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City Employment Benefits

New Health Plan Rates & Employee Cost (24 Pay Periods)
Effective January 1, 2018 – *Bay Area Region Rates
Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA, and Operating Engineers Groups:


*Please Note: If you live outside of the Bay Area, these rates do not apply. See HR for your specific Health Plan rate if you live in the “Other Northern CA Region,” or “Sacramento Region.”

HMO HEALTH PLANS 2017-2018 Increase/Decrease PLAN CODE CalPERS 2018 Premium Rates City Monthly Contribution Employee Monthly Cost  Employee Cost 24 PP 
Anthem Select HMO          - 9.311% Increase          
Emp. Only  4541    $856.41    $769.95   ($  86.46)  ($  43.23)
Emp. & 1 Dep.  4542 $1,712.82 $1,308.92   ($403.90)  ($201.95)
Emp. & 2 or more Dep.  4543 $2,226.67 $1,701.60   ($525.07)  ($262.54)
           
Anthem Traditional HMO   -6.523% Decrease          
Emp. Only  4501    $925.47    $769.95   ($155.52)   ($  77.76)
Emp. & 2 or more Dep.  4502 $1,850.94 $1,308.92   ($542.02)   ($271.01)
Emp. & 2 or more Dep.  4503  $2,406.22 $1,701.60   ($704.62)   ($352.31)
           
Blue Shield Access+ HMO  -13.254% Decrease    
 
 
 
   
Emp. Only  1021    $889.02    $769.95   ($119.07)   ($ 59.54)
Emp. & I Dep.  1022 $2,032.36 $1,308.92   ($469.12)   ($234.56)
Emp. & 2 or more Dep.  1023 $2,642.07 $1,701.60   ($609.85)   ($304.93)

 
 
 

 
   
HealthNet SmartCare HMO           - 17.754% Increase  
 

 
   
Emp. Only  3751    $863.48    $769.95   ($93.53)   ($ 46.77)
Emp. & I Dep.  3752 $1,726.96 $1,308.92
  ($418.04)   ($209.02)
Emp. & 2 or more Dep.  3753 $2,245.05 $1,701.60
  ($543.45)   ($271.73)
           
Kaiser North HMO                - 6.336% Increase  
 

 
   
 Emp. Only  3751     $779.86     $769.95   ($9.91)   ($ 4.96)
 Emp. & I Dep.  3752  $1,559.72  $1,308.92   ($250.80)   ($125.40)
 Emp. & 2 or more Dep.  3753  $2,027.64  $1,701.60   ($326.04)   ($163.02)
           
UnitedHealthcare HMO                  - 29.144% Increase  
 
 
   
Emp. Only  4261  $1,371.84    $769.95  ($601.89)    ($300.95)
Emp. & I Dep.  4262 $2,743.68 $1,308.92  ($1,434.76)  ($717.38)
Emp. & 2 or more Dep.  4263 $3,566.78 $1,701.60  ($1,865.18)   ($932.59)
           
PERS Choice PPO                               - 3.617% Decrease    
 
 
   
Emp. Only  1061    $800.27    $769.95   ($30.32)  ($ 15.16)
Emp. & I Dep  1062 $1,600.54 $1,308.92   ($291.62)  ($145.81)
Emp. & 2 or more Dep.  1063 $2,080.70 $1,701.60   ($379.10)  ($189.55)
           
PERS Select PPO                                - 2.549% Decrease    

 
   
Emp. Only  1261    $717.50    $769.95   ($  0.00)  ($  0.00)
Emp. & I Dep.  1262 $1,435.00 $1,308.92   ($126.08)  ($63.04)
Emp. & 2 or more Dep.  1263 $1,865.50 $1,701.60   ($163.90)  ($81.95)

 
 
 

 
   

PERS Care PPO                    5.356% Decrease

   
 
   
Emp. Only  1221    $882.45     $769.95   ($112.50)  ($ 56.25)
Emp. & I Dep.  1222 $1,764.90 $1,308.92   ($455.98)  ($227.99)
Emp. & 2 or more Dep.  1223 $2,294.37 $1,701.60   ($592.77)  ($296.39)

 

Calpers Retiree Medical Insurance
Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA, and Operating Engineers Units:

Employees are eligible for lifetime medical benefits at the time of retirement with the following criteria:

Those employees hired before August 1, 2004, and have five or more full-time years of service with the City of Cupertino, are eligible for the lifetime medical benefit.   Employees receive a City paid medical insurance premium contribution equal to the amount provided to active employees in the same bargaining unit.  No cash back is provided if the cost of insurance is less than the City’s maximum premium contribution.

Unrepresented, CEA, and Operating Engineers Units:

Employees hired after August 1, 2004, and have ten or more full-time years of CalPERS service, including five years with the City of Cupertino, are eligible for the lifetime “Health Benefit Vesting Requirement -100/90 Formula.”  The City contribution is set forth by the State as follows:

CalPERS service (including 5 years with Cupertino)

10 years 50%** 15 years 75%**
11 years 55%** 16 years 80%**
12 years 60%** 17 years 85%**
13 years 65%** 18 years 90%**
14 years 70%** 19 years 95%**
20years 100%**

 

** 2018 Calendar Year - State’s contribution level as follows: One-Party $ 725.00; $1,377.00 for 2-party and $1,766.00 for family.

HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT ACCOUNT (HRA) 

Unrepresented, Appointed, and CEA, and OE3 Units: 

Effective 10/1/2016, the City eliminated HRA contributions of $163.00 per employee per month.  Employees, however, will be able to keep their existing banks and the City will continue to pay the administrative fee for maintaining those banks.  Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) is to be used towards health related expenses as determined by the IRS.  If the employee separates from the City of Cupertino, the employee may use their HRA funds until their account is depleted.

Dental Insurance

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units

Group Plan: Delta Dental Plan of California
Group Number: 1539-0006
Coverage:

Dental Program covers several categories of benefits. Delta will provide payment for a maximum of $2,500 for each person covered each calendar year.

Basic Benefit: DPO (Delta Preferred Option) 100% or 75/25%
Oral Surgery, Diagnostic and Preventative Benefits - 75/25%
Cleanings - Four per calendar year
Prosthodontic Benefits - 75/25%
Orthodontic Benefits - 60/40% ($2,500 Life Time Maximum)
See Delta Benefit Summary for more details in coverage.

City's Cost: City contribution is$126.78 per month for each employee including dependents
Premium: $126.78 per month
Employee Cost: $0.00 per month

 

Employees who retire from City of Cupertino are eligible for retiree COBRA dental benefits provided the premium is paid in full by the Retiree each month. No City contribution.

Vision Insurance

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

Group Plan: Vision Service Plan (VSP) #12 074461 0001 (Plan B)
Coverage:

Vision Program provides for regular eye examinations and benefits toward vision care expenses including glasses or contact lenses.

Standard Eye Examination and Glasses:
   Eye Examination: Every 12 months* ($20 co-pay)
   Prescription Glasses: Every 12 months* ($20 co-pay)
   Frame:   Every 24 months* ($130 allowance for frame of choice)
   Contact Lens Care: Every 12 months* ($130 allowance for contacts)
*from your last date of service

Copayments  $20/$20 - The first copayment applies to the eye examination and the second copayment applies to materials. Services obtained through non-member providers are subject to the same copayments and limitations as services through VSP participating doctors.
Safety Glasses -
OE3 Employees Only
ProTec Safety Rx Plan (Copay: $10.00)
City's Cost: City Contribution is $19.16 per month for each employee including dependents
Premium: $19.16 per month
Employee’ Cost: None
Laser Vision Correction: Average 15% off the regular price or 5% off the promotional price.  Discounts only available from contracted facilities. 
City’s Cost: City Contribution is $14.94 per month for each employee including dependents
Premium: $16.34 per month
Employee’ Cost: $1.40 per month / $ .70 per pay period (24)

 

Employees who retire from City of Cupertino are eligible for retiree COBRA Vision benefits provided the premium is paid in full by the Retiree each month. No City contribution.

 

Short Term Disability - CIGNA

Appointed, Unrepresented, and CEA Units:

Group Plan: CIGNA - Short Term Disability Insurance
Coverage:

66-2/3% of weekly covered earnings to maximum of $1,615 per week.
Employee must be disabled for 7 days from accident and 7 days from sickness.

Benefit Duration:  Continue to receive benefit until the end of the 12 week benefit period of accident or sickness, or until you no longer qualify or benefits, whichever occurs first. 
City's Cost:  City Contribution - Premium .475 monthly rate per $100 of monthly covered payroll.
Premium:

$49.86 per employee per month maximum

 Employee Cost:  None

 

Short Term Disability - State of California

Operating Engineers Unit:

Group Plan:  EDD (California Employment Development Department) – Short Term Disability Insurance
Coverage:

Approximately 55% of weekly covered earnings – Seven Day Waiting Period.

The weekly benefit amount is calculated based on past earnings and equals approximately 55% of earnings up to the maximum weekly benefit amount.  Employees may receive up to 52 weeks of Disability Insurance benefits. The daily benefit amount is calculated by dividing the weekly benefit amount by seven days.  The maximum benefit amount is calculated by multiplying the weekly benefit amount by 52 or adding the total wages subject to SDI tax paid in your base period, whichever is less.  

For claims beginning on or after January 1, 2017, weekly benefits range from $50 to a maximum of $1,173. To qualify for the maximum weekly benefit amount, employees must earn at least $26,070.92 in a calendar quarter during the employee’s base period. The weekly benefit payment amount may vary if employees receive other income while receiving DI benefits from EDD, such as sick leave pay, paid time off, etc.  

City's Cost: City Contribution - None
Employee Cost: 0.9% of Employee's Bi-Weekly Salary


Long Term Disability

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units :

Group Plan: CIGNA Long Term Disability Insurance

OE3Coverage:

66-2/3% of Pre-disability Earnings of base salary up to $7,000 per month.
Elimination Period is the first 60 days of each disability.

Appointed, Unrep, & CEACoverage:

66-2/3% of Pre-disability Earnings of base salary up to $7,000 per month. 

Elimination Period is the first 90 days of each disability.

OE3 City's Cost: City Contribution – Premium .55 of each $100 of insured earnings to a maximum of $7,000 per month.
Appointed, Unrep, & CEA City's Cost:

City Contribution – Premium .54 of each $100 of insured earnings to a maximum of $7,000 per month.

Maximum Premium: $63.00 per month per employee
 Employee Cost: None 

 

Life Insurance

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units :

Group Plan: Hartford Life Insurance Company (Policy No. 698457)
Coverage:

Two-and-one-half-times annual salary rounded to the next highest $50,000.
Maximum Coverage $250,000

 OE3 Unit Only: Five-times annual salary rounded to the next highest $50,000. Maximum Coverage $250,000
Eligibility: All regular employees who work at least 20 hours per week.
Additional Life Insurance purchased by the employee is available. See H.R. for enrollment and benefit information.
City's Cost City Contribution - Two-and-one-half (Unrepresented & CEA) and five-times (OE3) annual salary rounded to next highest $50,000. Maximum - $250,000.
(Life = .21 per thousand, AD&D = .03 per thousand)
Premium $52.50 Life and $7.50 AD&D per month maximum.
Employee Cost None

 

Calpers Retirement

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA Units and Operating Engineers Units:

The City of Cupertino pays the employee/employer share contribution of base salary to the Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) as follows:

2.7 @55  2.0 @60  2.0 @62
APPLIES TO

Current employees hired before 12/29/12

(includes City Council) 

 

Employees hired after 12/29/12 without a six month break in CalPERS or a reciprocity system

 (includes City Council)

New Employees to Cupertino and CalPERS (or has not worked for 6 months in CalPERS)

(Includes City Council)

SALARY  Same  Same  Same
PERSABLE SALARY Capped at:
$270,000
Capped at:
$270,000
Capped at: $142,530
No uniform allowance
RETIREMENT Employee Contribution paid by City = 0%

Employee Contribution paid by Employee = 8%
Employee Contribution paid by City = 0%

 

Employee Contribution paid by Employee = 7%>

Employee Contribution paid by City = 0%

Employee Contribution paid by Employee = 6.25%
 Total  8%  7%  6.25%
Employer Contribution Rate
(2016/2017)

Employer: 10.4140%

*CalPERS UAL:  15.7550%

     Total = 26.169%

Employer: 10.4140%

*CalPERS UAL:  15.7550%

                       Total = 26.169%

Employer: 10.4140%

*CalPERS UAL:  15.7550%

                       Total = 26.169%
50% Normal Cost (12.5%) N/A until 2018  N/A until 2018 6.25%
PAID ON Highest year Highest 3 year average Highest 3 year average

 

To be eligible for service retirement, the employee must be at least age 50 and be vested with five years of CalPERS service credit.

The City of Cupertino contracts for the following PERS options:

  1. 2.7% at age 55 for employees hired prior to 12/29/12 with one-year final compensation.
  2. 2% at age 60 for employees hired after 12/29/12 with three-year final compensation.
  3. Service credit for unused sick leave for employees hired prior to 10/17/12.
  4. Military service buy back option
  5. 1959 Survivor Benefit – 4th Level
  6. Peace Corps buy back option

1959 Survivor Benefit

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA, and Operating Engineers Units

The 1959 Survivor Benefit provides a monthly allowance to eligible survivors of members who were covered for this benefit program and died before retirement. This benefit coverage is available by contract amendment for those members who are not covered by federal Social Security with their employers.  Covered members are required to pay a $2 monthly fee that is deducted from their salary.

Monthly Benefit Payments

Benefit Level One Survivor Two Survivors Three or More Survivors
Level 4 $950 $1,900 $2,280


City Cost: City Contribution is $5.00 per month per employee
Employee Cost: $2.00/month/ $.93 per pay period

Deferred Compensation

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units

457 Plans: National Deferred Compensation, ICMA Retirement Corporation, PERS 457 Program 

Each employee may elect to become a participant of the plan and defer payment of compensation.  The maximum amount that may be deferred during the 2018 calendar year is $18,500.  If age 50 or older the employee may defer $24,500 a year.  “Catch-up” provision amount is $37,000.

Employee Assistance Program

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units

Group Plan: Managed Health Network, Inc. 

Plan No: 1010 

City's Cost: Premium is $4.07 per month for each employee including their dependents.

Employee Cost: None 

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all employees. The EAP is designed to provide professional counseling services for employees and family members. The city has selected Managed Health Network, Inc. (MHN) to administer the EAP Program. 

Employees and eligible family members (immediate family) are entitled and encouraged to use the EAP for confidential pre-paid counseling services for health, behavioral and personal problems. Employees and family members will be entitled to five visits each per year per incident at no cost to the employee.

Wellness Program

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units

Benefited full-time employees are eligible to participate in the City’s Wellness Program. Employees may earn up to four (4) hours of Wellness Leave per calendar year.  

Recreation Bucks...*Pilot Program Underway!

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

Benefited full-time employees receive $400 Rec Bucks each year. Part-time benefited employees receive a pro-rated amount. Rec Bucks can be used for Cupertino Parks & Recreation programs and facility rentals. Rec Bucks can be used for two years before expiring. Rec Bucks can only be used by the employee and his or her dependent family members. If Rec Bucks are used for a gift certificate or used for golf course passes, the two-year expiration will be applied. Rec Bucks cannot be sold or transferred to another employee.

*Effective 1/1/2017, Rec Bucks Reimbursement Pilot Program for physical and Recreational Programs and Activities will be designated as a reimbursable benefit for a maximum amount of $400 for the employee and his/her dependent family members.  Rec Bucks will be issued to employees annually and will expire within one year.  Reimbursements are taxable. For more information, please see the City’s Rec Bucks Policy. 

Sports Center Membership

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

Benefited employees receive Sports Center Membership ($440) each calendar year.

Retirees: 
CalPERS retired City of Cupertino employees and Council Members are eligible to receive Sports Center Membership each calendar year Spouses not included.

Vacation Accrual

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

Service Time Annual Accruals  (8 Hour Schedule)  Bi-weekly accrual maximum hours allowed
0 - 3 Years 80 Hours  3.08 Hours 160 Hours
4 - 9 Years 120 Hours  4.62 Hours 240 Hours
10 - 14 Years 160 Hours  6.16 Hours 272 Hours
15 - 19 Years 176 Hours  6.77 Hours 320 Hours
20 + Years 192 Hours  7.39 Hours 352 Hours

Regular employees working less than full time, but at least 20 hours per week, shall earn a pro-rated amount of vacation based upon the number of hours actually worked in a pay period.

The maximum accumulation is two times the employee’s annual accrual.

Vacation Sell Back 

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

Employees may convert, twice per calendar year, up to80 hours of unused vacation time for payment. The employee must have a minimum balance of 120 hours at the time of conversion.

Compensatory Payment

Unrepresented (non-exempt), CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

Eligible employees may convert any/or all accumulated compensatory time to cash twice each calendar year.  Compensatory time may be earned up to a maximum of 80 hours per calendar year.  An employee may carry over up to 80 hours into the next calendar year, but this carryover balance will be automatically paid out at the end of the calendar year if not used.  Any compensatory time earned exceeding 80 hours will be paid in cash at the rate of time and one-half.  

Sick Leave Accrual 

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

(Employees Hired Prior to 10/17/12)

All full-time employees hired prior to October 17, 2012 (other than those holding temporary status), shall earn eight (8) hours per month sick leave time, without limit on accumulation.

(Employees Hired on or after 10/17/12)

 All full-time employees hired after October 17, 2012 (other than those holding temporary status), shall earn eight (8) hours per month sick leave time, will accrue no more than 240 hours of sick leave time. 

Incentive Leave

(Employees Hired Prior to 10/17/12)

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

Non vested leave time (sick leave) is paid to employees, upon termination in good standing, if an employee has a minimum of 320 hours of accumulated leave.  Incentive leave payment is paid at the employee’s final base hourly rate at the time of termination for Unrepresented, CEA and OE3 units. Incentive leave is paid in accordance to the following schedule:  Retirement – up to 85% of accumulated hours.  Resignation – up to 70% of accumulated hours.

Floating Holiday

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

Employees accrue .77 hours of floating holiday per pay period (20 hours per year).  Regular employees working less than full time, but at least 20 hours per week, shall earn a pro-rated amount of floating holiday based upon the number of hours actually worked in a pay period.  Maximum accumulation is 40 hours.  

Holidays Observed

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

New Year's Day Thanksgiving Day
Washington's Birthday Day following Thanksgiving
Memorial Day Christmas Eve
Independence Day Christmas Day
Labor Day New Year's Eve
Veteran's Day Martin Luther King Day

 

Administrative Leave

Unrepresented & FLSA Exempt:

Administrative Leave:  Policy No. 13 - Entitled to receive 40 hours of Administrative Leave and accrue 1.54 hours per pay period. Employees may accumulate Administrative Leave hours up to two-times annual accrual. Maximum accumulation is 80 hours.

Employees may convert administrative leave hours to pay one time each calendar year.

Educational Reimbursement

Appointed, Unrepresented, CEA and Operating Engineers Units:

Tuition reimbursement is available to benefited employees.  Classes must be taken from an accredited college, university or continuing education program.  All classes and course work must be job related.  An employee who receives a “C” grade or better for each course taken will be eligible for up to 100% reimbursement of the cost of tuition and books up to a maximum of $1,350 per calendar year.

Uniform Allowance

Operating Engineers Unit

On an annual basis (July 1st), the City pays $400.00 to employees for the purchase of safety equipment.

Executive Benefits and Leaves

City Manager, City Attorney, and Department Heads

Administrative Leave: Policy No. 13 - Entitled to receive 80 hours of administrative leave annually and accrue 3.08 hours per pay period.  Employees may accumulate Administrative Leave hours up to two-times annual accrual. Maximum accumulation is 160 hours.

Employees may convert administrative leave hours to pay one time each calendar year.

Vacation Accumulation: Policy No.15 – Vacation hours earned under vacation accumulation schedule. Credit shall be provided for previous public sector service time on a year-for-year basis as to annual vacation accumulation.  Credit shall only be given for completed years of service.

Housing Assistance Program:Policy No.16 - Favorable terms and conditions for housing within the City of Cupertino (See Resolution No. 15-092).

Automobile Allowance:

Unrepresented Unit: Policy No. 4 - The following classifications receive a monthly Auto Allowance as follows: 

 Classifcation Allowance        
 City Manager  $350.00 
 Assistant City Manager  $300.00
 Director of Administrative Services  $300.00
 Director of Community Development  $300.00
 Director of Recreation and Community Services  $300.00
 Director of Public Works  $300.00
 Chief Technology Officer/Dir of Info Services  $300.00
 City Clerk  $250.00
 Public Affairs Director  $250.00
 Senior Civil Engineer  $250.00
 Recreation Supervisor  $200.00
 Senior Recreation Supervisor   $200.00

 

Email hrlist@cupertino.org or more information regarding health benefits. 

Revised 1/25/2018

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