The City of New Bern provides excellent compensation and benefits for its employees. Some of the benefits are listed below:
The City of New Bern provides up to twelve (12) paid holidays per year for its regular employees. Click here to view the holiday calendar.
Health and Dental Insurance
The city provides comprehensive major medical and dental insurance coverage for all full-time employees. Employees may elect coverage for dependents at an additional cost through payroll deduction. Coverage begins on the 1st day of the month following sixty (60) days of employment. The health insurance includes a prescription plan and vision care. Click here to view "Notice of Privacy Practices".
Workers' Compensation Insurance
All City of New Bern employees are covered by the city for on-the-job injuries at no cost to the employee.
Group Life insurance is provided to all eligible employees at no cost to the employee. The amount of coverage is one and one-half (1.5) times the annual salary
The City of New Bern makes several payroll deduction programs available to its employees who wish to participate in additional types of insurance programs; such as supplemental life, cancer, Hospital Indemnity Plan (HIP), accident, intensive care coverage and short-term disability.
Local Government Retirement Plan
Employees become members of the State Retirement System on the first day of employment. Membership is mandatory and requires a six percent (6%) contribution by the employee. The City of New Bern also makes a substantial contribution to each employee’s account. An employee becomes vested after five (5) years of creditable service in the retirement system.
401(k) Supplemental Retirement Plan
401(k) is a supplemental retirement program administered by Empower Retirement. Participation in the 401(k) program is an easy and voluntary way to accumulate money for retirement via payroll deduction. The City of New Bern makes contributions equal to 5% of salary to each employee’s retirement account. There is no match required.
AIG VALIC 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
Employees may contribute a certain amount of their pay into the 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan. All contributions are pre-taxed.
Regular employees who are called to jury duty or subpoenaed as a witness in a criminal or civil proceeding are granted Leave With Pay.
Employees earn approximately eight (8) sick leave hours per month, with no maximum accumulation. Upon retirement, each twenty (20) days of sick leave benefits may be applied toward retirement.
Employees earn approximately eight (8) annual leave hours per month. Annual Leave is pro-rated according to years of service. Maximum accumulation of Annual Leave is 240 hours. Any accumulated annual leave balance over 240 hours (336 hours for fire shift personnel), as of the end of the pay period which includes December 31st, will be converted to sick leave.
Regular employees who are members of any branch of the United States Armed Forces Reserves are granted up to ten (10) paid working days per calendar year for military training. During this period employees continue to earn and accrue benefits. Employees are entitled to all job rights specified by the USERRA.
Funeral leave is granted the calendar day before the funeral, the day of the funeral, and the day following to all regular, full-time and part-time employees per occurrence for the death of the affected employee’s immediate family.
Flexible Spending Account
A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a great way for employees to save money to use towards medical and / or dependent care expenses. Every dollar contributed to a FSA is on a pre-tax basis.
Employee Assistance Program
The city provides a Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which offers counseling for employees who may experience problems in the areas of finance, mental health, health, legal, marital and family problems, addictive behaviors, as well as drug and alcohol abuse. This confidential service is free to employees and eligible family members. The EAP includes up to three (3) counseling sessions per participant.
Uniforms/Safety Equipment & Tools
The City of New Bern provides uniforms, safety shoes, and other necessary equipment such as hard hats, hearing conservation equipment, and other tools to those employees who require them. Employees who are issued uniforms, safety equipment and tools are required to properly care for and return the items to the city upon separation.
A salary increase is awarded at each increment of five (5) years of full-time service with the city.
Pay for Performance Program
All regular employees will be evaluated annually. Employees will be eligible for one salary adjustment per year based on job performance as well as the employee's salary as it relates to the market. Annual salary adjustments will depend upon budgetary constraints.
Below are links that may be beneficial to City Employees:
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