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Benefits
Overview
Following is a brief summary of benefits available to full-time Employment Department employees. Eligible part-time employees receive benefits on a pro-rated basis. This is only a guide and does not contain all rules and policies governing benefits. Benefits are subject to change at any time.

 
Compensation Package
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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allows the employee to set aside part of their income in an investment plan and not pay taxes on it until the money is withdrawn.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:

Internet Explorer IconHeritage Grove Federal Credit Union  
  
  
  
 
MAPs Credit Union LogoInternet Explorer IconMarion and Polk County Schools Credit Union

 
Leave Information
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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.


SEIU Represented
and Classified
Unrepresented Staff
AFSCME
Management and
Executive Service
Years of
Service
Accrual Rate
Accrual Rate
Accrual Rate
Hire - 5 years
8 hours/month
8 hours/month
10 hours/month
5 - 10 years
10 hours/month
10 hours/month
11.34 hours/month
10 - 15 years
12 hours/month
12 hours/month
13.34 hours/month
15 - 20 years
14 hours/month
14 hours/month
15.34 hours/month
19 - 24 years
16 hours/month
16 hours/month
17.34 hours/month
25+ years
18 hours/month
18 hours/month
19.34 hours/month
 
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 
OED recognizes nine holidays:


  • New Year's Day
  • Labor Day
 
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday
  • Veterans' Day
  • Presidents Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Independence Day
  • And any other leave designated by the Governor.
Electronic Timekeeping
In our effort to be green, all employees utilize electronic timekeeping.


 
Retirement
OPSRP and PERS
Employees become members of the Oregon Public 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 29, 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.

  

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:

 
 

 
Health, Life and Disability Insurance
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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 - Internet Explorer IconPublic Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) 
 
The following optional insurances are available with premiums paid by employees:

Employee Life Insurance
Coverage from $20,000 to $600,000. 
Spouse/Domestic Partner Life Insurance
Coverage from $20,000 to $400,000.
Dependent Life Insurance
$5,000 coverage. Covers all eligible dependents.
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
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 could 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.
 
Internet Explorer IconDependent 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.
Internet Explorer IconHealthcare Care Flexible Spending Account 
Employees may elect to have money withheld from their paychecks on a pretax basis to reimburse themselves for qualified healthcare expenses.

 
Other Benefits
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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 about 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
  • Free Legal & Financial Advice
 
  • Divorce or Separation
  • Homeownership Savings
 
  • Conflict at Work
  • Child & Elder Care Resources
 
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Identity Theft Recovery
 
  • Parent-child Relationship
  • Crisis Counseling
 
  • Grieving a Loss
  • Alcohol or Drug Abuse
 
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Depression
 
  • Stress and Anxiety
  • Physical or Sexual Abuse
For more information - Internet Explorer IconEmployee 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.

PEBB also offers fitness center discounts for state employees.

For more information:

Internet Explorer IconHealth Engagement Model (HEM) Program 
 
 
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:

Internet Explorer IconParking, 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 lot 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:

Internet Explorer IconSmart 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:

Internet Explorer IconOregon State Library