City of Roanoke
Home

Jobs Home

Employee Benefits

Paid leave is time off from work available for use by an employee upon approval by supervisor. The first 24 consecutive leave hours for any illness must be charged to paid leave with additional time charged to extended illness leave. Paid leave for employees of the city shall accrue as follows:

Years of
Service
Hours Per
Month
Fire
24-hr shift Employees
0 - 110 17
1 - 512 19.75
5 - 1014 22.75
10 - 1516 25.50
15 - 2017 26.75
20 - 2518 28.25
25 - 3019 30
30 +20 32
    Extended Illness Leave: shall accrue at the rate of six (6) hours per month. Fire suppression employees shall accrue extended illness leave at nine (9) hours per month.

    Funeral Leave: for family, up to three consecutive days.

    Military Leave: Fifteen work days per Federal fiscal year.

    Holidays: The City provides 88 hours of annual paid holiday time.

    Health Insurance: Four coverage types are available: Family, Employee and Spouse, Employee and Child, and Employee only. Coverage is available through payroll deduction.

    Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
    (Key Care 20) 2014 Rates
    Bi-weekly
    Employee$ 18.78
    Employee/Child$ 92.06
    Employee/Spouse$ 233.86
    Family$ 237.15

    Dental Insurance: Four coverage types are available: Family, Employee and Spouse, Employee and Child, and Employee only. Coverage is available through payroll deduction.

    Delta Dental (Delta Premier)Bi-weekly
    Employee$ 1.40
    Employee/Child $ 9.44
    Employee/Spouse $ 9.44
    Family $ 24.68


    Life Insurance: Paid by the City at no cost to employees. Coverage is equal to the annual salary rounded to the next highest thousand and then doubled. For an accidental death, the coverage would be twice this amount.

    Optional Life Insurance: Paid by the employee. Various amounts of coverage, including family members, available through payroll deduction.

    Long Term Disability Insurance: Designed to provide a monthly benefit to assist employees with bills and maintaining a standard of living when disabled as a result of a covered sickness or injury. Coverage is available through payroll deduction. Annual cost is your annual salary multiplied by .00255. This amount is half of the total premium and the City pays the other half.

    Retirement: Employees contribute 5% of salary and choose between participating in a traditional defined benefit plan or a hybrid program. Employees vest in the employer component of either plan upon completing five (5) years of service:

    Defined Benefit Pension Plan: Normal retirement after 55th birthday, and when combination of age and creditable service equals 85; or, 65th birthday if completed at least five years of creditable service. For sworn officers in Police and Fire/EMS, normal retirement after 50th birthday, and when combination of age and service equals 75; or, 65th birthday or older with 5 years of creditable service. An annual retirement benefit equals 2.0% of salary (based on an average of the highest five years) times the number of creditable years with a maximum of 63%. Early retirement options are available and reductions may apply based on age and service.

    Hybrid Program: provides the characteristics of the traditional pension plan with that of a deferred compensation plan. The pension plan provides an annual benefit equaling 1% of salary (based on an average of the highest five years) times the number of creditable years with a maximum of 63%. The deferred compensation component provides for the employee contribution to be deposited in an account directed by the member. The combination of the two components is structured to provide approximately the same actuarial benefit as the Defined Benefit Pension Plan. International City Management Association - Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC) provides the third party administration of this deferred compensation plan for participating employees.

    Sheriff’s Department employees are covered by the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). Previous service covered by VRS may be portable to the Roanoke Retirement System.

    Retirement Health Savings Plan: All employees contribute 1% of salary to a 401(h) health savings account. Employees vest in the City match of 1% upon completing five (5) years of service. International City Management Association - Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC) provides the third party administration of this plan for participating employees.

    Deferred Compensation: Employees may voluntarily contribute salary deferral dollars into a City Sponsored 457 Plan. International City Management Association - Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC) provides the third party administration of this deferred compensation plan for participating employees.

    Flexible Spending Account: Allows employees to set aside pre-tax dollars from their pay checks to pay for certain healthcare and dependent care expenses. Employees may also participate to use pre-tax dollars for certain transit or parking expenses.

    Virginia College Savings Plan: Two plans to choose from at a reduced application fee, Virginia Prepaid Education Program and the Virginia Education Savings Trust.

    Employee Health Services: The City employee health clinic provides medical care for employees, retirees and eligible spouses.

    Employee Assistance Program (EAP): Support services available to assist employees facing life challenges.


    Pay Days: Direct deposit is mandatory for all new employees. Paid bi-weekly, 26 pay periods per year.

    Vision Insurance: Covered under the health care plan at no additional cost to employees. Includes discounts on eyeglass frames, eyeglass lenses and contact lenses.

    Discounts & Voluntary Benefits: By utilizing the Employee Self Service website, employees may access discounts through various national and local retailers. Discounts include 10% off auto insurance and 5% off home or renters insurance with Liberty Mutual. Voluntary benefits offered through Corestream include Critical Illness, Accident and Long Term Care Insurance. Payroll deduction provided.