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Employment Benefits

Medical Insurance

The SRPMIC medical plan is a self-insured PPO plan that offers three health plans to benefit eligible employees and their families. Each plan offers different levels of coverage to provide flexibility to our employees. Employees may visit any doctor they choose but will pay less by using providers within the network. The network providers in the state of Arizona are Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and Mayo Clinic and Hospital. The network provider outside of Arizona is MultiPlan.

Low-Deductible Health Plan

This plan provides coverage once you meet an annual deductible of $500 per person for in-network services and $1,000 per person for out-of-network services. This plan requires that you pay a copay for certain services, however, copays are generally lower than the other two plans. Prescriptions may be filled at any pharmacy within the Catamaran (Walgreens) network. The medications are listed under three tiers (categories) and the amount of your copay is determined by where the medication falls within the three categories.

Mid-Deductible Health Plan

This plan provides coverage once you meet an annual deductible of $750 per person for in-network services and $1,500 per person for out-of-network services. This plan requires that you pay a copay for certain services and the copays may be higher than the Low-Deductible plan. Prescriptions may be filled at any pharmacy within the Catamaran (Walgreens) network. The medications are listed under three tiers (categories) and the amount of your copay is determined by where the medication falls within the three categories.

High-Deductible Health Plan

This plan provides coverage once you meet an annual deductible of $1,500 per person/$3,000 per family for in-network services and $3,000 per person/$6,000 per family for out-of-network services. This plan option has a higher deductible than the other medical plans; however, you are not required to pay a copay for services. In addition, this plan includes a Health Savings Account (HSA) component that helps save money and manages out-of-pocket costs. Prescriptions may be filled at any pharmacy within the Catamaran (Walgreens) network. The medications are listed under three tiers (categories) and the amount of your copay is determined by where the medication falls within the three categories; however, under this plan, the deductible will apply to prescription drugs before the copays kick in.

Dental Insurance

The SRPMIC contracts with Humana Dental to provide a comprehensive dental plan for eligible employees and their families. The plan allows employees to select their own dentist; however in-network dentists provide services at discounted rates.

Vision Insurance

The SRPMIC offers vision care to all eligible employees and their dependents. Services are available from any vision care provider of your choosing. The plan covers exams, frames, and lenses (or contact lenses) subject to an annual deductible of $25 per person. The plan provides an annual benefit of $300 per person.

Vision coverage requires enrollment in the Medical plan.

Life Insurance

The SRPMIC provides both basic and optional life insurance plans to all benefit-eligible employees.

Basic Life and AD&D

All eligible employees are automatically enrolled in a fully paid, basic term life insurance policy with a matching accidental death benefit. The amount of coverage is equal to two times an employee's salary, rounded up to the nearest $1,000. There is a maximum benefit of $200,000 per employee. Employees may elect to purchase basic dependent life insurance for their spouse and dependent children. Spouse coverage is $5,000 and dependent children are covered at $2,500 each.

Optional/Supplemental Life and AD&D

All eligible employees have the option to purchase supplemental term life insurance, as well as a voluntary accidental death benefit (AD&D). The amount of coverage is in $10,000 increments up to a maximum of 5 times their annual salary or $200,000. The amount of coverage for the voluntary AD&D is in $10,000 increments to a maximum of 10 times their annual salary or $500,000.

Employees may elect to purchase supplemental life insurance for a spouse and/or children. The amount of coverage for a spouse is in $5,000 increments up to a maximum of $100,000 or 50% of the employee's coverage amount. The amount of coverage for dependent children (ages from live birth/14 days to 26 years old) is $500 for children under 15 days and $5,000 or $10,000 for children over 15 days old.

Flexible Spending Accounts

The SRPMIC contracts with ASI to administer flexible spending accounts (FSA) for all eligible employees. These accounts allow employees to pay for out-of-pocket health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. The maximum amount an employee can contribute for 2013 is $2,500 for the Health Care FSA and $5,000 for the Dependent Care FSA.

Retirement

401(k) Plan

The SRPMIC provides a 401(k) retirement savings plan to all eligible employees and contributes 5% of gross wages (pre-tax) regardless of whether the employee contributes. In addition, employees have the opportunity to contribute between 1% and 95% of their pay on a pre-tax basis (subject to IRS limits) without a waiting period. Employees are 100% vested in their own contributions and SRPMIC contributions vest at a rate of 20% per year of service. The plan is managed by Wells Fargo and offers a variety of investment options.

Employees participating in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) are eligible on a limited basis.

Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS)

In accordance with Arizona State Statute, all eligible Salt River High School employees participate in this plan in addition to Social Security. Membership in the ASRS program provides employees with a retirement pension based upon the number of years of service and compensation while participating in the plan.

For more information, visit the Arizona State Retirement System web site.

Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS)

In accordance with Arizona State Statute, all eligible public safety employees participate in this plan in addition to Social Security. This includes certified police officers and firefighters, but not correction officers. Membership in the PSPRS program provides public safety employees with a retirement pension based upon the number of years of service and compensation while participating in the plan.

For more information, visit the Public Safety Retirement System web site.

Leave Time

Sick Leave

Sick leave accruals begin on the employee's first day of employment. Full-time regular employees accrue sick leave at a rate of 4.6 hours per pay period. Employees with a 56-hour work week accrue sick leave at a rate of 6.44 hours. Sick leave may be used for the employee's illness or for the illness of an immediate family member.

Annual Leave

Annual Leave accrual for all regular employees will be based upon the employee's length of service and accrues at the following rates:

Annual Leave Accrual Rates Per Pay Period
Years of Service Regular Full-Time Firefighter (56 hr) Part-Time (30 hr) Part-Time (20 hr)
0 – 3 years, 11 months 4.6 6.44 3.45 2.3
4 – 6 years, 11 months 5.6 7.84 4.2 2.8

Disability

This program provides salary protection when an employee cannot work because of an accident, illness, or pregnancy. Short Term Disability coverage becomes effective after the employee has been unable to work for 14 calendar days. The plan will replace 70% of base weekly earnings up to a maximum of $1,500/week. The maximum duration that an employee may utilize Short Term Disability Insurance is 168 days. Long Term Disability coverage becomes effective after 180 days and will replace 60% of base weekly earnings up to a maximum of $6,000 per month.

Holidays

The SRPMIC provides 13 paid holidays as follows:

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • SRPMIC Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Native American Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Two discretionary holidays as designated by Council