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The information provided here is for you to better understand what to expect on your first day and to help make your first week go smoothly. You might want to start with our Employee Resources Guide; it's got a lot of information about our organization and what it means to work for us.
Before you start work at OPRD, there are a few things you can do to make your first day run smoothly.
First Day FormsYou will complete and submit many forms on your first day. Check the candidate profile you set up when you applied for the job to complete key information you’ll need for your first day.
Here are some tips to be prepared:
You will be met by your manager or a designated person on your first day. If you work in Salem headquarters, expect to have your picture taken for the internal employee directory and badge (as applicable), so be photo ready. If you work in a field location, you’ll be issued your uniform on your first day.
Don't forget to bring the appropriate identification for the I-9 form and a voided check for direct deposit.
A lot of your first day will be familiarizing yourself to your new surroundings, co-workers and colleagues.
Here are some tips to make your first day the best it can be:
Oregon state government offers its employees generous compensation, a range of benefits, and rights. Employees have options when it comes to choosing a plan for core benefits such as a medical plan. The state also offers a variety of optional benefits, flexible spending accounts, retirement benefits and paid leave options.
The benefits listed are based on an eligibility determination. OPRD Payroll can help you determine if you are eligible.
PaycheckPaychecks are issued twice a month (generally on the first of the month and mid-month). Specifics of your appointment will determine how often you will receive a paycheck.
Direct DepositAvailable through most bank and credit unions. Current State of Oregon employees that use direct deposit can access their paystub information online.
SalarySalaries for each classification are determined through the applicable collective bargaining process or Department of Administrative Service compensation policy. Salary ranges are associated with certain classifications and have multiple rates or ‘steps’. Talk to your manager or Human Resources contact for more information.
The benefits package for OPRD employees includes medical, dental, and vision insurance for the employee and their family. There are several plans to choose from at minimal or no cost to employees. It also includes a $5,000 basic life insurance coverage paid by the state.
For full plan information go to: Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB)
OPRD employees are part of the programs administered through the Public Employees Retirement System. Your eligibility is defined by the program and your hire date. There’s nothing for you to do to sign up.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)The Cascade Centers Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers information and resources to help today's busy people keep their minds on work. Services to OPRD employees include work-life counseling, along with homeowner, legal and family resources. It is a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL benefit. The EAP provides professional counselors that can guide you over the phone or in office visits.
For more information: Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Smart Commuter ProgramThe Department of Administrative Services (DAS) 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 LibraryResources 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
The Oregon Savings Growth Plan gives you an opportunity to put away more money toward retirement if you choose. It allows voluntary contributions from $25 up to $18,000 per year on a pretax basis; this dollar amount changes depending on the option you choose.
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