Employee Benefits

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: The probationary period for employees is six months. Sworn law enforcement personnel serve a one-year probationary period.

PAY FOR PERFORMANCE: Full-time and regular part-time employees may be eligible for performance pay increases every six months while in the developmental segment of our awards chart, then on an annual basis on their anniversary. These performance awards include lump sum awards ranging from 1-2% and base pay increases ranging from 1.5-4% of annual pay.

COST of LIVING ADJUSTMENT: Pending Town Council approval each fiscal year, employees may receive a cost-of-living increase. The amount of this increase varies.

VACATION: Ten (10) vacation days per year are earned the first two years of employment. After two years, the formula used is ten days per year plus an additional day for every year over two years with a maximum of 36 days. Vacation leave may be taken in fifteen-minute increments. Probationary employees are not eligible to use vacation time.

SICK LEAVE: Twelve (12) days of sick leave are earned per year. Sick leave may be taken in fifteen-minute increments. The Town accepts sick leave transfers from other N.C. local government employers.

HOLIDAYS: Eleven (11) or twelve (12) paid holidays per year determined by the Town Council for full time employees. Part time employees who regularly work twenty hours or more each week will receive pay for one half day for each authorized holiday.

PRETAX PREMIUMS: The Town deducts your portion of dependent health and dental insurance premiums (if applicable) on a pre-tax basis. Your take home pay is increased because the premium is deducted from your gross pay, reducing your taxable income, thus reducing the amount of Social Security, Federal, and State taxes that are withheld.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS: The Town offers Medical and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts to cover the employee and his/her family members. This plan allows employees to set aside money on a PRE-TAX basis for any anticipated medical and childcare costs that the employee expects to incur during the year.

MEDICAL INSURANCE: Medical insurance is paid by the Town of Garner for all full and part-time employees working 30 hours per week or more. The Town offers an insurance plan through Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC. The Town contributes 25% toward the cost of dependent coverage. Dependent coverage is a pre tax payroll deduction. The coverage is effective thirty days following the date of employment.

DENTAL INSURANCE: The Town pays for dental insurance for all full and part-time employees working 30 hours per week or more. Employees may elect to cover their eligible dependents at their expense through payroll deduction and on a pre tax basis. The coverage is effective thirty days following the date of employment.

LIFE INSURANCE: All full time employees receive a term life insurance policy. The benefit amount is equal to your base annual salary. This benefit is paid for by the Town, which is also effective thirty days following employment. The employee may purchase additional coverage for a spouse and eligible dependents through payroll deduction.

SHORT TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE: The Town offers a Short-term Disability Policy for all full-time employees. The policy pays 60% of the employee’s base weekly wage beginning on day 8 of disability. The maximum payment period is 26 weeks of coverage. The coverage is effective one month following the date of employment.

RETIREMENT: All full time employees and part-time employees working at least 1000 hours per year are covered under the North Carolina Local Governmental Employees' Retirement System (LGERS) beginning on the first day of employment. Employees contribute 6% of their earnings to their NC Retirement account. This is a pre-tax deduction that reduces the amount of Federal and State taxes you pay helping to minimize the impact your contribution has on your earnings. LGERS members who have completed one year of participation in the retirement system are also eligible for an additional Death Benefit, which pays a year's salary of up to $50,000 to an employee's designated beneficiary.

SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT PLAN 401(k): The Town makes a 5% contribution to the NC 401(k) plan for all employees who participate in the North Carolina Local Government Employees' Retirement System (LGERS). Participation in the NC 401k begins on the first day of employment. Employees may make additional pre-tax contributions within the limits of the plan's guidelines through payroll deduction. Employees are able to select the investment options for these contributions.

SUPPLEMENTAL RETIREMENT PLAN 457: The Town offers an additional retirement account through ICMA-RC. The plan is a tax-deferred 457 retirement account and allows you to make pre-tax contributions within the limits of the plan’s guidelines through payroll deduction. The Town does not contribute to this plan and employee participation is optional.

CREDIT UNION: Town of Garner employees are eligible to join the North Carolina Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) at any State Employees Credit Union branch.

DIRECT DEPOSIT: The Town requires payroll check direct deposit for all employees. The amount of the payroll check can be deposited into any checking or savings account or the amount may be split to deposit into multiple accounts.

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE: Full time employees off probation may apply for educational assistance and educational leave. Courses relating to the present job or a future position within the Town or to further an employee's education are considered eligible courses to pursue.

WELLNESS PROGRAM: Special programs and incentives are offered as a part of the Wellness Program (i.e., health screenings, wellness center discounts, “lunch & learn” sessions, and wellness subscriptions)

EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT PROGRAM: Employee discounts are available at a variety of companies, including local merchants, vacation attractions, and financial institutions.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP): The Town sponsors an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to assist employees and their family members who have family, health, or personal problems. This is a free confidential counseling and referral service provided for problems such as stress, marital/family problems, chemical/alcohol dependency, or financial trouble.

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION: All employees are covered under the Town’s Workers Compensation Policy from the date of employment.

SUPPLEMENTAL INSURANCE: Employees may purchase various supplemental insurance policies such as Short-term Disability, Accident, Critical Illness, Cancer, and Life policies. These policies are optional and premiums are payroll deducted.