Queen Anne's County is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package to employees. Full-time employees are eligible for all County benefits and part-time employees are eligible for certain benefits, usually on a prorated basis. Our benefits package includes:
Effective on the first of the month following employment, full-time and part-time employees may enroll in the Blue Choice Advantage plan offered by CareFirst which includes prescription, dental and vision benefits. Queen Anne's County is pleased to pay for 85% of the health insurance premium for full-time employees selecting individual, parent/child, self/spouse or family coverage. Premiums for part-time employees are prorated based on hours worked.
This plan provides an in-network benefit which minimizes your out-of-pocket expenses by offering many services with reasonably priced deductibles, co-payments and co-insurances, and freedom to visit in-network providers without referrals. This plan provides additional comfort with out-of-network benefits should this become necessary.
Full-time employees earn vacation time based on years of service as outlined below. Vacation leave is prorated for part-time employees.
- The first five full years of service 96 hours a year (8 per month)
- Between six and ten years of service 120 hours a year (10 per month)
- Between eleven and twenty years of service 160 hours a year (13.36 per month)
- After 20 years of service 200 hours a year (16.64 per month)
Employees accrue vacation time in accordance with this schedule from date of hire and may begin using this time following six months of employment.
Full-time employees earn 10 hours of sick leave for each full calendar month of employment. Sick leave is prorated for part-time employees. Sick leave can be accumulated toward the employee's retirement in that every 22 days of sick leave is counted as 1 month of service toward retirement. The County Allows transfers of sick leave from other Maryland government agencies.
Annually in January full-time employees receive 5 personal leave days (40 hours) to use during the calendar year. For employees hired mid-year, the personal days are prorated. Personal leave is prorated for part-time employees.
Full-time employees receive 12 paid holidays annually plus an additional holiday in an election year. Holidays are prorated for part-time employees. The recognized holidays are:
- New Year's Day
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- President's Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Columbus Day
- Election Day (when applicable)
- Veteran's Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Christmas Day
Queen Anne's County is a proud member of the Maryland State Employees' Retirement System. Employees working at least 500 hours per year are enrolled in the plan and contribute 7% of base salary on a pre-tax basis. Likewise, the County makes a mandatory contribution. Employees are vested after 10 years of service with full retirement benefits paid after the employee has a combination of years of service and age that totals 90.
The Law Enforcement Officers Pension System (LEOPS) is offered to sworn personnel working for the Queen Anne's County Office of the Sheriff. The employee contribution is 7% for the LEOPS plan.
To enhance retirement savings, employees have the option of participating in a deferred compensation program, also called a 457 plan. A 457 plan allows employees to set aside funds on a pre-tax basis for retirement. We are happy to offer 3 organizations from which employees can select to invest; VALIC, ICMA and Nationwide Retirement Solutions.
The County offers both healthcare spending accounts and dependent care spending accounts. The healthcare spending account allows you to pay for healthcare expenses not covered by your health insurance (regardless of whether or not you have the County's health insurance) on a pre-tax basis by reducing your earnings via payroll deduction. This provides federal, state and social security tax savings to you and your family. Examples of eligible expenses include:
- Contact lenses
- Deductibles / co-payments
- Dental services
- Eye glasses
- Qualified over-the-counter medications
Flexible Benefits Administration link: www.flex-admin.com
The dependent care spending account allows you to pay for dependent care expenses from licensed providers on a pre-tax basis by reducing your earnings via payroll deduction. This provides federal, state and social security tax savings to you and your family.
Full-time employees are provided free term life insurance coverage by the County. The coverage level is equal to one-times the employee's annual salary and increases using the following scale based on years of service up to a maximum of $150,000:
|Years of Service||Insurance Coverage|
|the first 5 full years||1 x annual salary|
|between 6 and 10 years||1.25 x annual salary|
|between 11 and 20 years||1.50 x annual salary|
|after 20 years||1.75 x annual salary|
In addition, employees have the option of purchasing extra life insurance for themselves and their dependents.
Employees may elect to participate in our voluntary long-term disability plan which pays for income replacement for up to two years should you become disabled and be unable to work for over 90 days. You can choose a weekly benefit amount from $500 to $6,000 per month (not to exceed 60% of weekly earnings).
Employees may participate in several AFLAC products to include short-term disability, cancer protection, and intensive care policies. Rates are based on the amount of coverage, salary and age. These are optional benefits.
The County also offers a Voluntary Universal Life Insurance with Long-Term Care and a Hospital Indemnity Insurance with a Critical Illness Benefit Rider. Both are available through Transamerica
Employees may participate in the group Blood Bank plan offered through the Blood Bank of Delmarva.
Full-time employees have the option of attending college to further their education. The County supports education by providing reimbursement for courses related to the employee's position up to $2,400 annually for undergraduate courses and up to $3,500 annually for graduate courses for employees who successful complete the probationary period.
Full-time employees and their immediate family members have access to an employee assistance program called Business Health Services www.BHSonline.com. This is a free, confidential service which offers assistance regarding:
- Alcohol or drug abuse questions or problems
- Emotional or stress related issues
- Family and dependent care needs
- Family or job concerns
- Legal and financial worries
- Smoking cessation assistance
The State Employees' Credit Union (SECU) offers checking and savings accounts, share drafts, new and used car loans, home mortgage loans and many other services.
Employees have the option of participating in a Christmas Club program through Queenstown Bank. Payroll deduction begins in October each year and funds are dispersed the following October.