Employee Coverage

Benefit Announcements

New Medical PlanNew 2015 Medical Plans

Washington County is committed to providing employees a competitive benefits package.  We also are committed to providing employees tools and information to make an informed decision.  Choose this link, to find detailed information on the new medical plans, what you can do to earn the Healthy Choices benefit level and FAQ's.


Health Benefits

Washington County currently provides medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your eligible family members.  Please refer to the plan summary for information regarding coverage levels and restrictions for each plan. Current premium contribution rates can be found by clicking here.

The following medical plans are available:

  • Providence Open Option Plan
  • Kaiser Plan

The following dental plans are available:

  • ODS Premier Plan
  • Willamette Dental Plan

Vision coverage is available through ODS Vision Plan.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP): This Program provides strictly confidential counseling (in-person or E-support) and referral services for all benefit-eligible Washington County employees and their family members enrolled on their insurance plan.

Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC): In compliance with the new Health Care Reform law, the County is required to make available a Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC), which summarizes important information about any health coverage option (medical and EAP) in a standard format, to help you compare across options. The SBC is available on the Medical and EAP pages. A paper copy is also available, free of charge, by calling 503-846-8686.

Benefits Orientation

Benefits Orientation provides eligible employees with an overview of the various benefits offered by Washington County.  Newly eligible employees will receive communication and pre-registration information prior to the next available session.

Orientation will be held 10-11am in the Sequoia Room (PSB 270), on the following dates in 2015:  

January 6th; February 3rd; March 3rd; April 7th; May 5th; June 2nd; July 7th; August 4th; September 1st; October 6th; November 3rd and December 1st.


Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)

Health Care and Dependent Care FSA: These voluntary plans are designed to provide you with tax savings on certain health care and dependent care expenses.  Annual maximum contributions for the plans are $2,500/year and $5,000/year, for the health and dependent care accounts, respectively.


Life Insurance

County-paid Life and AD&D: Washington County provides a certain amount of Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance for you, your spouse and your dependents.  The amount of County-paid coverage varies according to your bargaining unit, as outlined below.

Employee Group Coverage
Unrepresented (non-MAPPS) $10,000 Life
$10,000 AD&D
AFSCME, FOPPO & Teamsters $10,000 Life
$10,000 AD&D
ONA $10,000 Life
$10,000 AD&D
MAPPS 1x annual salary
WCPOA $50,000 Life
$50,000 AD&D
Certified Public Safety
$10,000 Occupational Life
Teamsters $10,000 spouse & dependents
All other groups $1,000 spouse & dependents

You also have the opportunity to apply for voluntary life insurance through Standard Insurance. 


Long-Term and Short Term Disability

Washington County provides you with Long-Term Disability coverage through Standard Insurance Company.  The benefit replaces 60% of your monthly salary up to a maximum benefit of $2,500/month.  Benefits start once you have satisfied the 90-day elimination period or exhausted your sick leave, whichever occurs later.  

You also have the opportunity to apply for and purchase upon approval, additional Long Term Disability coverage to replace up to 66 2/3% of your monthly salary up to a maximum monthly benefit of $8,000.

Individual Short-Term Disability plans are available through Unum annually at Open Enrollment.



PERS: If you are working in a PERS-covered position, you will be enrolled in the PERS program automatically after fulfilling the required waiting period (6 months for most employees).  If you have already satisfied the 6 month waiting period, then you will be enrolled immediately.  Most PERS eligible employees pay a 6% employee contribution.  The County "picks-up" this 6% employee contribution for members of Washington County Police Officers Association (WCPOA).

Deferred Compensation: If you are a benefit-eligible employee, you are invited to participate in the 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.  This voluntary program allows you to save money and defer taxes until you take distribution at retirement.  The County’s current investment providers are Great West and ICMA-RC. 


Paid Time-off Benefits

Vacation: All full-time (40 hrs/wk), regular employees shall be credited with vacation leave per the following schedule.  Part-time regular employees shall accrue vacation leave in an amount proportionate to that which would be accrued for full-time employment.  MAPPS (Management, Administrative, and Professional Personnel) employees are also eligible for Administrative Leave.

Length of Service Accrual/pp Days/year
1-130pp (1-5yrs) 3.69 hrs 12 (@8hr shift)
131-260pp (5-10yrs) 4.62 hrs 15
261-390pp (10-15yrs) 5.54 hrs 18
391-520pp (15-20yrs) 6.46 hrs 21
521+ (20+yrs) 7.38 hrs 24

Sick Leave: Full-time regular employees shall accrue sick leave at a rate of 3.69 hours per Qualified Payroll.  Part-time regular employees shall accrue sick leave in an amount proportionate to that which would be accrued for full-time employment.

Non-Represented Employees - According to Article 7.1.1 of the Washington County Revised Personnel Rules and Regulations, the following days shall be recognized and observed as paid Holidays:

  • New Year's Day (January 1)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (third Monday in January)
  • Presidents Day (third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • One Floating Holiday (must be taken during the calendar year)  

Article 7.1.2 Weekend Holidays: Except for employees in positions requiring continuous operations, when a holiday falls on Sunday, the following Monday shall be observed as the holiday; when a holiday falls on Saturday, the preceding Friday shall be observed as the holiday.  

Represented Employees - Holidays observed vary, refer to your Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Other Benefits:

Oregon College Savings Plan: For more information www.OregonCollegeSavings.com
College Savings Information           Enrollment Forms


Tuality Learning Tree: Washington County employees are eligible to accept a contracted discount rate and priority placement for child care at this facility.  More Information.

Employee Benefits Committee 

Employee Benefits Committee Information.  Click here.