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Employee Benefits Summary

The City of Laguna Woods offers a comprehensive set of employee benefits as described below. Where indicated, benefits are offered to full-time (40 or more hours per week), part-time (20 or more hours per week), and/or limited part-time (less than 20 hours per week) employees.

California Public Employees’ Retirement System (“CalPERS”) Retirement

Full-time and part-time employees are enrolled in either a “classic” (2% at 55) or “new/PEPRA” (2% at 62) CalPERS retirement program based on eligibility. Classic members pay a 7% employee contribution from salary. New/PEPRA members pay employee contributions from salary at rates established by CalPERS (8% for fiscal years 2023-24 and 2024-25), as may change from time-to-time.

Social Security and Medicare

Full-time, part-time, and limited part-time employees pay a combined 7.65% from salary toward Social Security and Medicare, as may change from time-to-time. For full-time and part-time employees, these contributions are in addition to the employee contributions for CalPERS retirement.

Monthly Benefit Allowance

The City provides a monthly benefit allowance to full-time and part-time employees. Monthly benefit allowances can be applied toward health, dental, and/or vision insurance, as well as health and/or dependent care flexible spending accounts up to legal maximums. Employees hired prior to January 1, 2019 may elect to receive up to $500 per month as taxable compensation. Any amount of the monthly benefit allowance that remains after benefit elections is forfeited.

Health Insurance

The City offers health insurance through CalPERS. More information on specific plan offerings and rates is available by clicking here. Employees who elect not to obtain health insurance through CalPERS must provide proof of coverage under an alternate non-individual market basic health insurance plan that qualifies as “minimum essential coverage” under California law.

Dental Insurance

The City offers dental insurance through Delta Dental.

Vision Insurance

The City offers vision insurance through VSP Vision Care.

Deferred Compensation

Full-time, part-time, and limited part-time employees may contribute a portion of their salary to the City’s MissionSquare Retirement (formerly ICMA-RC) 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.

Paid Time Off

Full-time and part-time employees earn paid time off throughout each calendar year, on a per pay period basis. Paid time off may be used for vacation, sick leave, or other purposes.

Limited part-time employees earn 40 hours of paid time off per calendar year, for use during the same calendar year, after the first 90 calendar days of employment and every January 1 thereafter. Paid time off may not be accrued or carried over between or across calendar years. Use of paid time off is limited to certain specified purposes and must occur in a minimum increment of two hours per calendar day.

Paid Holidays

Full-time employees are paid for 10 single-day holidays plus an extended winter holiday.

Part-time employees are paid for 11 single-day holidays.

Floating Holidays

Full-time and part–time employees receive two floating holidays per calendar year that must be used during the same calendar year. Floating holidays are earned during the first pay period of each calendar year. Part-time employees must use both floating holidays between December 24 and December 31.

Paid Bereavement Leave

Full-time and part-time employees are eligible for up to 40 hours of paid bereavement leave per 12-month period. Paid bereavement leave may be used after qualifying deaths or reproductive loss events.

Paid Court Leave

Full-time and part-time employees are eligible for paid court leave that may be used when called to serve on a jury, appear as a witness in court other than as a litigant, or for other qualifying purposes.

Employee Assistance Program

Full-time, part-time, and limited part-time employees may obtain voluntary, confidential assistance in working through various life challenges that may adversely affect job performance, health, and personal well-being through Aetna Resources for Living. The Employee Assistance Program is offered free of charge.

Additional Allowances

When applicable, full-time, part-time, and limited part-time employees may receive a technology allowance of either $25 or $79.50 per month, and a notary public stipend of $100 per month.

Note: The City Manager receives benefits as set forth in his employment agreement.

All benefits are subject to change.