Paid Time Off(PTO): Regular full-time employees
earn paid time off for active full-time service. Employees begin accruing
PTO time from their hire date. They will be eligible to take accrued PTO
time the pay period following the completion of six months of
active service. The table below shows PTO hours earned based on years
0 - 4
5 - 9
10 - 19
When employment is terminated, accrued but unused
paid time off will be paid if the employee has completed at least one
year of service. Employees who terminate before completing
one year of service are not eligible for a PTO pay out.
Medical Benefits: Group health coverage is available
to regular full-time employees and their dependents through the County's
self-insured plan. If elected, coverage becomes effective the first day
of the month following the completion of 59 days of active
service. There are two different medical plans offered by the County.
These plans are administered by UnitedHealthcare. There is minimal cost
to the employee for employee-only coverage.*Vision is included with
the medical plan.
Dental Benefits: Regular full-time employees
may elect dental coverage for themselves and/or their dependents. Elected
coverage becomes effective the first day of the month following the completion
of 59 days of active service. The dental plan includes orthodontia
NOTE: Part-time employees may elect medical and dental
coverage, but they assume responsibility for the entire cost of the coverage.
Short Term Disability: The first of the month
following 90 days of active service, regular full-time employees
may be eligible for short-term disability benefits due to a non-occupational
illness or injury. Payment percentage is 67% of gross salary and may continue
for up to 26 weeks. There is a 15-day qualifying period before eligibility
for payment begins. Collin County pays 100% of this cost - there is no
charge to employees for this benefit.
Long Term Disability: The first of the month
following 90 days of active service, regular full-time employees
may be eligible for long-term disability coverage. If medically unable
to work for more than 180 days due to a non-occupational illness or injury
an eligible employee may be eligible for long term disability payment
of 67% of gross salary. This benefit may continue to age 69 with reduced
benefits after age 65. Collin County pays 100% of this cost - there is
no charge to employees for this benefit.
Employee Assistance Program: Collin County offers a confidential employee assistance program (EAP). This program
is designed to provide employees with resources and referrals to assist with life challenges that may be
encountered such as: child care and elder care, alcohol and drug abuse, difficulties in relationships, stress
and anxiety, depression, financial and legal concerns as well as coping with grief or loss.
Basic Term Life Insurance: Regular full-time
employees are automatically covered by $50,000 term life insurance coverage
the first day of the month following the initial 90 days of
active service. Employees also receive an additional $50,000 of accidental
death coverage. The County pays the entire cost of this coverage. Benefits
continue at a reduced level after age 65.
Optional Term Life Insurance: Additional optional
life insurance coverage is also available for regular full-time employees
in the amount of 1 or 2 times annual salary up to $200,000. The employee
is responsible for entire cost of the optional coverage. If elected, this
coverage becomes effective on the first of the month following completion
of 90 days of active service. Benefits continue at a reduced
level after age 65.
Optional coverage for spouses and dependents is also available. The employee
is responsible for the entire cost of the coverage
Long Term Care: The County provides long term care insurance coverage
at no cost to regular full-time employees with at least eight years of
eligible service. This insurance provides nursing and custodial care benefits
to employees who require assistance with daily life activities such as
dressing and eating.
Employees with less than eight years of service may elect to enroll;
however, they are responsible for paying the full cost of the coverage
elected. Employees may also elect coverage for their spouse and other
eligible family members. Evidence of good health for the employee and
their family members may be required.
Cafeteria (Flex/Section 125) Plan: Regular full-time employees
may enroll in a group of benefits permitted by Section 125 of the Internal
Revenue Code. This plan allows employees to pre-tax the payments they
make for health plan contributions, childcare payments, unreimbursed medical
expenses, and some optional supplemental insurance. Employees may sign
up for the Section 125 plan at employment or during open enrollment. If
an employee elects to participate in either the health care or dependent
care flexible spending account, contributions begin on the first of the
month following completion of 30 days of active service.
Holidays: The County schedules holidays each
fiscal year. Designated holidays generally include New Year's Day, Martin
Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day,
Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas
Day. Other days may be scheduled. Fiscal year 2014 includes ten holidays.
Family Medical Leave: Collin County employees
who have been employed for one year and who have worked 1250 hours in
the preceding year may be eligible for up to twelve weeks of FMLA leave.
The FMLA provides for up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave
- for the birth, adoption, or placement of a child for foster care
- to care for a child, spouse, or parent with a serious health condition
- for an employee with a serious health condition
Employees who will be away from work for one of these reasons should
contact Human Resources for additional information. When possible, an
employee should provide at least 30 days advance notice. In the case of
an emergency, notification should be made as soon as possible.
Retirement (TCDRS): The County participates in
the Texas County and District Retirement System (TCDRS), which is a retirement
and disability pension system for county employees in the State of Texas.
Participation in TCDRS is mandatory for all regular full-time and part-time
employees regardless of age. Employee contributions to TCDRS begin immediately.
Employees contribute 7% of gross pay and become vested after eight years
of service. The County matches employee contributions at a ratio of 2
to 1. The plan is designed to provide retirement income for life,
as well as disability and death benefits to employees and their beneficiaries.
Employees receive the County's contributions only at retirement in a monthly
annuity check. There are many provisions of TCDRS, which may affect individual
employees such as credit for prior service, military service, and service
with other retirement systems. To be eligible for retirement, employees
must: (1) have at least eight years of credited service and be age 60;
OR (2) have any combination of age plus years of service which equals
75; OR (3) have at least 30 years of service at any age. This plan coordinates
with other statewide systems.
Retirement (Deferred Compensation): Collin County
offers three deferred compensation plans as allowed by Section 457 of
the Internal Revenue Code. The plans are administered by MassMutual Financial Group, Nationwide Insurance, and AIG VALIC These are optional
retirement plans that allow employees to make tax-deferred contributions
to supplement their retirement plans. Employees may defer up to 25% of
taxable income, or a maximum amount allowed by the IRS (currently $17,500
for 2014), whichever is less, to the plan through payroll deductions.
Employees can participate immediately upon employment and can select from
a variety of options to invest their money. The county does not contribute
to these plans.
Retirement (Social Security): Regular full-time
and part-time employees participate in Social Security and Medicare and
have payroll deductions for these programs as required by federal law.
Retiree Health Insurance Benefits: Collin County offers a health insurance program for eligible
employees who retire from Collin County. Retirees must meet specific criteria in
order to be eligible to participate in this program. Under this program, Collin
County retirees are responsible for paying the full cost of coverage.
Tuition Reimbursement: Regular full-time employees
are eligible to apply for educational assistance for eligible college
courses. After completing the course(s) and achieving minimum established
grades (C for undergraduate and B for graduate), employees may apply for
reimbursement of 100% of tuition and text books (not to exceed that which
would be payable at The University of Texas at Dallas). Refund to the
County is required if employees leave the County within one year from
the date the course work is completed.
For Collin County Contribution Rates for year 2014,