Employee Benefits Summary Sheet

It is the policy of Northwestern Community Services (NWCS) to offer a comprehensive and competitive package for its employees. A summary of major employee benefits follows:

1. Medical Insurance Benefit Plan:

Under this plan, the Board makes a monthly contribution to the employee’s insurance premium account. The employee then will have the balance of the insurance premium deducted from his/her monthly salary on a pre-tax dollar basis. This is available to all full-time employees and part-time employees working at least 60% + hours. The employee may choose to refuse this medical insurance benefit and therefore will forfeit the monthly contribution by the employer.

2. Optional Sheltered Plans (Pre-Taxed Withholdings):
Under this plan, the employee can contribute pre-tax dollars from his/her salary to be placed in one or more benefit options. This is available to all full-time employees and part-time employees working at least 60% + hours.

Options available under this plan include:
  • Dental Plan
  • AFLAC – Cancer Care
  • AFLAC – Intensive Care
  • Medical Expense Reimbursement Account
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Account
  • Retirement Account (other than Virginia Retirement System)
3. Retirement:
The full cost of contributions to VRS is paid by NWCS for full-time employees. The VRS member must have five (5) years of service credit to be vested. Disability Retirement benefits are also available through VRS. The employee is eligible to participate in the Virginia Retirement System upon completing their probationary period.

4. Paid Leave:

Annual leave is earned on a monthly basis and the amount that is earned increases based on the length of employment with the Agency.

Length of Service Monthly Amt Earned Days Per Year Max Carry Over
1 thru 24 months 7.5 hours 12 75
25 thru 60 months 9.5 hours 15 90
61 thru 108 months 11.25 hours 18 113
109 thru 168 months 13.25 hours 21 128
169 months plus 15.5 hours 25 150

Sick leave:For employees who will be enrolled in VRS 1 or VRS 2, sick leave is accrued at the rate of 9.5 hours per month of service, regardless of the length of service. For employees who will be enrolled in VRS Hybrid Plan, sick leave is accrued at the rate of 4 hours per month, regardless of the length of service. This VRS Hybrid Plan includes a Short Term and a Long Term disability benefit that VRS 1 and VRS 2 does not include. VRS determines which plan an employee will be enrolled.

Holidays observed by NWCS are as follows:

Personal Days: Upon an employee’s anniversary date, they are granted three (3) personal holidays per year.

Part-time employees working at least 60% of the full-time work hours receive 50% of leave benefits.

5. Thirty-seven and one-half (37.5) hour work week:

Employees may choose one of the following options to work:
  • 8:30 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. with a one-hour lunch break
  • 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. with a half hour lunch break; or
  • 9:00 A.M. until 5:30 with a one-hour lunch break.
  • (direct service and support staff may work 12:30 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. one day per week with a one-hour lunch break).

6. Life Insurance:

The full cost of life insurance for the employee member of VRS is paid by NWCS. However, the employee may choose to purchase life insurance for family members via a monthly payroll deduction.

7. Workers’ Compensation:

This insurance policy subscribed to by the Board, provides salary compensation when disabling on-the-job injuries occur. The policy also covers health care costs resulting from on-the-job injuries.

8. Professional Liability Insurance:

NWCS purchases insurance that provides coverage for claims against the employee in the course of his/her work.