Our benefit package is strong, and driven by our commitment to provide comprehensive, affordable health insurance for our employees and their families. We design our benefit package to be flexible, so employees can choose the benefit package that best suits their needs. Employees who work a regular schedule of at least 20 hours per week are eligible for health benefits.
MEDICAL, DENTAL AND VISION INSURANCE
For full-time employees, we pay 85 to 100 percent of the average premium for our comprehensive group medical and dental insurance plans for employees and their family members depending on the number of persons they choose to cover. Employees with other coverage may elect to waive medical and/or dental coverage and instead receive a monthly deposit to either a Flexible Spending Account for dependent/child care costs or a Health Reimbursement Account for out-of-pocket medical, dental and vision expenses. Part-time employees receive pro-rated benefits contributions.
LIFE AND DISABILITY INSURANCE
We also provide other benefits, such as a $48,000 term life insurance policy and a long-term disability policy. Employees may choose to purchase additional life and disability insurance.
Employees may, at their option, purchase additional life or long-term disability insurance, dependent life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance and, short-term disability coverage.
RETIREMENT AND SAVINGS PLANS
Eligible employees participate in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) a defined benefit retirement plan managed by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems. The plan is funded by a combination of employer and employee contributions.
In addition, we offer a choice of three 457 Deferred Compensation retirement plans that allow individuals to set aside a portion of their income for retirement on a tax deferred basis. These plans are similar to 401-K plans offered by for-profit employers.
We provide a continuing education allowance and paid time off for training so employees can pursue their professional goals and take responsibility for career advancement by learning new skills.
PAID TIME OFF
We offer generous paid time off, with “general leave” that begins with 18 days per year for eligible full-time employees and increases to 31 days per year after 25 years of service. “General leave” is used for vacation, personal appointments, minor illnesses, etc. For longer term illnesses, injury or pregnancy, we also provide 6 days of “extended leave” per year.
In addition, we have 11 paid holidays per year, including the day after Thanksgiving and a personal floating holiday.
We offer bereavement leave, all state and federally mandated leaves such as Family Medical Leave, Military leave, and other leave categories that help our employees manage significant life events.