The City of Greenville offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to provide a variety of choices to best fit the needs of our employees and their families.
An employee’s deductions for medical and dental premiums, flexible spending accounts, deferred compensation, and the City’s retirement plans are all taken on a pre-tax basis. This means that before federal, state, and Social Security taxes are calculated and deducted from an employee’s pay, these deductions are used/taken to reduce gross pay and thereby reduce taxes.
- Insurance Options
- Leave & Holiday Benefits
- Retirement Benefits
- Awards & Recognition
- Other Benefits & Opportunities
- Medical Insurance is available to all eligible full-time and permanent part-time employees and their eligible dependents. The City shares the cost with the employee.
- Dental Insurance is available to all eligible full-time and permanent part-time employees and their eligible dependents. The City shares the cost with employees.
- Basic Life Insurance: The City of Greenville provides all eligible full-time employees $25,000 basic group term life, basic accidental death, and dismemberment effective the first day of the month following their hire date. The City pays the premium for this benefit.
- Voluntary Supplemental Life Insurance: Eligible employees may also enroll in an optional life insurance program. Employees may purchase additional amounts of coverage on themselves (available in $10,000 increments from $10,000 up to $100,000).
- Long-Term Disability coverage provides income protection of 60% of an employee’s monthly salary after 90 calendar days of approved disability. The City pays 60% of the premium.
- Short-Term Disability: This coverage provides income protection of 60% of an employee’s weekly earnings after 15 calendar days of approved disability.
Leave & Holiday Benefits
- General Leave is earned/accrued biweekly by all regular, full-time and permanent part-time employees as a percentage of normal work hours.
- Funeral Leave is provided to all regular, full-time employees in the case of death of an immediate family member.
The City of Greenville offers 11 paid holidays:
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King Day
- President's Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Day Before Christmas
- Christmas Day
- Floater Holiday
South Carolina Retirement System
The City of Greenville is a member of the South Carolina State (SCRS) and Police Officers (PORS) defined benefit Retirement Systems. All full-time and permanent part-time employees are required by state law to contribute to the system through payroll deductions.
Civilian Employees Class II
Those with a membership date in the SCRS on or before June 30, 2012 may retire and be eligible to receive vested benefits if the member:
- Has at least 5 years of service in the SCRS upon reaching 65 years of age, or
- Has attained 28 years of service
Civilian Employees Class III
Those with a membership date in the SCRS on or after July 1, 2012 may retire and be eligible to receive vested benefits if the member meets these three conditions:
- Has 8 or more years of earned service in the system
- Has reached age 65 (or age 60 with a 5% reduction for each year the member retirees before age 65) or has satisfied the Rule of 90 (i.e., the employee’s age and years of service equals 90)
- Has separated from service
Sworn Police SC PORS Class II
Officers with a membership date in the PORS on or before June 30, 2012 are eligible to retire and receive vested benefits if the member:
- Has completed 25 years of service in the retirement system, or
- Has attained age 55 with 5 or more years of service in the system
Sworn Police SC PORS Class III
Officers with a membership date on or after July 1, 2012 are eligible to retire and receive vested benefits if the member meets these three conditions:
- Has 8 years or more of earned service in the system
- Has reached the age of 55 or has 27 years of service credit
- Has separated from service
Sworn firefighters must participate in the Firemen’s Pension Fund to be vested in City contributions. Members have a vested interest in the retirement plan of 10% after 10 years of service. The vested retirement benefits are paid at the normal retirement age of 55.
Employee Recognition & Awards
To further recognize those employees who have set examples of performance worthy of emulation by others, the City has established the Employee Recognition & Awards (ER&A) Program. The awards are presented to recipients at the City’s annual departmental awards celebrations. A committee made up of staff from each department decides how awards will be given.
Employee Service Awards
The service awards program recognizes and commends the long-term commitment that loyal employees have made to the City, recognizing that much of the City’s organizational history resides with these employees.
All regular, full-time and permanent part-time employees of the City of Greenville are recognized with a service award and a one-time lump sum longevity bonus, added to one’s payroll check at each consecutive 5th year anniversary.
All City employees are covered under the provisions of the Workers' Compensation Act. This act provides monetary protection for the employee and his or her dependents in the event of injury or death while conducting work for the City.
Employees of the City of Greenville have the option of contributing on a payroll deduction basis to the State Deferred Compensation System's 401(k) or 457(b) plans. These plans offer long-term, tax-deferred savings. These programs allow an employee to defer current income in order to provide additional income upon retirement. These plans are voluntary and enrollment or changes are allowed on an ongoing basis. The City does not contribute towards these plans.
Flexible Spending Accounts
The City of Greenville offers flexible spending accounts (FSA). FSAs allow employees to pay for out-of-pocket health and dependent daycare expenses with pre-tax dollars. This means that before federal, state, and Social Security taxes are calculated and deducted from pay, the FSA funds are taken to reduce the employees' gross pay, thereby lowering the taxable income.
Employee Assistance Program
When personal concerns become overwhelming and affect an employee's happiness, family relations, performance at work, and even health, professional help is needed. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers counseling, education, and referral services to employees and their eligible dependents. The EAP's internal and external counselors provide free, professional counseling services that are strictly confidential.