Employees are the heart of Washington County. We believe in creating an environment where you feel empowered and have opportunities for growth and development. While you work hard creating innovative solutions, we believe in taking great care of you by offering access to exceptional health care and innovative benefits that protect you financially. Your family members matter to you, so they are important to us, too. That’s why many of our benefit programs are aimed at supporting you and your eligible loved ones through life’s various stages.


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 county provides a choice between a Kaiser (HMO) plan or Providence (PPO) medical plan.

Wellness Program: Employees qualify for the Healthy Choices Incentive by participating in wellness activities throughout the prior year. If a new employee is hired after the close of the Healthy Choices activity period they will be placed in Healthy Choices Incentive for the remainder of the benefit year. Employees will have an opportunity each year to qualify for the Healthy Choices incentive by completing select Wellness activities. Earning the Healthy Choices Incentive gives employees a lower employee premium share on their medical, dental, and vision plans for the upcoming plan year (5% versus 8% for employees who do not earn the Incentive).

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.


Health Care and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts: 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.

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.

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.

Voluntary Life Options: You also have the opportunity to apply for voluntary life insurance through Standard Insurance. You may apply for coverage up to  $300,000 not to exceed 6x annual salary and your spouse may apply for up to $300,00 not to exceed the amount of the employee voluntary life insurance amount.

Retirement (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 (six months for most employees).  If you have already satisfied the six 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.


Vacation: If you are a full-time (40 hrs/wk), regular employee, you will be credited with vacation leave per the schedule below.  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 360 hours. If you are a Management, Administrative and Professional Personnel employee, you are also eligible for Administrative Leave.

Holidays: If you are a non-represented employee, you receive 10 paid holidays per calendar year.

Sick Leave: You will accrue sick leave at a rate of .0462 hours for each hour worked. For sick leave accruals, hours worked includes any hours you are in paid status. The maximum sick leave accrual is 96 hours per calendar year. Any unused sick leave may be carried over and used in the following calendar year. Sick leave may be accrued without limit.

If you are exempt from overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act, you are presumed to work 40 hours in each workweek for purposes of sick leave accrual unless your normal workweek is less than 40 hours. In that case, sick time will accrue based on your actual normal workweek.

Other Benefits

Oregon College Savings Plan: For more information, visit www.OregonCollegeSavings.com

Oregon Military Assistance Helpline (ORMAH) – 1-800-511-6944
Cascade Centers, Inc. has 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) can be accessed by calling 1-800-511-6944 or at www.ormah.com.

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