Possible gain or loss of certain benefits
Vacation and sick leave, and paid time off (PTO)
- Your paid leave time (vacation and sick leave, or PTO) may change with a job change.
- A change can depend on the date hired (not the date you changed jobs).
- A change can also depend on if you move to or from a union job.
Insurance, health care savings plan and disability
Benefits staff will contact you if your job change affects the following benefits.
Health, dental, vision and life insurance
All employees who regularly work 20 or more hours per week are eligible. Employees in certain unions (FF, NN, RR) may also take part in their union dental plan.
Health care savings plan
You take part in this plan based on your union or non-union position status.
Short-term and long-term disability
All employees who regularly work 30 or more hours per week are eligible.
Possible change in your job status
Exempt or non-exempt status
This affects whether you can earn overtime, comp time, etc.
Permanent or non-permanent status
- Permanent employees have no given end date, with certain rights non-permanent employees don’t have.
- Non-permanent positions include unclassified, limited duration, grant, and seasonal.
This may change based on job class and union or nonunion status.
Union or non-union status
This determines your paid leave program (sick leave, vacation and PTO), union dues, and other benefits.
Retention pay status
- Permanent employees may earn retention pay after five years of full-time work.
- If you change to a non-permanent position, it may affect whether you earn retention pay. Non-permanent positions include unclassified, limited duration, grant, and seasonal.
PERA (retirement plan) status
- Which PERA fund you contribute to depends on your job class.
- Most employees who earn benefits are required to take part in PERA.
Early Retiree Health Insurance Program status
- Eligibility may change when you change jobs or union status.
- The program allows a county contribution for health coverage as though the employee is actively working.
- Permanent employees who earn benefits may qualify.
- Other criteria includes age, years of service, and disability status.
Possible impact on probation, background checks and performance reviews
- The length of probation can differ by job class.
- Background checks and pre-employment tests may be required when changing jobs. These can include checks for criminal conviction, credit history, driver’s license, and background. They can also include drug test, medical exam, psychological test, or skills and abilities test.
- Performance review schedules can differ.