Employee Benefits

MEDICAL INSURANCE - Chaves County pays a portion of the premium for health insurance coverage for eligible employees and their dependents.  Health insurance coverage is available through Presbyterian Health Plan or Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  A more complete explanation of the coverage is available through the Human Resources Office.

LIFE INSURANCE – Chaves County pays 100% of the premium for life insurance coverage for eligible employees in the amount of $50,000.

DENTAL INSURANCE - Chaves County pays 100% of the premium for eligible employees and their dependents.  This plan covers a maximum of $1,000 per year per eligible employee or dependent.

SHORT AND LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE - Chaves County employees pay the premium (currently $9.40 per pay period) for short and long term disability coverage.

SUPPLEMENTAL PLANS - Chaves County offers supplemental insurance and legal plans to its employees.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EAP) - Chaves County provides an EAP to all eligible employees and their dependents or household members.  The Solutions Group is voluntary, confidential and available anytime of the day or night.

RETIREMENT - Chaves County is a member of the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). All County employees, except part-time employees or temporary employees, must be members of PERA as a condition of employment. The general retirement plan is twenty-five (25) or thirty-years (30) depending upon PERA status.  The law enforcement plan is twenty (20) or twenty five (25) years depending upon PERA status. The County and the employee have contribution rates that are a percentage of the employee’s salary for their retirement plan.

ANNUAL LEAVE - Employees accrue annual leave with pay in accordance with the following years of full-time service:

 0 to 2 years: 80 hours

 3 to 5 years: 96 hours

 6 to 10 years: 120 hours

11 to 15 years: 144 hours

16 to 20 years: 168 hours

21 to 23 years: 200 hours

24 or more years: 240 hours

USE OF ANNUAL LEAVE - Regulations concerning per pay period accrual, approval and use of accrued annual leave are covered in the County's Personnel Policy.  Employees are given one personal holiday per calendar year.

SICK LEAVE - Employees accrue sick leave with pay at the rate of 3.08 hours per pay period.

SICK LEAVE USE - Regulations concerning per pay period accrual, approval and use of accrued sick leave are covered in the County's Personnel Policy.

HOLIDAYS - The County Commission approves holidays at its discretion in November of each year for the next calendar year. There are 10 paid holidays.

DEFERRED COMPENSATION - County employees may participate in an additional deferred compensation program as a supplement to PERA retirement.