The city believes it must protect and support its employees by offering competitive pay and benefits.
Although a particular benefit plan or program may not have the same value to every employee, together, they are intended to provide a comprehensive set of balanced offerings which satisfy the overall needs of city employees.
Vacation, holidays and absences
Vacation is accrued each pay period, based on length of service. Accrued vacation may be carried over from year to year with a limit of two times the annual rate.
|Length of Service||Accrual rate per pay period*||Annual accrual|
|0-4 years||3.08 hours||80 hours (10 days)|
|5-11 years||4.62 hours||120 hours (15 days)|
|12-19 years||6.16 hours||160 hours (20 days)|
|20 years||7.70 hours||200 hours (25 days)|
*Accrual rate based on a 26 pay period schedule for those employees working a 40-hour workweek schedule. This table is not applicable to those employees working a 24-hour shift.
|Length of Service||Accrual rate per pay period*||Annual accrual|
|0-4 years||5.54 hours||144 hours (6 days)|
|After 4 years||6.47 hours||168 hours (7 days)|
|After 9 years||7.39 hours||192 hours (8 days)|
|After 14 years||8.31 hours||216 hours (9 days)|
|After 19 years||9.24 hours||240 hours (10 days)|
|After 24 years or more||10.16 hours||264 hours (11 days)|
*Accrual rate based on a 26 pay period schedule for those employees working a 24-hour shift schedule. This table is not applicable to those employees working a 40-hour workweek schedule.
The city recognizes the following paid holidays each year:
- New Year's Day
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day and the day after
- Christmas Day
In addition to these city observed holidays, full-time employees are granted three paid personal holidays each year.
Leaves of absence
- Personal illness or illness of an immediate family member - Sick leave is accrued at a rate of 3.7 hours per pay period (for employees working a 40-hour workweek schedule) with a maximum accrual of 96 hours per year. Unused sick leave may be accumulated year-to-year without limits.
- Jury duty or death of immediate family members is paid
- Short-term military service - Employees receive pay equal to the difference between their regular pay and military pay up to 10 working days per year.
Short-term disability benefits go into effect when an employee is unable to work due to an illness or injury.
Off-the-job illness/injury: Once an employee reaches regular status, he/she will receive 60 percent of his/her base salary beginning with the 91st day of disability. Employees continue to receive this benefit through the 180th day of disability. Beginning on the 181st day, an employee may be eligible to receive benefits provided by Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) or Social Security.
On-the-job illness/injury: During the first 180 calendar days, employees receive 100 percent of their salary, offset by any Workers' Compensation benefits received. Beginning on the 181st day of disability, an employee may be eligible to receive benefits provided by Workers' Compensation, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) or Social Security.
Voluntary short-term disability insurance provides coverage until the employee becomes covered by one of the city's disability plans. During the first 90 days off, the employee will receive 60 percent of his/her base monthly salary, should he/she become sick or injured (including maternity leave) and not able to work. Waiting periods are applicable before benefit payments begin. Employees must exhaust all accrued sick leave before they are eligible for benefit payments under each plan.
Long-term disability benefits are provided by KPERS. If approved, an employee will receive 60 percent of his/her monthly base salary beginning with the 181st day of disability. This benefit may continue until age 65 or retirement.
Full-time employees in non-probationary positions may qualify for reimbursement for educational expenses including tuition, fees and books for credit and non-credit classes taken at accredited colleges, universities, community colleges, trade or vocational schools. The annual reimbursement limit is $2,500 for undergraduate classes and $3000 for graduate-level classes, with a limit of nine credit hours per term.
Flexible Benefits Plans
The city's flexible benefits plans allow full-time employees to buy health and dental coverage and/or contribute to an unreimbursed medical expense account or a dependent care expense account through payroll deductions pre-tax (before federal, state and social security taxes are withheld).
These comprehensive life insurance plans are available for employees and their dependents. The city pays all of the cost of this coverage for the employee.
Coverage goes into effect the first day of the month following the date of hire.
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Term life insurance coverage in the amount of 2 1/2 times annual salary, rounded to the next higher $1,000 with a maximum of $200,000, is provided free. Additional coverage for spouses and dependents is available, if elected and paid for by the individual employee.
Long-term Care Insurance Plan
This city-provided benefit provides a base plan of financial protection for care at home or in a facility when the employee is not able to perform at least two daily living activities (i.e., eating, bathing, dressing, continence, transferring or toileting).
The base plan pays a facility benefit of $1,000 per month for up to three years or $500 a month for professional home care up to six years. Other benefit options are available on a voluntary basis, and your immediate family members (spouse, parents, grandparents, and your spouses parents and grandparents) also may purchase this plan.
This voluntary program includes a Health and Fitness Assessment (a series of tests) designed to help employees understand their health status and identify risk factors that may be related to future illness or injury. Free assessment tests are performed annually at several city facilities.
Family members also are eligible to participate in this program for a discounted cost.
Additional Benefits (not all inclusive)
- Activities and Recreation Program, an employee organization, sponsors and organizes charitable events as well as entertainment and recreational opportunities.
- Employee Assistance Program is designed to provide employees and their families with assistance in dealing with personal issues.
- Service Award Program provides recognition and rewards to employees every five years for completion of continuous service. (Full-time and Part-time employees only)