The Employee and Retiree Benefits unit manages the mandatory and discretionary benefits available to full-time UG employees who are not otherwise covered by a bargaining unit contract.
For more information, please contact Human Resources.
Vacation Vacation is earned at the rate of 11 days per year and prorated for the first year. Accrued vacation time may be used after completing one year of service. The accrual increases based on years of service.
Full-time employees accrue sick leave time at the rate of 1.25 days (10 hours) for each minimum month of service. Eligible employees may sell back up to 5 sick days per year in exchange for cash if budget is available.
The Unified Government observes 11 holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, and Christmas Day.
Each year up to three days of sick time may be converted to personal time off. If not used, the time remains in the employee's sick leave bank.
Employees are offered a competitive medical insurance plan through United Healthcare. Pharmacy benefits are included.
The Unified Government offers a dental plan through Delta Dental of Kansas. Employees may choose between individual coverage and family coverage.
Discover Vision Centers provides the vision benefit. Three locations are in Wyandotte County. Benefits include a routine vision exam once every 12 months with a $10 co-pay. If glasses are needed, there is a $20 co-pay for a complete set of lenses and frames (frames valued at $100). A contact lenses benefit is available in lieu of spectacle lenses and a frame which allows an allowance of $125.00 towards the purchase of contact lenses over a two year period.
Each employee receives $10,000 of Group Term Life Insurance and $10,000 of Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance at no charge. Additional coverage may be purchased for the employee and dependents.
Flexible Spending Plans
Medical, dental and vision premiums are automatically deducted from payroll on a pre-taxed basis unless the employee elects otherwise. This means the premium is subtracted from gross pay before federal, state and social security taxes are calculated. Taxes never have to be paid for these insurance premiums. Flexible spending plans are available for unreimbursed medical expenses and dependent care expenses and follow IRS Section 125 regulations.
Payroll deduction is available for a deferred compensation election. The current 457 plan is with ICMA-RC. Deferral amounts follow IRS regulations. Funds remain in the account until qualifying retirement or separation of employment.
The Unified Government participates in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System and the Kansas Police and Firemen's Retirement System. Both the employee and the employer contribute to this defined benefit plan where upon retirement the monthly benefit is based on final average salary.
Employees may elect up to two different accounts to have payroll directly deposited.
If elected, parking is available in municipal lots and collected through payroll pre-tax deduction.
U.S. Savings Bonds
Payroll deduction is available for the purchase of U.S. Savings Bonds.
The Unified Government supports our local community by participating in the United Way of Wyandotte County campaign each year. Employees may elect to contribute through payroll deduction.
Employee Assistance Program
Confidential and professional help is available 24 hours a day to employees and members of their household. The Care 24 Employee Assistance Program can help with just about any problem a person might face, including:
Drug and alcohol concerns
Physical or emotional abuse
Depression and loneliness
Loss of a friend or family member
Financial and legal referrals
Call United Health Care 24 at 1-888-887-4114 to arrange a confidential appointment. Should you need additional information regarding the Care 24 EAP program, please contact United Healthcare at myuhc.com or Human Resources at 913-573-5660.