The Employee Benefits Unit administers the medical benefits, including the prescription drug, dental and vision plans for some 4,000 non-represented employees and some 2,300 represented employees who have chosen not to participate in the union medical plans. Since 1986 the Unit has administered the federally mandated COBRA program that requires employers continue medical coverage for employees (and their dependents) leaving City service, who elect coverage.
The Employee Benefits Unit has, since 1984, administered a cafeteria plan for its non-represented employees that includes such options as various types and levels of life insurance, vacation trade, Sick leave Reduction incentives, Flexible Spending Accounts (health and child care) and long term disability.
In addition, the Unit administers life insurance plans for all active non-uniformed employees and all retirees as well as maintain beneficiary data on all retirees.
The Benefits Unit administers the unemployment compensation benefits program that provides monetary awards to employees who have left City service and meet certain eligibility requirements.
Finally, the Benefits Unit administers the City's Regulation 32 program, by interviewing and counseling employees with service connected disabilities, and either attempting to place these employees in secondary jobs if they are interested, or processing them on to Pensions.