The City of New Bern provides excellent compensation and benefits for
its employees. Some of the benefits are listed below:
The City of New Bern provides eleven (11) paid holidays
per year for its regular employees. Click here to view the holiday
Health and Dental Insurance
The city provides comprehensive
major medical and dental insurance coverage for all full-time employees.
Employees may elect coverage for dependents at additional cost through
payroll deduction. Coverage begins on the 1st day of the month following
sixty (60) days of employment. The health insurance includes a prescription
plan and vision care. Click here to view "Notice of Privacy Practices"
Workers' Compensation Insurance
All City of New
Bern employees are covered by the city for on-the-job injuries at no cost
to the employee.
Group Life insurance is provided to all
eligible employees at no cost to the employee. The amount of coverage is
one and one-half (1.5) times the annual salary
The City of New Bern makes several
payroll deduction programs available to its employees who wish to participate
in additional types of insurance programs; such as supplemental life, cancer,
Hospital Indemnity Plan (HIP), accident, intensive care coverage and short-term
Local Government Retirement Plan
become members of the State Retirement System the first (1st) of the month
following six (6) months of employment. Membership is mandatory and requires
a six percent (6%) contribution by the employee. The City of New Bern also
makes a substantial contribution to each employee’s
account. An employee becomes vested after five
(5) years of creditable service in the retirement system.
401(k) Supplemental Retirement Plan
401(k) is a supplemental
retirement program administered by Prudential Retirement. Participation
in the 401(k) program is an easy and voluntary way to accumulate money
for retirement via payroll deduction. The City of New Bern makes contributions
equal to 5% of salary to each employee’s
retirement account. There is no match required.
AIG VALIC 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan
may contribute a certain amount of their pay into the 457(b) Deferred Compensation
Plan. All contributions are pre-taxed.
Employees who are called to jury duty or
subpoenaed as a witness in a criminal or civil proceeding are granted Leave
Employees earn approximately eight
(8) sick leave hours per month, with no maximum accumulation. Upon retirement,
each twenty (20) days of sick leave benefits may be applied toward retirement.
Employees earn approximately eight
(8) annual leave hours per month. Annual Leave is pro-rated according to
years of service. Maximum accumulation of Annual Leave is 240 hours. Any
accumulated annual leave balance over 240 hours (336 hours for fire shift
personnel), as of the end of the pay period which includes December 31st, will be converted to sick leave.
Employees who are members of any branch
of the United States Armed Forces Reserves are granted up to ten (10) paid
working days per calendar year for military training. During this period
employees continue to earn and accrue benefits. Employees are entitled
to all job rights specified by the USERRA.
Funeral leave is granted the calendar day before the funeral, the day of the funeral, and the day following to all regular, full-time and part-time employees per occurrence for the death of the affected employee’s immediate family
Employee Assistance Program
The city provides
a Employee Assistance Program (EAP) which offers counseling for employees
who may experience problems in the areas of finance, mental health, health,
legal, marital and family problems, addictive behaviors, as well as drug
and alcohol abuse. This confidential service is free to employees and eligible
family members. The EAP includes up to three (3) counseling sessions per
Uniforms/Safety Equipment & Tools
of New Bern provides uniforms, safety shoes, and other necessary equipment
such as hard hats, hearing conservation equipment, and other tools to those
employees who require them. Employees who are issued uniforms, safety equipment
and tools are required to properly care for and return the items to the
city upon separation.
Regular employees may join the North Carolina
Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) for a nominal fee. Once an
employee joins the LGFCU, they may be eligible for low interest loans repayable
through payroll deduction, payroll savings plans, and other full banking
A salary increase is awarded at each increment
of five (5) years of full-time service with the city.
Employees whose work performance remains
at a meritorious level may be rewarded annually with a salary increase
as long as the program remains in effect.
COLA –Cost of Living Adjustment
Cost of Living
Adjustments may be given to all classified employees on an annual basis
dependent upon availability of funds and board approval.
Below are links that may be beneficial to City
(click on the logo to go to their website)
NC 401(k)-Prudential Retirement
North Carolina Retirement System
Integra - BMS
Local Government Federal Credit Union
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