The following benefit descriptions provide general information about the benefits the City of Reno provides its employees. Benefits may vary by collective bargaining unit. To ask specific questions regarding coverage or plan benefits, contact the City of Reno Human Resources Benefit Division.
The City of Reno currently offers comprehensive benefits for all regular full-time employees. Regular part-time employees are provided some benefits on a pro-rated basis.
EMPLOYER PAID RETIREMENT
The City of Reno participates in the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). The City does not participate in the federal Social Security System, but does contribute to the federal Medicare program.
The City pays 100% of the premiums for employee medical, dental, and vision premiums. For dependents, the City pays a portion of the premiums (varies by employee group) with the employee providing the balance. The City offers a self-funded Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) Reno Health Plan, and a self-funded Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO) through Hometown Health. The dental plan offers both PPO and non-PPO plans through Guardian Dental Network and the vision plan is administered by Vision Service Plan (VSP).
Basic life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance is provided by the City to the employee free of charge. Additional life insurance for the employee and his/her dependents is available from Western Insurance Specialties. Payroll deduction is available.
The City of Reno provides long-term disability insurance at no charge to its employees. The plan pays 66 2/3% of monthly base salary up to a maximum of $5,000, after a waiting period of 180 days of disability. Benefits continue for up to five years if the employee is unable to perform his or her own job and continues to age 65 if the employee is disabled from all jobs.
Employees may utilize two plans, a 401(a) and 457 plan, administered by third parties, in which to set aside pre-taxed funds for retirement on a voluntary basis. Federal law sets the contribution limit and, for 2015, it is 50% of taxable income or $18,000 per year for 457 plan participants and $53,000 for 401(a) participants. The City of Reno will match 5% of the employee base salary to the plan in which the employee chooses to participate. If the employee participates in both, the match will be made to the 401(a) plan.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The City of Reno provides employees and their families access to confidential, professional counseling assistance. The program is administered by ComPsych Guidance Resources, which offers 24 hour crisis intervention and three counseling sessions per year at no charge. Additional sessions are covered under the regular group health insurance plan. Employees can call anytime for confidential assistance at (844) EAP-RENO, (844) 327-7366.
VACATION AND SICK LEAVE
Most City of Reno employees accrue Sick Leave at 4 hours per pay period and Vacation time at 4 hours per pay period. There are 26 pay periods in a calendar year. Vacation and sick leave accruals increase as service time benchmarks are reached. Some employees may accrue different leave rates based on their collective bargaining agreement.
The City of Reno observes 11 holidays through the closing of offices providing non-essential services. Holidays are paid days for regular full-time employees and pro-rated pay for regular part-time employees. Most employees also receive a paid "floating holiday" and some receive two floating holidays, depending on the collective bargaining agreement.