Employee benefits are a significant part of your total compensation. This summary is intended to help benefits eligible employees and potential employees understand those benefits.  This is only a summary and, as such, is not intended to override the plan contracts, County policies, personnel rules and regulations or bargaining agreements that govern these benefits.  Eligibility and waiting period (30 days for most plans) requirements apply.

Benefit Announcements

National Save For Retirement Week - October 19-25, 2014

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Washington County Benefit's has partnered with PERS and our deferred compensation vendors, Great West and ICMA Retirement to raise awareness about the importance of saving for retirement.Join your fellow coworkers and increase your knowledge and understanding of PERS (11:30am-1:00pm), deferred compensation (1:00-1:30pm), and other ways to improve your financial wellness.

Whether you are a new hire in the IAP program or an upcoming retiree in Tier 1, 2 or OPSRP this PERS presentation will provide a basic overview of these programs and information on benefit calculations and online Member services.

In addition, representatives from ICMA-RC and Great West Retirement will provide a short presentation regarding: enrollments, rollovers, annual maximums, and building your retirement security.

Plan to bring your lunch, take notes and ask questions after the presentation.Representatives from PERS and deferred compensation will be available until 3:00pm for drop in sessions.

  • When: Friday, October 24, 2014 11:30am-1:30pm –PSB Auditorium –Presentation
    • 1:30-3:00pm –PSB Auditorium –Drop in sessions (no appointment needed)
  • Who: All employees –including new hires and upcoming retiree

New 2015 Medical Plans

New Medical Plan
2015 Medical Plan Options

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.

The following medical plans are available:

  • Providence Open Option Plan
  • Kaiser Plan

The following dental plans are available:

  • Moda Health Dental (formerly ODS) Premier Plan
  • Willamette Dental Plan

Vision coverage is available through Moda Health Vision (formerly 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.

Current premium contribution rates are available by clicking here.


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

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.  The maximum accrual for vacation leave is three hundred and sixty (360) hours. 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 (10-15 yrs) 5.54 hrs 18
391-520pp (15-20yrs) 6.46 hrs 21
521+ (20yrs) 7.38 hrs 24

Holiday: Washington County has ten paid holidays for non-represented employees.

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. 

Other Benefits

Oregon College Savings Plan: For more information, visit

Oregon Military Assistance Helpline (ORMAH) - 1-800-511-6944

Cascade Centers, Inc. has announced that they have been awarded a contract to provide crisis line and resource services to ALL Oregon veterans, service members, and their families.  The new helpline is called the Oregon Military Assistance Helpline (ORMAH) and can be accessed by calling 1-800-511-6944 or by going online at

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