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BENEFITS

Use the table of contents below to help guide you through Renton's benefit webpage.  Just click on the link to be directed to additional information about that particular benefit:

BENEFITS SUMMARY SHEETS         
           
 AFSCME Benefits Summary        
           
 Non-Represented Benefits Summary              
          
 Fire Benefits Summary
          
 Police Commissioned Benefits Summary 
         
   Police Non-Commissioned Benefits Summary 
HEALTH AND WELL-BEING
          Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance          
          Monthly Insurance Rates and COBRA Rates         
          Flexible Benefits 
          Employee Wellness Program 
          Employee Assistance Program

LIFE PLANNING AND INVESTMENTS 
          Deferred Compensation Program
          Life Insurance
          Long Term Disability Protection
          Retirement Plan 

FINANCIAL BENEFITS
          Credit Union
          Holidays     
          Hours of Work
          Longevity Incentive Pay
          Paydays
          Sick Leave
          Vacation

TRANSPORTATION BENEFITS
          Commuting Options
          Parking


Benefits Summary Sheets

The following documents summarize the available employee benefits per the applicable bargaining unit.  These summary sheets are printable versions of the benefit information listed on this webpage.

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Health and Well-Being

Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance

Employees are offered a choice of medical/vision coverage through either the City's self-insured plan or Group Health Cooperative.  The City pays the majority of the premium for Medical/Vision and Dental coverage for all regular employees and their eligible dependents.  The dental insurance plan covers such services as regular checkups, x-rays, fillings and crowns to an annual maximum of $1,600.  A lifetime maximum of $1,250 is also provided for orthodontia coverage.

 Benefit Provider Websites:

Monthly Insurance Rates and COBRA Rates

The following documents contain the medical/vision/dental insurance rates as well as the COBRA rates.


Flexible Spending Account

The Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows employees to set aside funds on a pre-tax basis for reimbursement of healthcare or dependent care expenses.


Employee Wellness Program

The City of Renton Employee Wellness (CREW) has the following resources available to establish and maintain a healthy lifestyle:

  • Exercise at no cost at various City facilities 
  • Receive a 50% discount on wellness classes at the Renton Community Center
  • Annual Wellness Fair includes free flu shots and an assortment of screenings for regular employees
  • Monthly lunch and learn opportunities on a variety of health topics

Employee Assistance Program

A confidential counseling assessment and referral service is available without cost to regular benefited employees and family members for help with personal, family or job related problems.  Click on the link to view the First Choice Employee Assistance Program webpage.


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Life Planning and Investments

Deferred Compensation Program - 457 Plan

The City offers a deferred compensation program in which employees may set aside a percentage of their earnings on a tax-deferred basis for retirement purposes.  The City contributes a percentage of base wage into the deferred compensation plan per the applicable labor contract.  Click on the link below to learn more information about the deferred compensation program:

Life Insurance

A group term life insurance policy is provided to each employee at a value equivalent to the annual salary, up to $50,000, unless otherwise specified in the applicable labor contract.  Employees represented by the Renton Firefighters Local 864, Battalion Chief/Safety Officer, and Police Officers’ Guild are provided with a group term life insurance policy equivalent to the annual salary rounded to the nearest $1,000. Each eligible dependent is also provided with a $1,000 policy. There is no cost to the employee.  Additional life insurance is available for employees and their dependents at the group rates according to age bands.  Employees may apply for additional life insurance upon hire or during open enrollment.


Long Term Disability Protection

Many employees are provided with a long term disability policy up to the equivalent of 60% of their salary, as specified in the applicable labor contract.


Retirement Plan

All eligible employees must establish membership in the State of Washington Department of Retirement Systems.  Both the employee and employer contribute to the plan.  Eligible employees participate in one of the retirement systems administered by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS) as listed below:

 

PLAN NAME CITY OF RENTON ELIGIBLE POSITIONS
Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): The majority of retirement-eligible, regular positions with the City of Renton, such as Maintenance Worker, Civil Engineer, etc.

             PERS Plan 1

Employees who established membership before October 1, 1977.

             PERS Plan 2

Employees who established membership on or after October 1, 1977 and before September 1, 2002, and have not transferred to Plan 3; or on or after September 1, 2002 and chose Plan 2.

             PERS Plan 3

Employees who were employed and established membership on or after October 1, 1977 and before September 1, 2002 and transferred to Plan 3; or on or after September 1, 2002 and chose Plan 3.
LEOFF Plan 1 Full-time law enforcement officers and firefighters who were employed and established membership before October 1, 1977, are covered by LEOFF Plan 1.
LEOFF Plan 2 Full-time law enforcement officers and firefighters who were employed and established membership on or after October 1, 1977, are covered by LEOFF Plan 2. 
Public Safety Employees Retirement System (PSERS) Employees in pre-defined public safety occupations, such as Correctional Officer.

 

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Financial Benefits

Credit Union

An independent employee credit union, Qualstar, provides a full range of services to City employees. 


Holidays

There are ten paid holidays and two personal holidays per year, unless otherwise specified in the applicable labor contract.  Click on the link to view Renton's 2014 Holiday Schedule

Hours of Work

The normal work week is 40 hours, Monday through Friday. Some positions require working weekends, shifts, holidays or overtime.  Flexible work schedules are available in many departments.


Longevity Incentive Pay

Unless otherwise specified in the applicable labor agreement, regular employees are entitled to receive longevity incentive pay at the completion of 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of continuous service.  Longevity incentive pay is established by the City Council, unless otherwise specified in the applicable labor agreement.  The Chief Administrative Officer, Administrators, Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs are not eligible for longevity incentive pay. 


Paydays

The City of Renton pays employees on the tenth and the twenty-fifth of each month (24 pay periods each year).  Paychecks are deposited directly to the employee's checking or savings account.


Sick Leave

Unless otherwise specified in the applicable labor agreement, upon employment an employee receives a sick leave bank of 24 hours, with an additional 24 hours awarded after three months of service. At completion of six full months of employment the employee shall accrue sick leave at the rate of 8 hours per month (4 hours per pay period).


Vacation

Unless otherwise specified in the applicable labor agreement, employees accrue vacation beginning with the first day of employment as follows:

 

 Length of Service

 Monthly Accrual

 Hours per Year

0 through 5 years 8 hours 96 hours
6 through 10 years 12 hours 144 hours
11 through 15 years 14 hours 168 hours
16 through 20 years 16 hours 192 hours
21 through subsequent 18 hours 216 hours

 

 

 

 

 


Beginning with the pay period following six months of service, eligible employees will have 52 hours of vacation posted to their vacation balance.

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Transportation Benefits


Commuting Options

Regular, benefits-eligible full-time and part-time City of Renton employees may receive a complementary employer-paid ORCA card.  The City of Renton provides this to regular employees to achieve goals set forth in the State of Washington Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law.  The CTR Law is aimed at reducing drive alone commuting in order to reduce traffic congestion, reduce fossil fuel consumption, and improve air quality. Click on the link to learn more about the ORCA card.

Transportation Benefits include:

  • Unlimited rides on the following transit systems: Community Transit, Everett Transit, King County Metro Transit, Kitsap Transit, Pierce Transit, and Sound Transit.
  • 100% monthly VanPool or VanShare subsidy.
  • Home Free Guarantee - If an emergency arises on a day an employee has bused, walked, biked, carpooled, vanpooled, or ridden the train to work, a taxi ride home will be provided to them at no charge to a maximum of eight times per year.
  • Carpoolers may register to receive a special parking pass for the “P” parking level.  Carpoolers may also receive commuter vouchers to reward them for their carpooling habits (while supplies last).Carpool Subsidy & Carpool Parking Permit.
  • Bicycle commuters and those who walk to work are welcome to use the locker and shower facilities at many city work sites.  In addition, there are bicycle racks at many city buildings.  Bicyclists and those who walk to work may also receive commuter vouchers (while supplies last) to reward them for their “green” commute.

Parking

On site parking is available for employees working in City Hall.


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