Ward County Benefits
WARD COUNTY EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Administered by North Dakota Public Employees Retirement System (NDPERS). Total contribution towards the main retirement for full-time employees is 15.26%, broken down as follows: 13.26% contributed by Ward County and 2.00% paid by the employee through payroll deduction.
Law Enforcement Employees also have a retirement plan administered by NDPERS. The total contribution towards the main retirement for full-time law enforcement employees is 16.45%, broken down as follows: 15.95% contributed by Ward County and 0.50% paid by the employee through payroll deduction.
Ward County pays 100% of the premiums for our employees and qualifying family members. Our current insurance carrier is NDPERS Sanford Health.
Ward County pays for a $7,000 basic life insurance plan for the employee, underwritten by Voya. The employee has the option to purchase additional life insurance for himself/herself, a spouse, and/or dependent(s) at an additional cost to the employee per pay period.
WORKER'S COMPENSATION INSURANCE
All employees are protected by Workforce Safety against loss of income due to accidental injury and/or occupationally insured illnesses. If you should become injured at work, notify your supervisor and/or contact the Human Resources Department to complete an Accident Form and/or Workforce Safety form.
|Through 3 Years||8 Hours/month||12 Days/year|
|4 Years thru 7 years||10 Hours/month||15 Days/year|
|8 years thru12 years||12 hours/ month||18 Days/year|
|13 years thru 18 years||14 Hours/month||21 Days/year|
|19 years thru separation of employment||16 Hours/month||27 Days/year|
Sick leave will accrue at the rate of 8 hours per month for full-time employees. Sick leave may be used for the employee’s own illness, appointments, or for a dependent's.
Funeral leave is an approved leave of absence, with pay, of up to twenty-four (24) working hours, provided to an employee to attend or make arrangements for a funeral, as a result of a death in the employee’s family or in the family of an employee’s spouse.
Funeral leave is not considered annual or sick leave. The leave may be granted even if the absence interferes with the normal operations of the department. Family means spouse, son, daughter, father, mother, stepparents, brother, sister, grandparents, grandchildren, stepchildren, foster parents, foster children, father-in-law, mother-in-law, daughter-in-law, nephew, niece, and/or son-in-law.
There are ten (10) official paid holidays for Ward County per year:
|New Year's Day||Labor Day|
|President's Day||Veterans Day|
|Memorial Day||The Day After Thanksgiving|
| Fourth of July||Christmas Day|
DENTAL, VISION, AND OTHER VOLUNTARY BENEFITS
Voluntary benefits are not funded by Ward County, but employees may enroll and pay through payroll deduction.
Ward County's 457 Deferred Retirement plan is managed by Nationwide. Our qualifying plan allows you to defer a portion of your taxes on earned income until a time in the future when you elect to withdraw it.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS (at no cost to employee):
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through The Village Family Service Center is available to assist employees with mental health and other behavioral health needs.