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Director of HR Services
Mary Martin Selby

Director of HR Programs
Scott Zaremba

Email Address
hrm@chesterfield.gov 

Mailing Address
Chesterfield County
Department of Human Resource Management
P.O. Box 40
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040

Street Address
Lane B. Ramsey Administration Building
Third Floor, Room 302
9901 Lori Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832-0040
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(804) 748-1551

Hours
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Human Resource Management
Employee Benefits Summary

Full-Time Employees

In addition to competitive salaries, Chesterfield is proud to provide our employees with the following comprehensive benefits program. Chesterfield offers one of the finest total compensation packages in the region. This schedule serves as an overview and does not provide all provisions, limitations, and exclusions. If there is a contradiction between this and the official plan documents, the plan documents will prevail.

Holidays - The County has adopted a standard schedule of holidays that include: 

  • New Year's Day
  • Lee-Jackson Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day After Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Paid Time Off (PTO)  

The Paid Time Off plan is a comprehensive program for full-time employees that recognizes the many diverse needs of employees for time off from work and also includes a short-term disability plan for income protection to cover periods of extended illness or injury. Hours accrued in the PTO plan may be used for any purpose when scheduled in advance or at times when unforeseen circumstances cause an unscheduled absence. For unplanned absences, employees must follow department procedures for supervisor approval.

PTO is accrued on 24 biweekly pay periods. Accrual is based on length of service with the county. Accrual rates and maximum balances may vary for public safety employees and executives.

Leave Donation  

You may be permitted to receive donated leave if you are unable to work due to your own serious medical condition or the serious medical condition of an immediate family.

Family Medical Leave (FMLA)  

You may be eligible to use up to twelve (12) weeks of job-protected leave under FMLA in a fixed 12-month period. In compliance with FMLA, you must have worked for Chesterfield County for at least one year prior to being eligible for leave under FMLA. Additionally, you must have worked a minimum of 1,250 hours during the 12 months prior to the leave in order for it to qualify as FMLA.

Civil Leave  

Paid civil leave is provided if you are called to serve on a jury or receive a subpoena, but not if you are a plaintiff or defendant. Paid civil leave is only provided if your court time is during a time when you are scheduled to work. If you need to take civil leave, notify your supervisor in advance.

Military Leave  

Military leave provides you with fifteen work days of paid leave per calendar year for the purpose of attending annual reserve military training or call to active duty. The paid leave is prorated based on the average number of hours worked per week.

Flexible Spending Accounts  

You may also wish to participate in County sponsored Flexible Spending Accounts. The County offers both the Medical Expense and Dependent Day Care Expense accounts. These accounts allow you to set aside pre-tax contributions, which you can use to reimburse yourself for qualifying expenses incurred during the current plan year.

Tuition Assistance  

You are encouraged to participate in courses, which will help you to maintain a high level of job performance. You may apply for tuition assistance for courses related to the business of your department, 12 months after your hire date.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)  

The County's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, voluntary and confidential program designed to help employees and family members resolve personal problems which impact job performance. The EAP provides you with assessment of problems, consultations and referrals to community resources when appropriate.

Health Insurance  

Participation in one of the county-sponsored plans is voluntary. The county offers a Point-of-Service (POS) healthcare plan as well as a High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account (HDHP). Copayments are required for certain services obtained under the POS and this plan requires members to select a Primary Care Physician. The HDHP is designed to empower you to take control of your health, including the dollars you spend on healthcare for you and your family. This plan gives you the benefits you would receive from a typical health plan plus healthcare dollars to spend your way. For employees who live outside of the Anthem Healthkeepers network the county offers a national Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) through Anthem. Employees may choose between five levels of coverage: employee only, employee and child, employee and children, employee and spouse, and family coverage. Premiums are deducted on a pre-tax basis from 24 of the 26 pay periods per year.

Dental Insurance  

Participation in the dental plan is voluntary. Employees have three dental insurance plans to choose from. Two traditional dental plans, one covers diagnostic and preventive care as well as basic dental services and in addition to these services the other dental plan covers major restorative dental services and orthodontia. The third dental plan is a Dental Maintenance Organization (DMO) that provides basic as well as most major services at a set copayment and also covers orthodontia. Whether enrolled in the Comprehensive Plan or DeltaCare, orthodontia is limited to a lifetime benefit of $1,500. Employees have the same five levels of coverage as healthcare from which to choose. Premiums are deducted on a pre-tax basis from 24 of 26 pay periods per year.

Long Term Disability  

You may elect coverage in a long term disability plan with The Hartford Insurance Company. The plan provides income protection for accident or illness that renders incapacity for a minimum of 90 days. This plan replaces approximately 65% of pre-disability income, not to exceed $4,000 per month, and is "offset" by any other sources of income to which you may be entitled. The maximum length of benefit payments is 24 months. The plan is 100% paid for by the employee on an after tax basis.

Life Insurance  

The County provides basic group term life insurance to employees through the Virginia Retirement System, and underwritten by Minnesota Life Insurance Company. This coverage is provided at no cost to the employee. For a natural death, the benefit is equal to the employee's pay (rounded to the next $1,000), and then doubled. For accidental death, the benefit is four times the employee's pay. There is no maximum limitation on this benefit.

Optional Life Insurance  

This program allows employees to elect up to four times their pay (not to exceed a maximum of $700,000) of additional life insurance. This plan also allows employees to purchase coverage for a spouse and/or children. A spouse’s benefit is up to one-half the employee's benefit amount. Coverage for children is $10,000, $20,000 or $30,000 per child. Some levels of coverage may require Evidence of Insurability and may be subject to limitations. Optional Life Insurance is 100% paid for by the employee on an after tax basis. Premiums for the employee and spouse are based on the age of the insured person and increase with age. Premiums for children are based on level of coverage and cover all children; there is no per-child rate.  

 Retirement 

Virginia Retirement System logoChesterfield County participates in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS) defined benefit plan. The plan provides retirement benefits for full time employees. Employees are in one of three categories: Plan 1, Plan 2 or Hybrid Plan employees. Plan 1 employees are employees hired prior to July 1, 2010 or hired after July 1, 2010 with prior VRS service credit and vested (5 years of service) by January 1, 2013. Plan 2 employees are those hired on or after July 1, 2010, rehired with no prior service credit in VRS, or hired before July 1, 2010 and not vested by January 1, 2013. Hybrid Plan employees are employees hired after January 1, 2014. Public Safety employees eligible for enhanced hazardous duty benefits are exempt from the Hybrid Plan.

All full time employees contribute 5 percent of their income on a pre-tax basis to VRS. The county also contributes a percentage of all full-time salaries to VRS. The percentage is determined biannually by VRS.

The Hybrid Plan is a combination of a defined benefit (pension) plan, and a defined contribution (retirement savings) plan. Of the 5% mandatory contribution, 1% goes to the defined contribution plan. Employees can voluntarily elect to contribute up to an additional 4% to the defined contribution plan, and receive an employer match of up to 2.5%.

Participants of VRS are vested once 5 years of creditable service are earned.

Plan 1 Retirement Benefit: The retirement benefit is determined by your age, highest 36 consecutive months of salary and years of service. VRS Plan 1 participants are eligible for full retirement benefits at age 65 with at least five years of service or at age 50 with at least 30 years of service. Participants may also retire as early as age 55 with at least five years of creditable service or as early as age 50 with at least 10 years of creditable service.

Plan 2 Retirement Benefit: The retirement benefit is determined by your age, highest 60 consecutive months of salary and years of service. VRS Plan 2 participants are eligible for full retirement benefits when the normal Social Security retirement age is reached and with at least five years of service credit, or when age and years of service equal 90. Participants may also retire early at age 60 with at least five years of service credit.

Hybrid Retirement Benefit: The retirement benefit is determined by your age, highest 60 consecutive months of salary and years of service. VRS participants are eligible for full retirement benefits when the normal Social Security retirement age is reached and with at least five years of service credit, or when age and years of service equal 90. Participants may also retire early at age 60 with at least five years of service credit. The percentage used to calculate the retirement benefit is lower than what is used for Plan 1 and Plan 2 employees. Employees use the defined contribution plan (retirement savings) to supplement their benefit.

Hazardous Duty Positions: Whether you are considered a Plan 1 or Plan 2 employee, VRS participants that are in hazardous duty positions are eligible for full, unreduced retirement at age 50 with at least 25 years of creditable service or age 60 with at least five years of creditable service. Those age 50 with at least five years of creditable service are eligible for an early, reduced retirement. Employees who have at least 20 years of hazardous duty service at retirement may be eligible for a hazardous duty supplement, payable from the time of retirement until their normal social security age.

Deferred Compensation  

The county provides employees an additional opportunity to save for retirement. Great-West Retirement Services is the county’s exclusive 457(b) deferred compensation plan provider which offers you the ability to make voluntary contributions towards your retirement income. Both full and part time employees are eligible to make contributions into the 457(b) deferred compensation plan. These contributions are made on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction.

Credit Union  

The Chesterfield County Employees' Federal Credit Union is a savings, checking and loan organization available to all County employees. It offers convenient transactions through payroll deductions. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact the Credit Union Office.

Long-Term Care Insurance  

Long Term Care is offered to Chesterfield County employees through the Commonwealth of Virginia Voluntary Group Long Term Care Insurance Program offered by Genworth Life Insurance Company. This benefit fills the gap of custodial care by paying for home health care, adult day care, assisted living and nursing facility costs, should you lose your ability to conduct daily activities. Employees are billed directly by Genworth.

529 College Savings Plan  

Chesterfield County employees can now enroll in the Commonwealth of Virginia's Section 529 college savings options: the Virginia Prepaid Education Program and the Virginia Education Savings Trust. These programs are administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan, an independent state agency. The 529 college savings plan application fee is reduced to $25.  


All Part-Time Employees

Deferred Compensation  

The county provides employees an additional opportunity to save for retirement. Great-West Retirement Services is the county’s exclusive 457(b) deferred compensation plan provider which offers you the ability to make voluntary contributions towards your retirement income. Both full and part time employees are eligible to make contributions into the 457(b) deferred compensation plan. These contributions are made on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction.

Employee Recognition Program  

Chesterfield County expects you to provide the best possible service to our customers. Toward this end, the County will recognize individuals and teams who demonstrate exceptional customer service, continuous improvement, and/or teamwork.

Credit Union  

The Chesterfield County Employees' Federal Credit Union is a savings, checking and loan organization available to all County employees. It offers convenient transactions through payroll deductions. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact the Credit Union Office.

Workers Compensation  

If you are injured while on the job, you may be eligible under the Workers' Compensation Program for related medical care and certain leave benefits during any period of disability, resulting from injury within the guidelines of Workers' Compensation. The County's Risk Management Department administers the Workers' Compensation Program. Immediately report any job related injury to your supervisor.


 

Part-Time Benefits-Eligible Employees

An eligible part time position is defined as a position for which the duties meet a permanent, ongoing operational need and for which the work schedule is expected to be at least an average of 24 hours per week.

Civil Leave

Paid civil leave is provided if you are called to serve on a jury or receive a subpoena, but not if you are a plaintiff or defendant. Paid civil leave is only provided if your court time is during a time when you are scheduled to work. If you need to take civil leave, notify your supervisor in advance.

Military Leave

Military leave provides you with fifteen work days of paid leave per calendar year for the purpose of attending annual reserve military training or call to active duty. The paid leave is prorated based on the average number of hours worked per week.

Flexible Spending Accounts

You may also wish to participate in County sponsored Flexible Spending Accounts. The County offers both the Medical Expense and Dependent Day Care Expense accounts. These accounts allow you to set aside pre-tax contributions, which you can use to reimburse yourself for qualifying expenses incurred during the current plan year.

Tuition Assistance

You are encouraged to participate in courses, which will help you to maintain a high level of job performance. You may apply for tuition assistance for courses related to the business of your department, 12 months after your hire date.

Health/Dental Insurance

Qualified part time employees are eligible to participate in the same county-sponsored health and dental plans as full-time employees. Part-time employees pay 100% of the monthly premium. Additional information on the health and dental plans can be found under the Full-Time Employees section above. Premiums are deducted on a pre-tax basis from 24 of the 26 pay periods per year.

Part Time Leave

Employees will accrue Part Time Leave (PTL) at a rate of four hours per pay period based on 24 pay periods. This time may be used to provide pay on County holidays, vacation and for absences due to illness, medical appointments or personal reasons.

Leave Donation

You may be permitted to receive donated annual leave or part time leave if you are unable to work due to your own serious medical condition or the serious medical condition of an immediate family member.

Family Medical Leave

As a part time employee, you are eligible under Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) if you have worked a minimum of 1250 hours during the previous 12 months.

Employee Assistance Program

The County's Employee Assistance Program (EAP), is a free, voluntary and confidential program designed to help employees and family members resolve personal problems which impact job performance. The EAP provides you with assessment of problems, consultations and referrals to community resources when appropriate.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Long Term Care is offered to Chesterfield County employees through the Commonwealth of Virginia Voluntary Group Long Term Care Insurance Program offered by Genworth Life Insurance Company. This benefit fills the gap of custodial care by paying for home health care, adult day care, assisted living and nursing facility costs, should you lose your ability to conduct daily activities. Employees are billed directly by Genworth.

529 College Savings Plans

Chesterfield County employees can now enroll in the Commonwealth of Virginia's Section 529 college savings options: the Virginia Prepaid Education Program and the Virginia Education Savings Trust. These programs are administered by the Virginia College Savings Plan, an independent state agency. The 529 college savings plan application fee is reduced to $25.