Insurance coverage is determined by collective bargaining for affiliated employees. Currently, regular-status positions of 30 hours or more per week provide employee benefits including City-paid medical, dental, and vision coverage for employees and their dependents, plus life insurance and long-term disability insurance coverage for employees.
Vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday provisions are determined through collective bargaining for affiliated employees. Currently, unaffiliated full-time general City employees receive 8 hours of sick leave per month and 12 holidays per year. Vacation days are earned at the rate of 8 hours per month with increases at regular intervals based on length of City service.
City employees who work in a position that lasts five or more months of 70 hours or more per month of compensated employment in a 12-month period are mandatory members of the State of Washington Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). Public Safety personnel are members of the Law Enforcement Officers' and Firefighters' Retirement System (LEOFF) or Public Safety Employees' Retirement System (PSERS). By state law, employees and the City jointly contribute to the plans.
Several deferred compensation plans are also available. For further information on the state retirement programs visit the Department of Retirement Systems website.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
For those employees in a benefit-eligible position, the city offers an Employee Assistance Program to assist with personal and work related issues and concerns.