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Centre County Government Benefits
You will find that Centre County has one of the best benefit packages in the area. The Human Resources staff is dedicated to keeping in touch with trends in benefits on both a local and national level, listening to employees' suggestions regarding benefits, and continually reviewing to ensure our benefits are of good quality and meet the needs of both our employees and our organization. Call (814) 355-6748 for more information.
  • Pay periods: County employees are paid bi-weekly. Direct Deposit is available.
  • Holidays: Eleven paid holidays.
  • Vacation (annual) leave: Full-time employees earn from 10 to 24 days annually based on years of service.
  • Paid sick leave: Full-time employees earn one day (7.5 to 8.0 hours) of sick leave per month, with the unused accumulation applying toward their extended sick bank. Employees may receive a cash equivalent of sick leave not to exceed 30 days or 240 hours upon separation of employment with the County.
  • Personal days: Full-time employees accrue two days annually. Part-time employees accrue one day annually.
  • Bereavement: Full-time employees may receive up to four consecutive days off for the death of an immediate family member.
  • Health care: Major medical benefits are provided, at a competitive cost to employees, for full -time employees and their eligible dependents. Following are a few brief highlights:
    • Medical: In-network physicians, $30 co-pay for family practitioners and $60 co-pay for specialist office visits; $250 deductible.
    • Drug plan: Co-pays for prescriptions ($4 generic preferred, $15 generic non-preferred, $45 preferred brand, $70 non-preferred brand, and 20% coinsurance for specialty pharmacy)
    • Vision plan: In-network annual eye exam provided at no cost. $75 annual allowance for contact lenses or $60 for eye glass frames.
  • Dental care: Full-time employees are provided 100% coverage of in-network annual preventive care exam; additionally, 80% of basic (comprehensive, Class II) procedures and 50% of major (non-routine, Class III) procedures are covered after a $50 deductible. Coverage is available for spouse and entire family up to a maximum of $1,000 coverage per person.
  • Life insurance: Full-time employees receive $20,000 life insurance at no cost
  • Short term disability (County Provided): Short-term benefits are available after a designated waiting period. 70% of the weekly salary is paid up to 26 weeks not to exceed $250 per week. Each claim must be approved by our STD insurance carrier.
  • Long term diability and supplemntal Short term disability: Long-term and short-term benefits are optional; employees must purchase. Discounted rates may apply through our Disablity provider.
  • Supplemental Life Insurance: Additional Life insurance for employees, their spouse and children is availble at great group rates through our supplemental life insurance provider.  
  • Tax deferred programs: Tax-sheltering programs through Nationwide or Valic are offered through 457B (Deferred Compensation) plans.
  • Retirement: For employees assigned to work 20 hours per week or more, participation in the Pennsylvania Local Government Employees' Retirement System is required. Employee's contribution is 5% of salary, which is tax deferred. After five years of creditable service, you become fully vested in the retirement system. An additional taxed contribution up to another 10% is optional. Upon retirement the County contributes an actuarially determined amount.
  • Employee Assistance Program: Available to full and part time employees and their immediate family members through Mazzitti & Sullivan EAP Services. Provides employees or family members a counselor at no charge for up to three sessions. It's totally confidential as required by both state and federal laws.
  • Tuition: If pre-approved, the County will pay 50% of the cost of registration and tuition. Reimbursement is made for program costs which are not paid through other sources (i.e. veterans benefits, subsidy, grants, etc.). Employees must satisfactorily complete the program with a "C" average (undergraduate course) or "B" average (graduate course). Certificates or licenses are reimbursed at 50% of total costs upon successful completion.

County Benefits listed above are current and subject to change at any time.