Employee Benefits

Health Insurance

The City offers medical, dental, and vision plans. The medical plan is a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a health savings account (HSA).

If you're hired on or before the 15th of a month, your healthcare begins on the first of the next month. When you're hired after the 15th of a month, your health coverage will start on the first of the second month following.

Life Insurance

After six months of employment, employees are eligible for $10,000 coverage under our group life insurance policy. Additional coverage up to the employee's annual salary ($40,000 maximum) may be purchased. Upon retirement this coverage will be reduced to $4,000. The premiums will be paid by the City.

Voluntary Supplemental Benefits

Life insurance (term and whole life), critical illness/cancer, accident, short / long term disability insurance

PTO

Employees hired on or after January 1, 2016 are eligible for Paid Time Off (PTO) based on length of service as noted below and consistent with applicable ordinance or collective bargaining agreement and are not eligible for Sick Leave, Vacation, Personal Days or Birthday leave.

  • Less than one year: 88
  • 1 year, but less than 7: 168
  • 7 years, but less than 16: 208
  • 16 years: 248
  • 17 years: 256
  • 18 years: 264
  • 19 years: 272
  • 20 years: 280
  • 21 years: 288

Holidays

For many employee groups, the City provides 17 days (136 hours/year) of paid holiday leave. These include: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

Employees may also be eligible for five personal days and the employee's birthday (non-union employees hired prior to January 1, 2016, and members of a bargaining unit refer to your specific bargaining agreement language).

Sick Leave

Employees earn 8-12 hours of paid sick leave per month. Upon retirement, a certain amount of this may be converted to pay. Non-union employees hired on or after January 1, 2016 are not eligible for Sick Leave.

Vacation

Employees may also be eligible for vacation based on length of service as noted below and consistent with applicable ordinance or collective bargaining agreement. Non-union employees hired on or after January 1, 2016 are not eligible for Vacation.

  • Less than one year: None
  •  1 year, but less than 7: two weeks
  •  7 years, but less than 16: three weeks
  •  16 years: four weeks
  •  17 years: four weeks + one day
  •  Each additional year adds one day: four weeks + X days
  •  To a maximum of 26 years: 30 days

Mandatory Retirement Plans

There are presently two (2) major retirement/pension systems available to City Employees, the Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) and the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund (OP&F). Both are established by Ohio law, under state administrative control and participation is required. Both the employee and the City of Hamilton contribute a percentage (pre-tax) into the system. Members do not pay into the Federal Social Security System. Employees and the City also contribute to Medicare.

Voluntary Supplemental Retirement Plans

 Ohio Public Employees Deferred Compensation Plan (Deferred Comp)

The Ohio Public Employee Deferred Compensation Plan is a voluntary supplemental retirement plan for state and local government employees in the state of Ohio. It allows employees to defer a portion of their current paycheck until retirement. It is intended as a long-term financial program, as the amount employees defer and any related earnings are not subject to federal income taxes until they are paid out.

 International City/County Management Association Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC)

ICMA-RC is a voluntary supplemental retirement plan for state and local government employees. Founded as a way to provide portable retirement benefits for City and County Managers, ICMA-RC has expanded to include state and local government employees. Just like the Ohio Deferred Compensation plan, it allows employees to defer a portion of their current paycheck until retirement. It is intended as a long-term financial program, the amount employees defer and any related earnings are not subject to federal income taxes until they are paid out.

Other Benefits

Employees may be eligible for additional benefits such as:

  • uniform/clothing allowance
  • funeral leave
  • jury duty leave
  • military leave
  • attendance incentive
  • fitness incentive
  • education incentive
  • longevity pay

 

EMPLOYEES WHO ARE COVERED BY A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT (CBA) MAY HAVE BENEFITS THAT DIFFER FROM THOSE NOTED ABOVE. IN THOSE INSTANCES, YOU MUST REFER TO THE CBA FOR SPECIFIC BENEFIT DETAILS. THIS LISTING IS NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE, BUT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE A BRIEF OVERVIEW.

 

Benefits Guide