Agency Information

Paycheck
Permanent employees generally receive their paycheck on the first of each month. Temporary employees will be paid twice a month (generally on the first of the month and mid-month).
 
Automatic Deposit is available through most bank and credit unions. Current State of Oregon employees that utilize direct deposit can access their paystub information electronically using ePaystub. This allows employees to access paystubs anytime, anywhere.

Salary Increases
Salaries for each classification are determined through the applicable collective bargaining process or Department of Administrative Service compensation policy. Generally, an employee will start at the first step of the particular classification range. 
  
Social Security
Federal Social Security taxes are withheld regularly, starting with your first paycheck.

Deferred Compensation Plan
A Deferred Compensation Plan is also available, which allows the employee to set aside part of their income in an investment plan and not pay taxes on it until the money is withdrawn. Deferring income reduces the amount withheld for taxes from your monthly paycheck.

Savings Bonds
U.S. Savings Bonds are available to purchase through payroll deductions.

Credit Unions
Several are available to employees:

Vacation Leave
Eligible employees can use vacation leave after completing 1040 working hours. Leave accruals are pro-rated depending on how many hours you worked during the prior month. Vacation accrual increases on 5 year intervals.

Reference: SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 66; Human Resource Services Division statewide policy, 60.000.05.

Sick Leave
Sick leave is pro-rated based on how many hours you worked in the prior month. Eligible employees can receive a maximum of 8 hours sick leave per month; these employees can use sick leave hours in succeeding months.  

Reference: SEIU Collective Bargaining Agreement, Article 56; Human Resource Services Division statewide policy, 60.000.01.

Personal Business Leave
Personal leave is pro-rated for part-time employees. Full-time, regular and limited duration employees receive 24 hours of personal leave annually. Personal leave is granted July 1 through June 30 (fiscal year) of each year and is forfeited if not used. New employees must complete 1040 working hours to access Personal Leave.

*Pro-rating is based on the percentage of time worked. Example: You work 50 percent of full-time hours. You receive 50 percent of the leave accrued.

Paid Holidays
The State of Oregon recognizes nine holidays:
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans' Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • And any other leave designated by the Governor

OPSRP and PERS

Employees become members of the Oregon Publice Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP) Pension Program if they begin working for a Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) participating employer after August 28, 2003 and work six full calendar months for a PERS-covered employer in a qualifying position requiring at least 600 hours per calendar year.

Employees hired before August 28, 2003 partake in the benefits of the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS).

Tier One members began working for a PERS-covered employer on or before December 31, 1995 and worked six full calendar months for a PERS-covered employer in a qualifying position requiring at least 600 hours per calendar year.

Tier Two members began working for a PERS-covered employer on or after January 1, 1996 and before August 29, 2003 and worked six full calendar months for a PERS-covered employer in a qualifying position requiring at least 600 hours per calendar year.

For more information:

Public Employees Retirement System

Deferred Compensation

The Oregon Savings Growth Plan's 457 deferred compensation plan allows voluntary contributions from $25 up to $15,000 maximum per year on a pretax basis; this dollar amount changes depending on the option you choose.

All employees are eligible to participate at any time. Once enrolled, the employee has complete access to account information and transactions 24 hours a day.

For more information:

Oregon Savings Growth Plan

The benefits package for OED employees includes medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and their family. There are several plans from which to choose. It also includes a $5,000 basic life insurance coverage for the employee paid by the state.

These basic benefits are part of a cafeteria plan that meets IRS requirements, so they are paid with pre-tax dollars. The state provides a portion of the monthly benefit amount toward the cost of these benefits for eligible employees.

For full plan information go to: Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) 
 
The following optional insurances are available with premiums paid by employees:

​Employee Life Insurance Coverage from $20,000 to $600,00​
​Spouse/Domestic Partner Life Insurance ​Coverage from $20,00 to $400,00
​Dependent Life Insurance ​$5,000 coverage. Covers all eligible dependents.
​Accidental Death and Dismemberment
​Coverage from $50,000 to $500,000. Dependents can be included and are insured for a percentage of the employee's coverage amount.
Short-term Disability Insurance ​Income protection for short-term disability of employee due to pregnancy or illness/injuries. Benefit is 60 percent of weekly earnings for a maximum of 13 weeks, normally following a one-week waiting period.
Long-term Disability Insurance
​Income protection for long-term disability of employee. Several plans available with either 90-day waiting period or 180-day waiting period before benefits begin. Two benefit levels are available (60 percent of monthly salary or 66 2/3 percent of monthly salary).
​Long-term Care Insurance ​Provides monthly benefits towards long-term care, assisted living, adult foster care, residential care, and home care. Higher levels are subject to carrier approval as are requests for coverage on spouse or other eligible family members.
 
​Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account Employees may elect to have money withheld from their paychecks on a pretax basis to reimburse themselves for qualified dependent care expenses that are necessary so they or their spouse can work.​
​Healthcare Flexible Spending Account ​Employees may elect to have money withheld from their paychecks on a pretax basis to reimburse themselves for qualified healthcare expenses.
 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Cascade Centers EAP offers information and resources to help today's busy people keep their minds on work. It is a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL benefit. The EAP provides professional counselors that can guide you over the phone or in office visits. They'll listen to you, help you sort things out and then work with you on a plan to set things straight. If needed, they can refer you to a provider in your medical plan.

All your contact with Cascade, from the first call to resolution, is private and confidential. No information abou you goes back to your employer or PEBB. Employees, spouses, domestic partners, and other eligible dependents may access the benefit individually or together.

  • Marital or premarital problems
  • Divorce or separation
  • Conflict at work
  • Gambling addiction
  • Parent-child relationship
  • Grieving a loss
  • Behavorial disorders
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Free legal and financial advice
  • Homeownership savings
  • Child and elder care resources
  • Identity theft recovery
  • Crisis counseling
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Depression
  • Physical or sexual abuse

For more information: Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

HealthWorks

The Employment Department maintains a lending library of books that can assist you with healthy living choices. HealthWorks coordinates various activities in individual offices or with PEBB such as flu shot clinics, Weight Watchers, walking contests, tai chi programs, yoga classes, chair massages or fitness rooms.

Parking, Biking and Mass Transit

The State Parking and Commuting Services Program offers various resources for transit passes, carpooling, vanpooling, park and rides, bike rooms and lockers, and rideshare. Portland, Salem and Eugene employees may purchase their transit pass via pre-tax payroll deduction. This website can also assist with parking maps and locating parking resources.

For more information: Parking, biking and mass transit

Smart Commuter Program

The Department of Administrative Services offers the Smart Commuter Program to encourage employees to use alternative modes of transportation in their commute. The goal is to reduce traffic volume and parking demand, improve air quality, and reward the efforts of state employees who leave their cars at home.

To qualify, an employee must commute to work by public transit, rail, vanpool, commuter bus, bicycle or walk from home or from a park and ride location more than half of their workdays each month. Permanent, temporary and contracted state employees may participate in the program. The program offers occasional parking permits, a coupon book for participants in Salem and a guaranteed ride home.

For more information: Smart Commuter Program

Oregon State Library

Resources and services are available to all State of Oregon employees. Order, borrow and renew books, request research assistance and attend training, orientations and events.

For more information: Oregon State Library

Office of Human Resources

Oregon Employment Department
875 Union St. NE #102
Salem, OR 97311

Hours of Operation

8:00 AM  - 5:00 PM

Contact

Phone: 503-947-1289
Fax: 503-947-1318
TTY: 800-735-2900