Below is a summary of the many benefits offered to Monroe County employees. Please be aware that all information on this page is subject to change without notice and not all benefits are offered to all employees. If you are hired for a position with Monroe County, you will be notified at the new employee orientation what benefits you are eligible for. This is not a guarantee of benefits.
Monroe County offers a variety of plans to choose from; including health, vision, dental and more.
Along with the medical plan employees are provided:
♦ $2,500 Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
♦ 20% coinsurance paid by the County
Flexible Spending Account
Monroe County employees have the option to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) administered through Beneflex. An FSA allows employees to save pre-tax for qualified medical expenses and dependent care expenses up to the limit established by the IRS.
Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
Monroe County employees that meet the qualifications are enrolled in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). This is an excellent retirement benefit that also offers disability benefits and a death benefit. Generally, an employee will contribute 4.5% of their gross wages, pre-tax, to their IMRF fund. The County also contributes a portion. Sheriff Deputies contribute 7.5% of their gross wages. For more information, visit IMRF’s website.
Nationwide Retirement Solutions
All employees have the option to enroll into the 457 Plan made available through Nationwide Retirement Solutions. The 457 Plan is similar to a 401K plan. Employees select the dollar amount they wish to have deducted from their paycheck, pretax and also decide how they would like their funds to be distributed. The Nationwide Retirement Solutions representative is on site once a year to discuss retirement options and is available for one-on-one appointments with employees.
Vacation and Sick Leave
Regular full-time and regular part-time employees are offered vacation time in order to provide opportunities for rest, relaxation and personal pursuits. All vacation eligibility is computed based on the number of continuous years of service and the number of hours an employee is scheduled to work.
Regular full-time employees are offered sick leave benefits to be used when the employee is incapacitated due to a non-work related illness, injury, or disability or to care for an ill/disabled immediate family member (as defined by the Monroe County Sick Leave Policy) and/or in conjunction with an approved family medical leave. Similar to vacation time, sick leave is computed based on the number of continuous years of service and the number of hours an employee is scheduled to work.
Regular full time employees shall receive holidays with pay each year as established by a Resolution of the Monroe County Board.
Employee Assistance Program
The Standard Life is a confidential service offered to employees to provide interventions for all employees and family members who are in need. These needs can vary from relationship difficulties, substance abuse, financial and legal issues, to lifestyle challenges.
Family Medical Leave
Employees of Monroe County are eligible for Family Medical Leave as long as they meet all the requirements as defined by the Family Medical Leave Act. For more information about the Family Medical Leave Act, please visit the Department of Labor’s website.