Employee Benefits

HEALTH INSURANCE

St. Tammany Parish Government is pleased to offer a generous insurance benefits package. Premiums for the employee’s health, dental, tele-medicine, basic life insurance, short term disability, and long term disability are paid 100% by the Parish. Spouses and children of employees may also be covered on these Parish insurances through payroll deduction. A menu of additional benefits are also offered at the option and expense of employees through payroll deduction: insurance for vision, voluntary life, and other supplemental insurances including additional short term disability, critical care, cancer, hospitalization and additional life policies. Employees may also choose to have tax-friendly flexible spending accounts for both dependent care and for medical expenses. Eligibility for these benefits begins the 1st of the month following 60 days of employment.

RETIREMENT 

All regular full-time employees participate in the Parochial Employees’ Retirement System of Louisiana. Retirement benefits are funded through payroll by employer and employee contributions. While earnings are not covered under Social Security during Parish employment, this retirement plan, which is a defined benefit plan, is rich by comparison. Participation begins on the date of hire, and vesting occurs after seven years of service. The formula to determine the annual retirement benefit is
3% x years of creditable service x final average compensation.

To be eligible to receive retirement benefits, new employees must meet these requirements:

  • 07 years of creditable service and age 67, or
  • 10 years of creditable service and age 62, or
  • 30 years of creditable service and age 55.

ANNUAL LEAVE

The awarding of Annual Leave begins on January 1 or upon the successful completion of a new employee's probationary period. Employees with less than one year of service are awarded one day for each month remaining in that calendar year ending December 31, up to a maximum of nine work days. Partial months are not included in the calculations. Annual leave should be used in the calendar year it is awarded. If Annual Leave is not used in the calendar year it is awarded, it may be converted to accrued leave and carried over from year to year, up to a total of 240 accumulated hours, including previously accrued leave. Any remaining unused Annual Leave that exceeds the 240 hour cap is forfeited.

Years of Service on January 1  Annual Leave Awarded in Days Annual Leave Earned Awarded in Hours (75 Hr. Schedule Annual Leave Earned Awarded in Hours (80 Hr. Schedule)
Less than 2 10 75 80
2 through 6 13 97.5 104
6 through 12 17 127.5 136
12 through 18 21 157.5 168
18 or more 23 172.5 184

SICK LEAVE (based on a bi-weekly accrual rate)

Sick Leave Earned Sick Leave Earned Each Pay Period 75 Hours Worked Sick Leave Earned Each Pay Period 80 Hours Worked Total Annual days Earned Per Year
0.0346154 per hour 2.5961538 2.7692308 9

PAID HOLIDAYS 

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Mardi & Lundi Gras
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Eve

DEFERRED COMPENSATION PLAN (457) (Optional)

In addition to the retirement plan, St. Tammany Parish Government provides the option for employees to invest a portion of his/her present earnings in a tax deferred compensation plan.