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August 21, 2014

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Library Careers : Employee Benefits

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Understanding Employee Benefits

Who Do Benefits Cover?

Library benefit packages cover:


  • employees
  • their spouse/domestic partner
  • eligible dependents
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Benefits amount to more than 30 percent of a base salary and usually begin the first day of the month following the first date of employment.


Choosing a Health Plan

Medical: Four healthcare plans are available:


  • Group Health - Standard and Deductible
  • City of Seattle - Preventive*
  • City of Seattle - Traditional*
    * These plans are administered by Aetna Insurance.

Eligible employees pay a percentage of the monthly premium for their plan.


Dental: Coverage is through Washington Dental Service or Dental Health Services.


Vision: The Vision Services Plan (VSP) is provided regardless of which medical plan is chosen.


Other Insurance: The Library provides basic long-term disability insurance and shares the cost of basic group term life insurance (both can be supplemented by the employee). Employee-paid accidental death and dismemberment insurance is also available.


Health Care Flexible Spending Account: Employees may set aside a maximum of $5,000 pre-tax annually to pay for eligible out-of-pocket health care expenses


How Investment/Retirement Benefits Work

Employee Retirement System: Most employees will contribute 8.03 percent of their salaries and will be matched by the Library contribution rate of 8.03 percent. Length of employment, salary and age determine retirement income.


Deferred Compensation: This tax-deferred savings plan lets employees save up to 50% of their yearly income (subject to IRS annual limitations) to supplement retirement funds.


Personal Benefits You Should Know About

Employee Assistance: Provides professional, confidential counseling to assist employees with personal or work-related problems.


Commute Trip Reduction: The City's Employee Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Program encourages employees to use alternatives to driving alone to work. Employees who ride the bus, train, ferry or participate in a carpool or vanpool are eligible for a $81 per month City transit subsidy.


Vacation: Most employees receive 13 days per year for the first five years, with increases based on length of service. (Librarians and other professional staff received 22 days per year for the first ten years.)


Sick Leave: Eligible employees accumulate up to 12 days per year.


Holidays: Most employees receive 12 per year (10 plus 2 personal days).


Learn More About Family Benefits

Dependent Care Assistance: Employees may set aside a maximum of $5,000 pre-tax annually to pay employment-related dependent care costs.


Long Term Care: Coverage is available to you and your eligible family members and covers services such as skilled, intermediate and custodial nursing home care.