Employee Benefit Program

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The City of Ocala provides a competitive, comprehensive benefit package for all full-time employees.

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A summary of our benefit program follows:

Deferred Compensation Plan

Deferred compensation is available to all full-time employees at the time of employment. This benefit allows the employee to defer income without paying taxes until money is withdrawn.Current plan is offered through ICMA, Adam Ferguson, 1-866-328-4672 or TIAA-Creff, Carolyn Robin, 1-877-358-4221.  For enrollment forms, please contact Human Resources.

Direct Deposit

Direct deposit automatically deposits your net pay each pay period to your checking or savings account at your own financial institution and is also available at the Employees Credit Union.  Direct deposit is a condition of employment for a person hired by the City.

Each pay period the employee receives an earnings statement showing gross pay, taxes, other deductions, accruals and net pay. Enrollment forms are available at Human Resources or Payroll.

Discounts - Theme Park

Discounts are available to all non-temporary employees at the time of employment at Human Resources:

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The Employee Assistance Program is available to all regular, full-time employees and their covered dependents, upon eligibility. If you are experiencing personal, family, marriage, drug or alcohol problems, call the Employee Assistance Program. It's professional and confidential.  They also provide legal and financial services.Coverage begins the first of the month following 30 days of employment.

Holidays, Vacation Days and Sick Leave

The City provides paid holidays and paid time off for full-time employees. Refer to the Employee Handbook for details.

Open Door Policy

Part of the Human Resources Department’s mission is to act as an advocate for all City employees and applicants without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, or handicap.

The open-door policy gives employees an avenue to discuss personal or job-related problems, when the problem has not been or can’t be resolved with the normal departmental chain-of-command.  (Employees are encouraged to resolve problems within the department whenever possible.)

Retirement Plan

All full-time employees, hired after 10/01/2013, are enrolled in the 401a Defined Contribution Retirement Plan with ICMA-RC. All contributions to the 401a Defined contribution plan are pre-tax and earnings grow tax-deferred. The City contributes 8% and employees contribute 3%. City contributions are 100% vested after six months of employment. You will be enrolled automatically and should take time to review your investment options at your earliest convenience. Employees can find detailed information about the investment options in the 401a booklet provided to you at your time of employment. Statements will be provided quarterly and you can track your account online at www.icmarc.org. You can contact our Retirement Plan Specialist, Adam Ferguson at aferguson@icmarc.org or 1-866-328-4672 to discuss your options in more detail.

Training Programs

The City is committed to provide training programs for all departments and all positions. Risk Management conducts classes in Defensive Driving, Safety, and Insurance. With rare exceptions, classes are offered during working hours, and are open to all eligible employees.

Tuition Reimbursement

All regular, full-time employees are eligible to participate in the tuition reimbursement program providing the employee has completed the six-month probationary period.

The plan pays for 50% of all out-of-pocket expenses incurred for tuition, registration, books, and laboratory fees, excluding monies provided from other authorized sources, up to $1000 per fiscal year.

Tuition Reimbursement Forms must be completed and approved by their cabinet member prior to beginning the course.  Forms are available in Human Resources.

Courses must be job-related or required for a job-related degree, and reimbursement expenses must be submitted within 60 days of course completion.  Colleges/Universities must be accredited by a regional accreditation organization.

Employees must successfully complete the course with a minimum grade of “C” or a “pass” on a pass/fail grading system.

U.S. Savings Bonds

U.S. Savings Bonds of various denominations may be purchased through payroll deductions, and all employees are eligible. Contact Payroll for enrollment forms.