The City offers an excellent comprehensive benefit package. Following is a brief summary of our existing benefits program:
Group Health & Hospitalization Coverage
The City provides group health and hospitalization insurance for regular full-time employees. Dependent coverage is available, but the employee assumes the entire cost for dependent coverage.
The City provides dental coverage for regular full employees. Dependent coverage is available, but the employee assumes the entire cost for dependent coverage.
The City provides a separate vision policy for regular full employees. Dependent coverage is available, but the employee assumes the entire cost for dependent coverage.
The City provides a life insurance policy to all regular full-time employees of two times annual salary (rounded to next highest thousand) with a maximum benefit of up to $200,000. The benefit is reduced at age 70.
Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
The City provides an accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy to all regular full-time employees of two times annual salary (rounded to next highest thousand) with a maximum benefit of up to $200,000. The benefit is reduced at age 70.
Dependent Life Insurance
The City provides a life insurance policy to the dependent(s) of all regular full-time employees of $5,000 for spouse and eligible dependent children.
The City provides a short-term disability plan to all regular full-time employees. The plan applies to injuries and illness which occur outside the workplace. Employees receive a benefit amount of 60% of their weekly salary, up to a maximum benefit of $700 per week. Benefits begin after a 7 day waiting period and may last up to 26 weeks upon medical certification.
Each regular employee who is expected to work for the City more than 1,000 hours annually will join the North Carolina Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System (NCLGERS) as a condition of employment starting the first day of employment. A 6% contribution is deducted from pay for the retirement plan and the City contributes an actuarially determined amount. An employee becomes vested in the retirement plan after 5 years of contributing service.
The City contributes 5% toward a 401(k) supplemental retirement plan for all regular employees contributing to the NCLGERS. Employees are immediately vested in the 401(k) plan. Employees may elect to make voluntary contributions to this plan up to the annual dollar limit.
Paid vacation is granted to all regular full-time employees. Vacation hours are earned on a biweekly basis. The hours granted per year for full-time employees are as follows:
|Years of Services
||Hour Accrued Per Year: Regular Employees
||Hours Accrued Per Year: Firefighters
|Less than 5 years
|5 through 9 years
|10 through 14 years
|15 through 19 years
|20 plus years
Regular full-time employees are granted 96 paid sick leave hours per year and full-time firefighters are granted 136.32 hours per year. Sick leave hours are earned on a biweekly basis.
Regular full-time employees will be granted 13 paid holidays depending on the year and date on which the holiday falls.
The City offers longevity pay to recognize and reward the total years of service as a regular full-time employee. Longevity pay is a lump sum payment given once a year. Payments are made in the following amounts/rates:
|Years of Service
|5 through 9 years
||2% of annual salary
|10 through 14 years
||3% of annual salary
|15 through 19 years
||4% of annual salary
|20 through 24 years
||5% of annual salary
|25 years and over
||6% of annual salary
Employee Assistance Program
The City of Sanford provides employees and family members with confidential counseling to help resolve problems that may impact their work or personal lives. This confidential counseling service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost to employees or family members for up to 5 sessions per situation per year.
Tuition Assistance Program
Tuition assistance is available to those regular full-time employees who have completed the initial probationary period and wish to further their education and training. Employees may receive financial assistance up to $2,500 per fiscal year for courses relating to their present job or to a future position with the City of Sanford. $2,500 can include registration, fees, tuition and books upon successful course completion.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Regular full-time employees are offered the option of participating in flexible spending accounts which provides a way to save federal, state, and social security taxes on eligible health and dependent care expenses. Employees fund the account through payroll deductions and are reimbursed for qualified expenses through the use of a debit card or submission of a claim form.
Employees have the option of joining the North Carolina Local Government Employees' Credit Union. In order to retain membership in the Credit Union, employees must have a minimum of $25 on deposit in a share (savings) account or $100 in a checking account.
Parental School Leave
The City provides 4 hours of parental school leave per calendar year (for grade school children). Hours may be used to attend school functions, eat lunch with child, attend parent/teacher conferences, etc. Leave may be paid or unpaid, if the employee chooses to use any accumulated personal or vacation time.
Family & Medical Leave
The City provides up to 12 weeks paid/unpaid job-protected leave per year to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons and certain military family reasons; and up to 26 weeks of military family leave for "military caregiver leave".
Available to employees who are in the uniformed services for leave due to active duty, active duty for training, inactive duty training (such as drills), funeral honors duty performed by National Guard and reserve members, as well as the period for which a person is absent from a position of employment for the purpose of an examination to determine fitness to perform any such duty. Leave may be paid or unpaid, if the employee chooses to use any accumulated vacation time.
The City provides paid leave for jury duty. The City pays the difference between court stipend and regular day's wages.
The City provides regular full-time employees 14 hours of paid personal leave per calendar year (7 hours if hired July 1st or later). Hours may be used in a maximum of 3-hour blocks depending on department mission needs.
The City and the employee each contribute 7.65% of gross salary.
All City employees are covered by the North Carolina Workers' Compensation Act. This act covers those employees who suffer injuries as a result of an accident while performing work related duties. Responsibility for claiming compensation under the Workers' Compensation Act is on the injured employee.