Benefits have been made available to employees through the Civil Service Law and approval of the governing body. Benefits are administered through the Human Resources Department. Questions concerning these benefits may be directed to this department. Following are highlights of some of the benefits offered to City of Pelham employees.
The City of Pelham is a member of the Local Government Health Insurance Program administered by the State Board of Insurance. LGHIP is a self-insured group health insurance program funded from the premiums of the participating local government units and their subscribers.
All City employees are covered under the provisions of the Workers’ Compensation Act. This act provides monetary protection for the employee and his or her dependents in the event or injury or death while conducting work for the City.
Employees of the City of Pelham have the option of contributing on a payroll deduction basis to the State Deferred Compensation System’s 401(k) or 457(b) plans. These plans offer long-term, tax-deferred savings. These programs allow an employee to defer current income in order to provide additional income upon retirement. These plans are voluntary and enrollment or changes are allowed on an ongoing basis. The City does not contribute towards these plans.
FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS
The City of Pelham offers flexible spending accounts (FSA). FSAs allow employees to pay for out-of-pocket health and dependent daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars. This means that before federal, state, and Social Security taxes are calculated and deducted from pay, the FSA funds are taken to reduce the employees’ gross pay, thereby lowering the taxable income.
The City of Pelham purchases life insurance for all full-time employees with Dearborn Life. Effective date of coverage is date of employment. Coverage is $25,000 Life and $100,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment.
The City of Pelham is a member of the Employees´ Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA), which operates under the Retirement Systems of Alabama. An additional retirement plan is available through the Retirement Systems of Alabama – RSA– http://www.rsa-al.gov/
New Year’s, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Patriot’s Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day. Holidays are subject to change at the discretion of the governing body.
VACATION/SICK LEAVE/SICK LEAVE BANK
All employees holding regular full-time positions shall be allowed to earn vacation with pay in accordance with length of service. All employees holding regular full-time positions shall be allowed to earn sick leave at the rate of one workday for each month of service. Any full-time, classified employee of the City may become a member of the Sick Leave Bank by agreeing to permanently transfer five (5) accumulated sick days from their personal sick leave reserve into the Sick Leave Bank. All full-time employees of the City, who are a member of the Sick Leave Bank, may be permitted to draw 25 workdays per year with proper approval.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
An employee assistance program is available to all full-time employees. Confidential counseling is available free of charge to employees. The EAP can help employees with a variety of concerns, i.e., financial, marital, substance abuse, etc. Any employee or family member may contact the EAP by calling (205) 879-7957.