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Human Resources

Compensation and Benefits

Pay for Performance  Employee/Employer Contribution Comparison

Life and AD&D Insurance  |  Vacation and Leave  Retirement

Pay for Performance - Rewarding Excellence

Sedgwick County employees are evaluated annually by their supervisors based on job performance to determine salary increases within a predetermined range, as well as the need for corrective action. Performance-based merit pay rewards employees who go above and beyond to serve the citizens of Sedgwick County. However, an evaluation does not guarantee a performance-based merit increase.  Read the pay for performance policy.

The Sedgwick County policy on performance evaluation and performance-based merit pay:

  • Supports the county’s mission to motivate employees and encourage excellence in public service.
  • Provides for competitive and fair compensation, both internally and within the context of prevailing markets.
  • Recognizes the contributions of individuals, teams, departments and divisions for organizational success.
  • Provides equitable incentives and holds employees accountable for results by rewarding high performance.
  • Allows the county to attract and retain qualified and productive employees.
  • Is administered in accordance with the county’s financial resources.

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Employee and Employer Contribution Comparison

PHS/Coventry (pharmacy included)
  • Single/Per Pay Period = $9.72
  • 2-Person/Per Pay Period = $19.44
  • Family/Per Pay Period = $28.19
PHS Coventry Employer Contribution
  • Single/Per Pay Period = $188.37
  • 2-Person/Per Pay Period = $376.73
  • Family/Per Pay Period = $546.26
Delta Dental Rates
  • Single/Per Pay Period = $2.77
  • 2-Person/Per Pay Period = $5.53
  • Family/Per Pay Period = $8.31
Dental Employer Contribution
  • Single/Per Pay Period = $11.07
  • 2-Person/Per Pay Period = $22.15
  • Family/Per Pay Period = $33.24
Superior Vision Service Plan Rates
  • Single/Per Pay Period = $3.90

  • 2-Person/Per Pay Period = $7.56

  • Family/Per Pay Period = $11.12

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Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Dependent Life Insurance

All eligible active employees who enroll are given a basic Advance Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) policy based on their annual salary. You may elect to increase or decrease levels of coverage to fit your personal life/AD&D insurance coverage needs. Spouse and dependent life coverage is also available at an additional cost to the employee.

The Advance Dependent Life

Advance Life Insurance Co. Group #96124
1133 S.W. Topeka Blvd
Topeka, Kansas 66629-0001
1-800-530-5989 Customer Service

Vacation

Sedgwick County employees may accrue and spend vacation hours after the initial probationary period.  Refer to policy 4.700.

County employees working a 40-hour week with:

  • 0 - 5 years of continued services earn 96 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 6 - 10 years of continued services earn 120 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 11 - 15 years of continued services earn 144 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 16 - 20 years of continued services earn 168 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 21 + years of continued services earn 192 accrued hours of vacation per year.

Fire department employees working a 56-hour week with:

  • 0 -5 years of continued services earn 120 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 6 - 10 years of continued services earn 144 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 11 - 15 years of continued services earn 168 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 16 20 years of continued services earn 192 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 21 – 24 years of continued services earn 216 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 25 + years of continued services earn 240 accrued hours of vacation per year.

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) employees working a 42-hour week with:

  • 0 -5 years of continued services earn 100.8 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 6 - 10 years of continued services earn 126 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 11 - 15 years of continued services earn 151.2 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 16 - 20 years of continued services earn 176.4 accrued hours of vacation per year.
  • 21 + years of continued services earn 201.6 accrued hours of vacation per year.
Vacation Carry Over

The county will allow 20 days or 160 hours maximum accumulation of vacation leave to be carried forward into each year for 40-hour employees. Accumulated vacation over 20 days or 160 hours carried into the next year will be lost to the employee.

Fire district 56-hour employees will be allowed to carry over vacation accrued in the prior employment year. The maximum accumulation of vacation leave that may be carried forward into each year is 240 hours.

Emergency Medical Service (EMS) 42-hour employees will be allowed 168 hours maximum accumulation of vacation leave to be carried forward into each year. Accumulated vacation over 168 hours carried into the next year will be lost to the employee.

Sick Leave

The purpose of this policy is to provide paid leave to eligible employees who are unable to work because of illness, injury or disability. Taking sick leave under false pretenses is a violation of trust that is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal.

Sick leave begins to accrue from the date of hire for all eligible employees. Refer to policy 4.701.

  • 40-hour work week ................. 3.69 hrs maximum per paycheck
  • Sheriff (42.5-hour work week).......... 3.92 hrs maximum per paycheck
  • EMS (42-hour work week) ............... 3.87 hrs maximum per paycheck
  • Fire (56-hour work week) ............ 5.53 hrs maximum per paycheck

Authorized Leave

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Employees who have worked for Sedgwick County for at least 12 months (consecutively or non-consecutively) over the last seven years and who have been employed for at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months, are entitled to up to 12 cumulative weeks of family and medical leave per year.

FMLA Forms
Bereavement Leave

Sedgwick County provides an employee three days with pay for immediate family members, with authorization.  Click here to read the full bereavement leave policy.

Military Leave

Available to employees who serve with the U.S. Armed Forces. 

More policies regarding authorized leave can be found on the county's Intranet site (e-line) under personnel policies.

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Retirement

Sedgwick County participates in a system that allows employees to save for retirement based on salary, years of service and your age when you retire.  It is important to have multiple streams of revenue when you retire, and KPERS and KP&F serve as one of those streams for Sedgwick County employees.

Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS)

Membership in KPERS is mandatory after one year of employment. Four percent will be deducted from your gross pay. Upon obtaining membership, employees can purchase their first year of service and other service time (if eligible) toward vesting in the retirement system.

Tier 1 Members
  • Active members hired before July 1, 2009 who are:
  • Vesting for Tier 1 members is five years.
  • Tier 1 members contribute 4 percent of gross earnings and contributions earn interest annually.
Tier 2 Members
  • All members first employed in covered positions on or after July 1, 2009
  • Vesting for Tier 2 members is five years.
  • Tier 2 members contribute 6 percent of gross earnings and contributions earn interest annually.

Click here for more information about KPERS benefits.

Visit www.kpers.org to access your KPERS retirement account.

Kansas Police and Firefighter Retirement System (KP&F)

Membership in KP&F is mandatory from the first day of employment. Seven percent will be deducted from your gross pay.

Click here for more information about KP&F benefits.

457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan

The Sedgwick County 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan is a supplement to other retirement benefits or savings that you may have; this voluntary plan allows you to save and invest extra money for retirement ... tax-deferred!  Or, you can save in the plan with the Roth after-tax method.

Sedgwick County employees may participate in both employer-sponsored retirement plans and private investments.

To start your 457(b) account or change your deferral contributions, please contact our 457(b) representative with Great-West, Lisa Douglas at 316-268-4551 or lisa.douglas@greatwest.com. Lisa's office hours in the Division of Human Resources are every Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 10 a.m. and Fridays from from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 457(b) Plan website is www.sedgwickcounty457.com or you may call KeyTalk toll free at 1-800-701-8255, for more information. Simply use your PIN to register or if you need a PIN, call 1-800-701-8255 and select the menu option for customer service, then speak with the customer representative.

The standard annual contribution limit for the 457(b) plan is $17,500 ($653.85 per pay period for 26 bi-weekly pay). In addition, you are able to contribute an additional (1) $5,500 for a total annual amount of $23,000 if you are age 50 or older, or (2) an additional $17,000 for a total of $34,500 if you are eligible to participate in the “pre-retirement special catch-up" provision.

Read more about Sedgwick County's 457 Deferred Compensation Plan here.