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Benefits

Benefits are an integral part of the total compensation package offered to regular employees of Los Alamos County (LAC). LAC currently offers a very generous benefits program. Details are below. or more information can be found at the following link: 

Insurance 

AC pays 80% of insurance premiums for our employees and their dependents. 

Medical Insurance: 
LAC offers medical insurance coverage through BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD of NEW MEXICO (BCBS)

LAC has 2 PPO plans to choose from, which each have an individual deductible of $350 with a family deductible of $700 for certain services.

  • PPO Blue 35 plan has an office visit co-pay of $35 and a specialist co-pay of $50 per visit

  • PPO Blue 45 plan has an office visit co-pay of $45 and a specialist co-pay of $60 per visit.
     

Prescription co-pays are on a 3-tier plan:

  • Generic=$15

  • Brand Name = $35

  • Non-Formulary=$55

LAC Allow provides Dental and Vision insurance

Retirement

Pension: 

Los Alamos  County is part of the PERA retirement system.  This allows employees to retire at 75% of their salary after 30 years for a general employee, and public safety is 75% after 25 years.  


Employees are vested after 5 years of service and can retire with Rule of 85 or age 65 with 5 years of service. Public Safety is vested after 5 years of service and can retire at any age with 25 years of service or age 60 with 5 years of service. 

For employees hired before July 2013, there is a different retirement tier and percentage. 

Additional Retirement provided:

 

Instead of paying social security, LAC has the LA County Pension Plan.  This is a supplemental pension plan with contributions from LAC and the employee. LAC contributes 9% and the employee contributes 1% of the earned salary into an additional retirement fund.  This fund is allows the employee to invest into designated mutual funds.  

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AC pays 80% of insurance premiums for our employees and their dependents. 

Medical Insurance: 
LAC offers medical insurance coverage through BLUE CROSS BLUE SHIELD of NEW MEXICO (BCBS)

LAC has 2 PPO plans to choose from, which each have an individual deductible of $350 with a family deductible of $700 for certain services.

  • PPO Blue 35 plan has an office visit co-pay of $35 and a specialist co-pay of $50 per visit

  • PPO Blue 45 plan has an office visit co-pay of $45 and a specialist co-pay of $60 per visit.
     

Prescription co-pays are on a 3-tier plan:

  • Generic=$15

  • Brand Name = $35

  • Non-Formulary=$55

LAC Allow provides Dental and Vision insurance

Holidays

Los Alamos County recognizes 12 holidays, which employees are paid on or receive additional compensation if they work. They are:

  • New Year's Day

  • Martin Luther King Day

  • Presidents Day

  • Memorial Day

  • Juneteenth

  • 4th of July

  • Labor Day

  • Indigenous Peoples' Day

  • Veterans Day

  • Thursday - Thanksgiving Day - Closed

  • Friday after Thanksgiving - Closed

  • Christmas Day

Other Benefits

Employee Assistance Program: 


The Employee Assistance Program is a free, professional and confidential counseling program designed to assist employees and their immediate family member with anything they perceive to be a problem. Our current provider offers six sessions for free to assist with problem resolution. Additionally, resources are available for personal wellness, organizational development, and support of a healthy work-home balance.

Employee Wellness Program: 


LAC Employees are granted free general admission to the Larry Walkup Aquatic Center and are eligible for free aquatic classes. Employees are also granted free admission to the LAC Ice Rink (equipment rental fees apply). LAC Golf Course offers employees an eight nine-hole punch pass at a significantly discounted price. 

Other Benefits

Flexible Spending Plan: 


This plan provides a tax benefit in that it reduces your taxable income for the calendar year. 

Medical Reimbursement Account

  •  Tax Benefit – Reduces your taxable income

  •  $3,050 calendar per year limit 

  • Out of pocket medical expenses

  •  Use or roll over up to $610

 Dependent Care Reimbursement Account:

  • Tax Benefit – Reduces your taxable income

  • $5,000 calendar year limit 

  • Dependent care expenses

  • Use or lose

Tuition Assistance Reimbursement Program

  • Employee must have attained regular status, which means completion of the new employee probationary period.

  • Coursework must be in a field that will better your job growth with LAC. 

  • LAC may reimburse for tuition, fees, and books up to $5,000 per fiscal year

  • Must provide documentation of grade "C" or better

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