ANNUAL LEAVE (POLICY 310)
Annual leave is accumulative; the longer you’re employed with Cass County, the more leave you earn.
| Through 5 Full Years
|| 8 Hours
|| 12 Days|
| 6-14 Years
|| 12 Hours
|| 18 Days|
| 15 or more Years
|| 16 Hours
|| 24 Days|
Part-time and hourly employees earn annual leave on a prorated basis. A maximum accrual of 240 hours may be carried over to the next year.
CITY & COUNTY EMPLOYEES CREDIT UNION
Direct Deposit and/or a deduction from your paycheck to deposit into your savings account can be done at our credit union. If you have a loan payment to make at the credit union that deduction can also be sent directly to them through payroll deduction.
Direct Deposit of your entire paycheck may also be made to any other financial institution if you so choose.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION (POLICY 314)
Deferred Compensation allows county employees to set aside part of either before-tax/and or after earnings and accumulate a nest egg for retirement years. It is voluntary and handled as payroll deduction from gross salary.
Under Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, county employees are entitled to pay for selected benefits with pre-tax salary dollars. Under the Flexible Benefits Program, the following benefits can be pre-taxed:
- Employee contribution toward medical and life insurance premiums
- Medical, dental and health-related supplies and services not covered by insurance
- Daycare for dependent child, disabled spouse or dependent parent
FUNERAL LEAVE (POLICY 305)
Funeral leave will be granted to full-time employees. Part-time employees will be granted funeral leave on a prorated basis.
Up to 4 consecutive days may be granted, at the discretion of the department head, with pay as funeral leave in the case of death of the employee’s spouse, children, parents, brothers, sisters, grandchildren or grandparents.
Up to 2 consecutive days may be granted in the case of death of extended family members, listed in the Employee Handbook.
Social Service employees see the Employee Handbook for funeral leave granted.
GROUP HEALTH/DENTAL INSURANCE (POLICY 308)
Cass County is self-insured with Blue Cross/Blue Shield of North Dakota administering the health and dental programs. Coverage begins the 1st or the 16th of the month following 160 hours (1 month) of employment. The employee pays a portion of the premiums. Part-time and hourly employees are eligible to participate with the employee’s premium calculated on a prorated basis.
Employees who terminate employment may continue health insurance coverage through COBRA for a period of 18 months at the full premium plus 2%.
The official holidays for Cass County are ten (10) per year:
If any of the above fall on a Saturday, the Friday immediately before shall be a holiday. If one falls on a Sunday, the following Monday shall be a holiday.
Part-time employees who work at least twenty (20) hours per week shall receive holiday pay on a prorated basis.
Cass County pays for a $3,500 life insurance policy for each employee working 17½ hours or more per week. If desired, additional life insurance may be purchased by the employee at a very reasonable rate.
RETIREMENT (POLICY 313)
All new non-elected employees employed twenty (20) hours or more per week, for more than five (5) months per year, are required to participate in the North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS). Elected officials may apply for membership if they wish.
Cass County pays 12.26% of each employee’s gross monthly salary on each employee’s behalf. In addition, each employee pays 3% of their gross monthly salary. NDPERS provides for vested retirement benefits after three (3) years of service. If an employee terminates county employment prior to being vested, he/she is eligible to receive at least 4% of the contribution, including any accrued interest paid by NDPERS.
Licensed Peace Officers or Certified Correctional Officers are eligible for the NDPERS Law Enforcement plan. Cass County pays an additional 1.19% of the eligible employees gross monthly salary. Participation in the law enforcement plan allows law enforcement full-retirement benefits through NDPERS at 55 years of age.
SICK LEAVE (POLICY 312)
Sick leave will accrue at the rate of 8 hours per month for full-time employees. Part-time employees accrue sick leave on a prorated basis based on FTE percentage. Sick leave may be used for the employee’s own illness and for medical and dental appointments. There is no compensation for unused sick leave.
Family sick leave may be used to tend to the needs of certain family members who are ill or to assist them in obtaining medical services or other services related to their health or well-being. Family sick leave may not exceed one hundred sixty (160) hours per calendar year.
WORKFORCE SAFETY (POLICY 304)
All employees are protected by Workforce Safety against loss of income due to accidental injury and/or occupationally insured illness. If you should become injured at work, notify your supervisor and contact the Human Resources Office immediately, if possible, to complete an Accident Form and/or Workforce Safety form.