Comal County, Texas

   Texas-County%20seal.jpg     

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS PROGRAM

 
COUNTY SICK LEAVE POOL

The purpose of the County Sick Leave Pool Program is to provide additional sick leave for eligible full-time employees (to facilitate their return to work), who have a catastrophic illness or injury. The non-occupational illness or injury must last longer than three weeks (21 calendar days) and cause the employee to exhaust all personal accrued leave time (vacation, sick leave and compensatory time).

Membership:

Full-time employees who have 12 months service & have completed an application form (each year).  Contribution of at least a minimum of 8 hours / max of 40 hours per year is required.

Administration:

The Human Resources Executive Office Manager will review all applications for membership and grant request for validity.

Withdrawals:

The maximum grant is 180 days or 1/3 of the Sick Leave Pool balance (whichever is less) - runs concurrently with FMLA and Short-term Disability.

Amount granted is determined by the Human Resources Executive Office Manager and is based upon the medical recommendation of the attending physician.

 

Contact your Human Resources Department for more information on Comal County benefits.

 

COUNTY DEFERRED COMPENSATION PROGRAM

Public Employee 457 Deferred Compensation Plan is a voluntary, tax-favored supplemental retirement savings program that allows most employees to contribute a portion of their salary before federal taxes to a personal retirement account.

·        Primary advantages:

  • Payroll deductions - automatic investment of your deductions
  • Minimal  contribution - as little as $20 per month
  • Pre-Tax and Tax-Deferred Benefits

·        Can set aside a maximum of up to $16,500 per year

·        Catch up provisions for age 49 & older (up to $5,000 per year)

·       Withdrawals:

  • Retirement and termination of employment
  • Unforeseeable emergency
  • Death

·        Employees currently have two plans to choose from:

Hartford's DCPlus- Tobin Hoffman (HFS Securities) (830) 625-5845

Nationwide- Janice Huey Wong (210) 313-0436


2016 PAID HOLIDAYS

New Year's Day Jan. 1, MLK Day Jan. 18, President's Day Feb. 15, Founder's Day Mar. 25, Menorial Day May 30, Independence Day July 4, Labor Day Sept. 5, Fair Day Sept. 23, Veteran's Day Nov. 11, Thanksgiving Nov. 24 & 25, Christmas, Dec. 23 & 26. All holidays are reviewed annually & are subject to change and approval by Commissioners Court.


BENEFITS OVERVIEW 

Two weeks vacation 1 week (5 days) after 6 mos; 5 additional  days after 12 mos, (2 weeks per year).Three week vacation (15 days) after 10 years

Sick Leave (SL) accrual of 3.076 hrs per pay period (80 hrs per year). SL "Buy Back" each year for half of any SL accrued over 320 hrs. Exempt employees not eligible. Paid comprehensive hospitalization, major medical health plan with full coverage for most outpatient expenses & full pharmacy card for full-time employees.  Coverage available for dependents at following rates (**bi-weekly=26 pay periods):

Child(ren)**

Spouse**

Family**

Notes

$87.06

$175.87

$262.90

1 Child

$103.19

 

$279.03

2 Children

$119.32

 

$295.16

3 Children

$135.45

 

$311.29

4 Children

$151.68

 

$327.42

5 Children

$167.71

 

$343.55

6 Children

Paid $45K (Double Indemnity) Basic Life for EE with Accidental Death & Dismemberment

Paid Short-term Disability for employee

Paid Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Supplemental insurance plans available through Allstate, Unum, & Guardian via Cafeteria Plan (Section 125), examples:

-  Supplemental Death Benefits*

-  Allstate Accident Policy*

-  Allstate Cancer Policy*

-  Allstate Critical Illness*

-  Allstate GAP Insurance Policy*

-  Gurdian Dential & Vision Insurance Plans

-  Guardian Group Dependent Term Life Ins*

-  Unum Long-term Disability Insurance

-  Medical & Dependent Care Reimbursement

-  AirLife (Air Ambulance) Insurance*

* portable coverage

Automatic deposit (mandatory)

Free Discount Vision Program

10 - 14 paid holidays (varies by year)

Paid Bereavement leave  

Tax Deferred Annuity (fixed or variable)

Workers' Compensation/Unemployment Ins

County Sick Leave Pool Program Available after 12 months of employment (cost = 8hrs of base pay per year)


 

VACATION ACCRUAL  

 

# Days

Eligibility

Accrual

Accumulate

10 Days

(2 Weeks) per year

1st  Pay Period following 6 mos  service  & 1st Pay Period  after  1st year of service.

3.08 hours per pay period (26 pay periods per year) Note 1.

20 days

Maximum

15 Days

(3 Weeks)

Completion of 10 year's service.

4.62 hours per pay period (26 pay periods per year) Note 2.

30 days

Maximum

Note 1: Begins (as noted above) on pay period following  6 month & 1st year anniversary, & each pay period thereafter.

Note 2: Begins on pay period following the tenth anniversary and each pay period thereafter.


FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE (FMLA)

A family and/or medical leave of absence is available to eligible employees for up to twelve (12) weeks of unpaid leave in any 12-month period under certain circumstances that are related to the health of the employee or the employee's family.  FMLA is based on a rolling 12-month period, measured backward, from the date the employee uses any FMLA leave.  Comp time, sick leave, and vacation accruals will be exhausted with FMLA requests until it reaches an unpaid status. 

Reasons to request leaves under FMLA are:

  • The birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child.
  • A serious health condition that prevents the employee from doing the essential functions of his or her job. 
  • Caring for a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition.

Included in the FMLA regulations benefit entitlements January 2008 military family leave statute, passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

  • Qualifying Exigency Leave under which eligible employees may take up to 12 weeks of FMLA leave for reasons related to the call to active duty of covered service member spouses, children, or parents
  •  Military Caregiver Leave, which gives employees up to 26 weeks of leave in a single 12-month period to care for a seriously injured or ill covered service member.

TEXAS COUNTY AND DISTRICT RETIREMENT SYSTEM (TCDRS)

 

Member Participation

All elected officials and employees are required to become a member of the system.  Employees (EE's) must contribute 7% each pay period with the County matching EE's deposits @ 2:1 at time of retirement.

Service Retirement

A member is eligible for lifetime monthly service retirement benefit payments if they:

·  Accumulated at least 8 years of credited service and attained age of at least 60; or,

·  Attained an age and total credited service which equals 75 or more; or,

·   Accumulated at least 30 years of credited service.

Disability Retirement

Non-service connected: A member with at least 8 years credited service who is permanently disabled for any reason and incapacitated for any gainful occupation.

Supplemental Death

Benefit

Provides the beneficiary of a deceased employee-member with a lump sum death benefit payment equal to a year's salary.  Provides beneficiary of a retired member with a lump-sum payment of $5,000 upon death of the retired member.

Vesting

Employees earn vested rights upon the completion of eight (8) years of creditable service.  Vesting is the right to retire and to receive lifetime monthly pension payments contingent upon satisfaction of the age requirement for retirement.

 

COMAL COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER and PARTICIPATES IN THE E-VERIFY PROGRAM