Employment Benefits

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The City of Maryland Heights strives to provide all employees with fair management, competitive salaries, good benefits, opportunities for personal growth and a safe and pleasant workplace. The city provides permanent, full-time employees these benefits:

Group Medical Insurance
The city provides medical insurance for employees through United HealthCare (UHC) Coverage is effective on the first day of employment. The city pays 100% of employee premium and 50% of the premium for dependent coverage. Employee premiums are paid through payroll deduction.

Group Dental Insurance
The city provides employees with a dental PPO. Coverage begins on the first day of the month following the hire date. The city pays 100% of the employee premium and employees pay for dependent coverage. Employee premiums are paid through payroll deduction.

Group Life Insurance
The city provides life insurance for employees equal to two times their annualized base earnings. Accidental death and dismemberment insurance is provided at the same rate.

Group Long Term Disability Insurance
The city provides a long-term disability policy that assures salary continuation of two-thirds of the employees base pay after a 90-day elimination period.

Retirement Plan
After the completion of six months of service, employees participate in a non-contributory defined benefit retirement plan administered by the Missouri Local Government Retirement System (MOLAGERS). Employees are 100% vested in LAGERS after five years of service.

Deferred Compensation
Employees may choose to make contributions for retirement savings on a pre-tax basis to a traditional 457 plan or on an after-tax basis to the Roth 457 Plan managed by ICMA Retirement Corporation.

Tuition Reimbursement Program
Upon completion of the probationary period, employees are eligible for reimbursement of tuition and mandatory fees for professional development. To qualify for reimbursement, employees must be enrolled in a course at an educational institution accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, obtain a minimum grade of “C” or “Pass”, and obtain advance approval of all courses.

Longevity Pay
Employees who complete 48 months or more of continuous service receive $7 for each full month of full-time employment as of Nov. 30 of the respective year; longevity payments are paid in a lump sum each December.

The city provides employees nine paid holidays annually. In order to receive a paid holiday, an employee must have worked the day before and the day after the holiday(s) or have been given approved leave.

Personal Day
After successfully completing six months of employment, employees will receive one personal day per year. With approval, employees may use personal leave at any time during the year that it is given.

Police officers and police dispatchers accrue 80 hours of holiday and personal leave annually. With approval, this leave can be taken at any time during the year.

Employees accrue annual leave based on the following schedule. Vacation accrues to a maximum of 240 hours. Upon separation from the city, employees are paid for unused vacation leave.

 Years of Service
Days Accrued Per Year
 <5  10
 5-9  15
 10-19  20

Sick Leave
Employees accrue sick leave at the rate of 3.69 hours per bi-weekly pay period or a maximum of 96 hours per year. Employees may use sick leave for their own illness and medical appointments or to care for a family member during illness. Sick leave may accrue to a maximum of 960 hours.

Wellness Program
On a voluntary basis, employees may earn points during the year for participating in a variety of activities to improve and maintain their health. Points are totaled and bonuses of between $25 and $200 are awarded in December of each year.

Wellness Incentive
Employees who have taken no sick leave in the previous calendar year may receive an additional day of personal leave. Additional days may be earned as more hours of sick leave are accrued and no sick leave time has been taken in the previous year.

Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers assessments, problem-solving counseling and referrals to resources or treatment providers. This service is offered at no cost to employees. Services provided by the EAP are strictly confidential.

Bereavement Leave
Employees may be granted up to three days of paid leave to attend the funeral and related memorial services of immediate family members.

Military Reserve Leave of Absence
Employees who are members of a reserve component of the armed forces are eligible for a leave of absence from their jobs. The city may supplement the pay of employees on qualifying military leave for up to two years.

Occupational Injury or Illness Leave
Employees who suffer an occupational injury or illness that leaves them unable to work are eligible to have their pay supplemented by the city for up to 90 days.

Pandemic Influenza Leave
Employees may be eligible to receive up to 80 hours of leave for absences related to pandemic influenza illness. All paid leave must first be exhausted before pandemic leave can be used.