefits will begin.

Life Insurance

The City provides group life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance coverage to all regular full-time employees, which is payable to an employee's designated beneficiary. There is no cost to the employee for this coverage.

Flexible Spending Account Program

Regular full-time employees may participate in the Flexible Spending Plan, which corresponds to Section 125 of the IRS Code. The plan allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified healthcare and dependent care expenses. Contributions are deducted from the employee’s paycheck in equal amounts during the year and are not subject to federal income tax, FICA tax, and, in most cases state and local income taxes.

Supplemental Insurance

The City provides other voluntary benefits for regular full-time employees. Participation in these benefits is strictly voluntary on the part of the employee. These supplemental policies are not paid by the City, but are offered to employees to supplement their current insurance coverage. These benefits may change from time to time. Employees have the option of purchasing supplemental life, cancer, accident, critical illness, and short term disability insurance through existing payroll deduction accounts.

Employee Assistance Program

The City provides an Employee Assistance Program at no cost to employees through the Life and AD&D insurance provider. The purpose of the program is to assure that employees and their families receive help to resolve personal problems in an effective and confidential manner.