Employee benefits are mandatory and discretionary available to full-time UG employees who are not otherwise covered by the bargaining unit contract. Select link to view 2021 Health Insurance Rates.(PDF, 157KB)

For more information, please contact Human Resources.

View the New Employee Assistance Program provider: New Directions Flyer(PDF, 394KB)

HR Benefits Handout(PDF, 11MB)


Full-time employees accrue and accumulate vacation time for each minimum month worked but shall not be eligible to use accrued time until successful completion of the probationary period. (10) days are earned at the completion of the first year.


Full-time employees accrue sick leave time at the rate of 1 day (8) hours for each minimum month of service.


The Unified Government observes (11) holidays: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President's Day, Spring Holiday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, and Christmas Day.

Personal Days:

Each year up to (3) days of sick time may be converted to personal time off. If not used, the time remains in the employee's sick leave bank.

Medical Plans:

Employees are offered two competitive medical insurance plans through United Healthcare. One is a POS plan and the other is a High Deductible Health Plan with a Health Savings Account. Pharmacy benefits are included. Below are the two plans:
UHC Traditional Plan(PDF, 500KB)
High Deductible Health Plan(PDF, 494KB)

Dental Coverage:

Employees are offered a dental plan through Delta Dental of Kansas. The plan includes diagnostic, preventive, basic, major, and orthodontia coverage. Here is the Delta Plan.(PDF, 350KB)

Vision Benefit:

Employees are offered a routine vision plan with Eyemed. The plan allows for an annual routine eye exam and a benefit for eyeglasses or contact lenses. Here is the Eyemed Summary of Benefits.(PDF, 1MB)

Life Insurance:

Employees are offered a $10,000 Life and $10,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment policy at no cost. Additional optional coverage may be purchased for the employee, spouse and dependents. Here is the Standard Life Summary of Benefits.(PDF, 52KB)

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. We also offer a limited purpose FSA for those on the High Deductible Plan with the Health Savings Account.

Deferred Compensation:

  • 457 Plan – The 457 plan is a retirement savings plan and investment vehicle with tax-advantages administered by ICMA-RC. Contributions, either before tax or after-tax, limited by IRS regulations, can be made to your 457 plan during employment and can generally be started, stopped or changed at any time. Earnings on contributions are not subject to taxes until they are withdrawn. Any contributions are invested in mutual funds and the account value is based upon the contributions and subsequent investment returns. Upon separation or retirement, the funds and earnings can be withdrawn regardless of the reason or years of service and there is not a 10% penalty even if you are under 59 and ½. All survivor benefits will be left to a beneficiary or beneficiaries that the employee will designate.
  • 457 Plan Loan – Borrowing from your 457 plan administered through ICMA-RC is available. IRS regulations allow you to typically borrow up to 50% of your account balance up to $50,000, with a minimum loan amount of $1,000. Loans must be paid back within (5) years by automatic bank account transfer (ACH) and a fixed interest rate is applied to the length of the loan term. There is a one-time loan origination fee to request a loan and on-going annual fees that typically apply.
  • Payroll Roth IRA – The Payroll IRA is offered through ICMA-RC where contributions, limited by IRS regulations, can be payroll deducted and used for a variety of savings goals from retirement, education, emergencies and more. The Payroll IRA is a flexible savings vehicle that allows different investment options than the 457 plan, tax-free earnings potential and complements a savings strategy with the 457 plan.


The Unified Government participates in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System and the Kansas Police and Firemen's Retirement System.

Direct Deposit:

Employees may elect up to three different accounts to have payroll directly deposited.


If elected, parking is available in municipal lots and collected through payroll pre-tax deduction.

United Way:

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 New Directions Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can help with just about any problem a person might face, including:

  • Reduce stress
  • Adjust to a life change
  • Improve relationships
  • Lead others
  • Care for loved ones
  • Navigate the legal system
  • Balance finances
  • Live healthier

New Employee Assistance Program provider: New Directions Flyer(PDF, 394KB)