RISK MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
Kootenai County offers its employees a comprehensive benefits package. The following is a brief description of the benefits currently offered to
qualified employees of Kootenai County. In order to qualify for all benefits, an employee must be a regular, full-time employee (scheduled to work 35+
hours per week).
Employees working non-seasonal positions and regularly scheduled to work 30-34 hours per week may qualify for medical and prescription coverage
as required by the Affordable Care Act.
Medical Benefits - Employees become eligible for medical benefits the first day of the month following sixty (60) days of qualifying employment.
Premiums includes medical, dental and vision insurance. The rates per month are as follows and are pre-taxed:
Wellness Incentive Participants*
|Employee & Spouse
|Employee & Child
|Employee & Children
*Lower premiums are available to individuals who complete the requirements of the insurance premium
reduction incentive wellness program. In order to qualify:
- The employee and spouse, if they are on the plan, needs to complete an annual exam (covered 100% by the insurance company) and have the
Wellness Exam Verification Form completed.
- If the employee and/or the spouse use tobacco, a tobacco cessation course must be completed.
- Employees only must complete any one of a list of activities.
|Employee & Spouse
|Employee & Child
|Employee & Children
- Medical Insurance is provided by Regence BlueShield of Idaho.
- Deductible is $500 per member/$1,000 per family.
- Out-of-pocket limit is $2,500/member $5,000/family.
- Refer to the Regence Benefit Summary for additional information.
- Dental Insurance is provided by Delta Dental.
- Deductible is $50 per member/$150 per family.
- Maximum Benefit:
- $1,250 if your dentist is contracted as PPO with Delta Dental.
- $1,000 if your dentist is contracted as Premier with Delta Dental.
- Refer to the Delta Dental Summary Sheet for additional information.
- Medical Insurance is provided by VSP Vision Care.
- Co-pays are: $10.00 for the exam and $25.00 for the prescription glasses.
- Refer to the VSP Vision Insurance Summary Sheet for additional information.
- Prescription Plan offered through Regence BlueShield of Idaho, see www.regence.com
- Mail Order prescriptions plan is included.
An important part of our benefits packet is the Wellness Program which provides more fun, engagement, and
resources for employees and their family to achieve the greatest health. The goal is to provide a fun environment that contributes to better
health, which typically results in fewer medical claims, lower absenteeism, and higher morale.
Life Insurance/Long-Term Disability (LTD)/Accidental Death & Dismemberment (ADD)
- These services are offered by the County at no cost to the employee.
- Basic coverage of the Life Insurance is equal to the annual salary rounded up to a maximum of $100,000.00.
- Long Term Disability - 60% of your basic monthly earnings up to maximum benefit of $3,000 per month.
Employee Assistance Program
- Provides up to 7 free face-to-face counseling to employees and dependents for each issue.
- Toll free access to professionals.
- Refer to EAP Summary for additional information.
- Kootenai County employees whose work schedule is twenty (20) hours or per more per week are automatically included in the Public Retirement
System of Idaho (PERSI) Base Plan. This is a mandatory plan and is a Defined Benefit plan which means that the retirement benefit plan is based
on a defined formula.
- Both the employer and the employee contribute to the plan base plan. Contribution rates are set by PERSI.
- PERSI offers Choice 401(k) Plan which a voluntary plan.
- Refer to their website www.persi.idaho.gov for additional information.
- Flexible Spending Account - Allows you to set pre-taxed money aside for reimbursement of qualified health care and dependent day care
expenses incurred during the plan year.
- Supplemental Voluntary Insurance Products and Life Insurance.
Vacation leave is available to full-time, regular employees who have completed the equivalent of six months of full-time County employment.
Length of Service
Six months through five years
(180th day after date of
hire through last day
of fifth year)
Six through ten years
(First day of sixth year
through last day of 10th
year of employment)
Eleven years or more
(First day of 11th
40-hour Work week
4 hours per 2-week pay
period (104 hours per year).
See paragraphs V. B. and D.
6 hours per 2-week pay
period (156 hours per
hours per year)
8 hours per 2-week pay
period (208 hours per year)
35-hour Work week
3.5 hours per 2-week
pay period (91 hours
5.25 hours per 2-week
pay period (136.5 hours per year)
7 hours per 2-week
pay period (182 hours
- Sick leave may accrue to a maximum of 840 hours (35-hour work week) and 960 hours (40-hour work week).
- An employee is first eligible for the benefit upon date of hire. However, an employee only accrues sick leave if they work 70% of the pay period
or more (for example, seven (7) work days of a two-week pay period), including holidays.
- 3.5 hours are accrued per pay period for 70 hours worked per pay period and 4.0 hours are accrued
pay period for 80 hours worked per pay period.
The following days are recognized as County-paid holidays for qualified employees:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King Day
Third Monday in January
Third Monday in February
Last Monday in May
First Monday in September
Second Monday in October
Fourth Thursday in November
- Direct Deposit
- Military Leave
- Family and Medical Leave (FMLA)
- Worker's Compensation
- Paid Personal Time Off:
- Bereavement Leave - In the event of death in an employee's immediate family, the County grants up to three (3) working days for Exempt
employees and 24 hours for Non-Exempt employees with pay.
- Jury Duty - The County will pay an employee's normal earnings for the period of jury service.
Questions: Contact Employee Benefits at (208) 446-1643