St Croix County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefit package to employees that work at least 20 hours per week on a regular basis. Employees must work at least 30 hours per week or hold a 0.75 position or higher to be eligible for medical insurance. (Temporary, seasonal, and on-call employees are not eligible.)
- Medical Insurance: St. Croix County has a self funded insurance plan administered through Preferred One. Employees pay 11% of the premium for this comprehensive coverage.
- Dental Insurance: Employees may elect to purchase dental insurance through MetLife. The County offers 4 tiers of coverage.
- Vision Insurance: Employees may elect to purchase vision insurance through Guardian. The County offers 2 different networks.
- Life Insurance: St Croix County provides basic life insurance through Unum to eligible employees in an amount equal to annual salary. Employees may elect to purchase additional coverage for them-self, their spouse, or eligible dependents.
- Long Term Disability: St Croix County provides basic long term disability insurance of 60% gross predisability income for employees who become disabled for more than 90 days.
- Wellness Reimbursement: Employees may submit for up to $300 reimbursement at the end of every calendar year for qualifying wellness expenses.
- Flexible Benefit Plans: Employees can elect to contribute to a Health Care or Dependent Care account on a pre-tax basis in accordance with IRS guidelines.
- Leave Time: St. Croix County offers a non-traditional leave package which encourages employees to carefully plan their time away from work and maximize time spent on the job. Employees accrue PTO (paid-time off) based on hours worked.
- A full-time employee can accrue up to 320 hours.
- At the end of the calendar year, employees can elect to roll their PTO forward, receive a cash payout of up to 48 hours, or convert up to 96 hours to their long term sick bank.
- An employee retiring from the county with a bank of long term sick hours will have that value converted at their last salary to a retirement health savings account to be used for qualified medical expenses on a pretax basis (must work at least 30 hours to be eligible or must hold 0.75 position or higher to be eligible).
Wisconsin Retirement System
The County’s retirement program is administered by the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Contribution rates vary with classification status: elected, protective service (certified law enforcement), and general employee.
Retirement rates are subject to annual changes based upon the actions of the State of Wisconsin. To be eligible for participation in the Wisconsin Retirement System, the employees must be scheduled to work a minimum of 600 hours per year in a bona fide County position.
Effective July 1, 2011, new hires must work 1,200 hours in a twelve month period in order to be eligible.
Deferred Compensation Programs
Employees working an average of twenty (20) or more hours per week in a regular position in the County are eligible to participate in the deferred compensation programs offered through a payroll deduction by St. Croix County. The County offers three deferred compensation programs on a voluntary basis to its employees.
Deferred compensation is a tax-favored savings program that allows public employees to contribute a portion of their salary before taxes to a savings account. This is provided for in the Internal Revenue Code, Section 457 and offered exclusively to public employees.
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- Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program
Student Loan Forgiveness
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