Employee Benefits

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The City of Ventura offers regular status employees a generous benefits package. Benefits may differ by class and union bargaining unit.

Insurance

City employees may select from various health plans and two dental insurance plans. The City provides paid vision insurance for the employee and dependents and paid life insurance for the employee. Dependent health and dental coverage is available at a minimal cost to the employee. A city paid short-term and long-term disability program is also provided for some employee groups.

Retirement

All “regular status” employees become members of the Public Employee’s Retirement System (PERS).  No social security is withheld; however, employees pay 1.45% for Medicare coverage. ICMA Deferred Compensation Plan is available to regular employees.

Vacation

Accural rate varies by bargaining unit. Regular part-time employees earn at a rate proportionate to their regular work hours.

Holidays

Full-time employees earn twelve paid holidays per year. Regular part-time employees earn at a rate proportionate to their regular work hours.

Sick Leave

Accural rate varies by bargaining unit. Regular part-time employees earn at a rate proportionate to their regular work hours.

Optional Benefits Program

Each full-time employee shall be eligible to receive a monthly amount (dependent on job class and union bargaining unit) to apply towards a variety of optional benefits or to receive as salary. Regular part-time employees are eligible to receive optional benefit amounts proportionate to their regular work hours.

Other Benefits

An Educational Assistance Program is offered which shares the cost of university, college, and vocational programs related to an employee’s job or career. Reimbursement is 100% for tuition and books up to $2,500 per fiscal year. Employees’ paychecks are automatically deposited in the employee’s checking account by electronic transfer on each payday.

Wellness Program

A comprehensive program is available, including on-site gym, exercise classes, downtown/beach-walking routes, weight loss, and tips on nutrition and healthy lifestyle.