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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS NAVIGATION
 
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Benefits Overview
The Employee Benefits Web Site provides employees and prospective employees with valuable information about the benefits offered through the County of Orange.

This is a brief overview of the benefits programs offered by the County of Orange with links to the specific benefit programs for more detailed information.
 
New Employee Benefits Orientation:
Benefits Orientation for new employees.
 
Health Care Coverage:
The County of Orange offers health care coverage that allows active employees to choose from 4 health plans, 2 Preferred Provider Organization health Plans (PPO) and 2 Health Maintenance Organization Plans (HMO). The County pays 95% for your health insurance premium as a full time, employee only coverage. If you have dependent deductions or are a part time employee your bi-weekly deductions are taken on a before-tax basis which allows you to reduce your gross taxable salary by the amount of your share of dependent health premium costs.
 
Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts: 
The Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) and Dependent Care Reimbursement Account (DCRA) allow you to set aside before-tax dollars from each paycheck to help pay for unreimbursed eligible health care and dependent care expenses for you and your family. In most cases, you never pay taxes on this money.
 
Employee Assistance Program (EAP):
This assistance provides confidential consultation information and referrals for employees and employees' families who are facing personal problems. It is available 24 hours a day. For more information or assistance call 1-(800) 221-0945 or (714)978-7915.
 
Leave of Absence/Disability:
Click on the link directly above to access the presentation.
 
Defined Contribution Program (457 Plan):
The Defined Contribution Program is a voluntary, supplemental long-term retirement program that permits you, through payroll deductions, to defer (postpone, delay) some of your salary on a regular basis. Taxes on the money and earnings are deferred until they are withdrawn, at separation/retirement from the County.

Participants may defer up to $15,500 (for 2008) annually from their salary. The amount deferred is deducted before taxes to be withheld are calculated. Taxes are paid at the time the employee receives the money back, either in the form of an annuity at the time of retirement or when the employee leaves the County of Orange.

The County’s Defined Contribution Program is administered by Great West Retirement Services.
 
Retirement Plan:
The Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) provides retirement benefits for employees of the County that belong to OCERS. While you’re a member, both you and the County make contributions to the Retirement System. When you retire, you’ll receive a monthly allowance that is based on your tier (determined by your date of membership into OCERS), your age at retirement, your average monthly earnings, and your years of service.  If you require additional information about OCERS, call 1-888-570-6277 or visit the web site at www.ocers.org.
 
Retiree Medical Insurance Program:
The County of Orange offers a Retiree Medical Insurance Program which assists retirees with the cost of retiree health insurance premiums and/or Medicare premiums. Eligible retirees receive a monthly grant based upon years of service and age at separation.
 
New Employee Benefits Orientation

You are invited to attend a live New Employee Benefits Orientation. This orientation is conducted by the Office of Human Resources, Employee Benefits Division and will provide you with important information on your health plan options, enrollment and other benefit programs, including 457 Defined Contribution Program, Health Care and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts, and the Employee Assistance program. You now have the opportunity to learn about your benefits and the enrollment process before you attend a live presentation and/or receive your Benefits Enrollment Guide and Benefits Enrollment Summary from the Benefits Center.If you would like to take the opportunity to view this presentation on-line click here, click on either the County Employee or the Eligibility Workers/Craft and Plant Employee page to view your orientation.

New Employee Benefits Orientations are scheduled for the first Monday of each month, unless it is a Holiday, and then the New Employee Benefits Orientation will be conducted on the first Tuesday of the month. All orientations will be at 9:00 a.m., in the Hall of Administration, 333 W. Santa Ana Blvd, 2nd floor, Room 214/216.

 
2008 SCHEDULE
Monday, January 7th
Monday, February 4th
Monday, March 3rd
Monday, April 7th
Monday, May 5th
Monday, June 2nd
Monday, July 7th
Monday, August 4th
Tuesday, September 2nd*
Monday, October 6th
Monday, November 3rd
Monday, December 1st
 
Benefits Information

New Employee & New Retiree Orientation Schedule:
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Defined Contribution Web Site
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