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The City of Redwood City is pleased to offer a wide range of benefit programs to our employees. The benefit package offered by the City is both comprehensive and competitive. This summary provides a brief overview of the available benefits to eligible employees. Eligible employees are full-time and part-time employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Retirement

CalPERS

  • 1st Tier
    • Membership in the California Public Employee’s Retirement System (CalPERS).
    • Single highest year of compensation formula.
    • 3%@50 – Fire
    • 3%@50 –Police
    • 2.7%@55 – Miscellaneous
  • 2nd Tier (employees hired after 10/13/2011)
    • Membership in the California Public Employee’s Retirement System (CalPERS).
    • Three highest years of compensation formula.
    • 3%@55– Fire
    • 3%@55–Police
    • 2%@60– Miscellaneous
  • 3rd Tier (for all NEW CALPERS members hired after 1/1/2013)
    • Membership in the California Public Employee’s Retirement System (CalPERS).
    • Three highest years of compensation formula.
    • 2.7%@57– Fire
    • 2.7%@57–Police
    • 2%@62– Miscellaneous

    Definition of New CALPERS Members

Health

  • Medical
    • All plans administered by CalPERS.
    • City pays all or part of monthly premium.
  • Dental - City pays all or part of monthly premiums for employees and their qualified dependents. Pro-rated for part-time employees.
  • Vision - City pays all or part of monthly premiums for employees and their qualified dependents. Pro-rated for part-time employees.
  • Navia (Cafeteria Plan) - Allows employees to contribute Tax-Free income for:
    • Health Care Reimbursement ($2,550.Annual Maximum)
    • Dependent Care Reimbursement ($5,000.00 Annual Maximum)
    • Flexi - Pass

Employee Wellness

  • Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) - Licensed counselors provide confidential consultation and referrals for:
    • Emotional and personal issues
    • Legal concerns
    • Financial issues
    • Marital and Family Relations
    • Child and Eldercare services
  • Up to 3 consultations per incident per year are provided free of charge for employees’ and their eligible dependents.
  • AFLAC - All AFLAC plans are optional voluntary plans that are paid 100% by employees by standard payroll deduction.
    • Dental – Provides additional dental coverage.
    • Personal Cancer Protector Plan – Provides additional coverage for covered individuals, when diagnosed with cancer.
  • Employee Fitness  - Several City facilities offer weight rooms, some at no cost, and others for a fee, to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Income Protection

  • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
    • Basic Plan – Monthly premiums paid by the City.
    • Optional Plan – Additional coverage may be purchased by employee, up to a maximum of one and a half times the annual salary.
  • Long Term Disability (LTD)
    • Basic Plan – Monthly premiums are paid by the City.
    • Optional Plan – Additional coverage may be purchased by employee, up to a maximum of one and a half times the annual salary.
  • AFLAC
    • Personal Recovery Plus – Provides additional coverage due to hospitalization for several medical issues.
    • Personal Accident Expense Plus – Provides additional disability income.

Savings Plans

  • Deferred Compensation Plans - All regular employees may voluntarily contribute to any of the following four plans:
    • CalPERS 457
    • National Deferred
    • ING
    • ICMA
  • 401(a) Plan - The PARS Defined Contribution Retirement Enhancement Plan is available to Executive Level Managers only.

Paid Time Off

  • Vacation - Accrued bi-weekly.
  • Sick Leave
  • Bereavement Leave - Employees may be absent with pay for up to three (3) consecutive work days (or more if travel over 300 miles is required.)
  • Personal Business Leave
  • In-Lieu Hours - Available to Executive Level Managers only.
  • Donated Time
    • Employees can apply for donated time when due to a catastrophic situation they have run out of paid time off.
    • Employees donate up to ten percent (10%) or more with Department Head approval of their own accrued vacation leave, in lieu hours or administrative (floating) holiday balance to the employee in need of paid time off.
  • Holidays - The City provides paid holidays as listed below for most employees. Certain positions do require employees to work on holidays. Holidays may include:
    • New Year’s Day
    • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (observed the third Monday in January)
    • Washington’s Birthday (observed the third Monday in February)
    • Memorial Day (observed the last Monday in May)
    • Independence Day
    • Labor Day (observed the first Monday in September)
    • Veteran’s Day
    • Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving
    • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
    • New Year’s Eve
    • Administrative/Floating Holiday

Miscellaneous

  • Educational Expense Reimbursement  - Reimbursement is available for job-related courses taken as part of an accredited institution’s degree program or for professional development workshops or seminars. Full and Part-time employees are eligible to receive reimbursement for the cost of tuition, registration fees, books and supplies.
  • Mileage Reimbursement - Employees may be reimbursed for travel requested and authorized by the City.