Employee Benefits

HOURS
The Town's business operating hours are 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. Work hours may vary according to the department's work schedule.

GROUP HEALTH AND HOSPITALIZATION COVERAGE
The Town provides group health and hospitalization insurance for regular full-time and part-time employees*. Employees may purchase dependent coverage through the Town's group health plan, but the employee assumes the majority of the cost for dependent coverage.

DENTAL COVERAGE
The Town provides dental coverage for regular full and part-time employees*. Dependent coverage is available but the employee assumes the entire cost for dependent coverage.

LIFE INSURANCE
The Town provides a life insurance policy in amount equal to one times salary to all regular full-time and part-time employees. In addition, after completing one year of employment, a death benefit is provided through the North Carolina Local Government Employees’ Retirement System. The payment equals the highest 12 months of salary in a row during the 24 months prior to death, but no less than $25,000 and no more than $50,000. Also, employees may purchase supplemental life insurance coverage through UNUM.

FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNTS
All employees are offered the option of participating in flexible spending accounts which provides a way to save federal, state and social security taxes on eligible medical and dependent care expenses.

SHORT TERM DISABILITY (Voluntary Coverage)
Employees may voluntarily purchase short-term disability insurance through UNUM. The short term disability plan applies to injuries and illness which occur outside the workplace. Employees receive a benefit amount of 60% of their salary, up to $700 per week. Benefits begin after a 14 day waiting period. Benefits last for a duration of up to 24 weeks

RETIREMENT
Each employee who is expected to work for the Town more than 1,000 hours annually will join the North Carolina Government Retirement System when eligible as a condition of employment starting the first day of employment. A six percent (6%) employee contribution is deducted from pay for the retirement plan. An employee becomes vested in the retirement plan after 5 years of contributing service.

The Town contributes 5% toward a 401K supplemental retirement plan. Employees are immediately vested in the 401K plan. Employees may elect to make voluntary contributions to this plan.

HOLIDAYS
The policy of the Town is to follow the holiday schedule provided by the state of North Carolina. In order to receive a paid holiday, an employee must have worked the day before and the day after the holiday(s), or have been given approved leave. 11 or 12 paid holidays will be granted depending on the year and date in which the holiday falls. Employees required to work a holiday are provided with holiday premium pay for all hours worked.

VACATION
Paid vacation is granted to all regular employees. The vacation earning rate for full-time employees is as follows:

Years of Service
Hours Accrued Per Year
Less than 2 years
80
2 through 4
96
5 through 9
120
10 through 14
144
15 through 19
160
20 plus
192


SICK LEAVE

Town employees are granted 12 paid sick leave days per year.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
The Town of Apex provides employees and family members with confidential counseling to help resolve problems that may impact their work or personal lives. This is a free service.

TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Tuition assistance is available to those employees who have completed the initial probation and wish to further their education and training. Employees may receive financial assistance up to $1,000 per fiscal year for courses relating to their present job or to a future position with the Town of Apex.

LONGEVITY PAY
The Town offers longevity pay to recognize and reward the total years of service as a regular employee. Longevity pay is a lump sum payment given once a year. Payments are made in the following amounts:

Years of Service
Longevity Amount
2 through 4 years
$100
5 through 9 years
$300
10 through 19 years
$500
20 plus years
$700


WORKERS COMPENSATION

All Town employees (full-time and part-time) are covered under the North Carolina Worker's Compensation Act. This act covers those employees who suffer injuries as a result of an accident while performing duties. Responsibility for claiming compensation under the Workers Compensation Act is on the injured employee, and such claims must be filed by the employee with the North Carolina Industrial Commission within two years from the date of injury.

CREDIT UNION
All employees have the option of joining the North Carolina Local Government Employees' Credit Union. In order to retain membership in the Credit Union, employees must have a minimum of $25 on deposit.

* Benefits for part-time employees are pro-rated based on a 40 hour work week.

Part-Time Employees
Benefits for part-time employees are prorated based on a 40 hour work week.