Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits

The following is a summary of benefits as of October 1, 2015; please see the official Policy and Procedures manual for the City of Stafford or contact Human Resources for a more complete description of each benefit. These benefits apply to all full-time personnel employed by the City of Stafford.

For a PDF version of the City of Stafford's Summary of Benefits, Click Here.

Insurance

To view the Summary Plan Description for insurance benefits, Click Here.

The City offers medical insurance to its full time employees. The employee monthly deductions for the plan are listed below. There is presently no waiting period for an employee and their dependents to be covered.

  • Employee Only - $0.00
  • Employee and Spouse - $172.78
  • Employee and Child(ren) - $149.68
  • Employee and Family - $211.54

The City provides basic dental insurance for all full time employees and their dependents at no cost to the employee. There is a voluntary buy up dental plan available for all employees. The monthly deductions are listed below. Dependent elections must be the same for medical and dental coverage. There is presently no waiting period for an employee and their dependents to be covered.

  • Employee Only - $4.39
  • Employee and Spouse - $10.36
  • Employee and Child(ren) - $9.40
  • Employee and Family - $15.38

The City offers vision insurance for all full time employees and their dependents. There is presently no waiting period for an employee and their dependents to be covered. Participation in this plan is voluntary. The employee monthly deductions for the plan are listed below.

  • Employee Only - $8.14
  • Employee and Spouse - $16.09
  • Employee and Child(ren) - $15.78
  • Employee and Family - $23.99

The City provides limited short-term disability benefits on a self-insurance basis. Upon exhaustion of all accumulated sick and vacation leave, the City will pay to the employee 60% of their base salary after they have been unable to work due to illness or injury for more than thirty consecutive calendar days.

The City provides long term disability insurance to all full time employees at no cost to the employee.

The City also provides term life insurance and accident, death, and dismemberment to all full time employees at no cost to the employee. The basic life benefit is $25,000 and the AD&D benefit is $25,000. Life & AD&D benefits reduce by 35% at age 65 and 50% at age 70.

Retirement

Full-time employees shall be members of the TMRS and shall participate in all benefits deriving therefrom. Beginning in 2005, the employee will contribute 7% of the employee’s salary to the plan and the City matches the employee contribution 2 to 1. You must have 5 years of service to be vested in TMRS. You may retire at age 60 with 5 years of service or at any age with 20 years of service.

The City participates in the Federal Social Security program with all the benefits deriving therefrom.

The City offers a 457 plan to employees. Participation in this plan is voluntary.

Workers Compensation

Worker’s compensation will be paid in accordance with the Worker’s Compensation Act. Worker’s comp insurance is provided through Texas Municipal League. In addition to the benefits prescribed under the Worker’s Compensation Act, injured employees shall receive a salary supplement subject to specific provisions outlined in the personnel policies and procedures manual.

Time Off

Employees will receive time off for a total of 12 holidays per year, 2 of which are considered personal.

Each full-time employee is allowed to earn ten sick days per year. Employees may accumulate a maximum of 180 days.

Vacation leave is earned on a basis designated by years of employment with the City. Vacation leave may not be taken during the probationary period.

  • New Employee Through One Year - 5/6 Day Per Month
  • One Year Through Nine Years - 2 Weeks or 10 Days
  • Ten Years Through Nineteen Years - 3 Weeks or 15 Days
  • Twenty Years or More - 4 Weeks or 20 Days

Employees summoned for jury duty will be allowed the necessary time; it is expected that an employee will report for work if they are excused from jury duty at or before 3:00 p.m.

Absence in each calendar year is allowed for 15 days reserve training in the State and Federal Military Reserve organization without the loss of benefits and salary.

Employees are allowed absences with pay for three calendar days for the death in the immediate family, spouse’s immediate family or household. Immediate family includes mother, father, brother, sister, wife, husband, son, or daughter. Time off may be allowed to attend the services of other relatives up to a maximum of one day. Time off may be allowed to attend the services of a close friend, the time may be charged to vacation. Time off to attend services of a City employee usually is granted.

Miscellaneous

All full-time employees shall receive longevity, provided funds are appropriated by City Council. Presently, employees receive $4 per month, per year of service, after completing one year of service.

The City offers payroll direct deposit to all employees.

The City offers supplemental Cancer, Accident, Intensive Care, Hospitalization, Personal Sickness, Specified Health Event, Juvenile Life and Term Life insurance Plans with AFLAC. The premiums are payroll deducted and most are pre-tax.

Employees may elect to payroll deduct on a pre-tax basis a part of their salary to provide reimbursement for dependent care and eligible medical expenses. The maximum contribution for Dependent Care reimbursement is $5,000 per year and $2,500 per year for the Medical Flex Spending account.

Children of the City of Stafford employees are eligible to attend Stafford Municipal School District.

Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, Peoples Choice Credit Union, Frost Bank, Bank of Texas, and Houston Community Bank offers City of Stafford employees a special banking package with a no service charge checking account and a number of other services as long as you are employed with the City.

All City employees and family may use the City pool. Pool passes are $10.00 for each person for the entire season.

A-Team Fitness and Powerhouse Gym offer discounted memberships for all City Employees.