Benefits

Vacation Leave

Regular full time non-union employees are entitled to accrue vacation leave based on years of employment. New employees shall accrue vacation leave at a rate of  6 2/3 hours per month which is equivalent to two weeks of vacation per year.

Beginning in the employee's sixth year of employment, the employee will receives three weeks of vacation per year. Beginning in the employee's fifteenth year of employment, the employee receives four weeks of vacation per year. Non-union employees are allowed to accrue up to two times his or her yearly allowance for vacation leave.

Holidays

Regular full time non-union employees receive the following paid holidays per year:

New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Friday after Thanksgiving
1/2-Day Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
3 Days, Floating Holiday

Note: Some departments/positions may be required to work holidays

Medical Leave

Medical leave is provided so the employee will not suffer financially because of an inability to work due to illness or injury.

Full-time employees accrue medical leave at the rate of eight hours per month of service. Medical leave may be accrued up to a maximum of 1060 hours.

Pay Information

Employees have their paycheck directly deposited into a checking or savings account at the bank of his/her choice. Paydays are bi-weekly on Fridays.

Part-Time Employees

Regular part-time employees who work at least 1560 hours per year earn benefits at 75% of those of a full-time employee.

Retirement

Employees join the mandatory retirement plan, (401a) on the first of the month following six months of employment.  Employees are required to work at least 1,560 hours per year, and must be at least 21 years of age. The employee contributes 4% of the first $25,000 gross pay and 8% in excess of $25,000.  Contributions are made with pre-tax dollars. The City will contribute an amount equal to the employee's contribution.  

Additionally, employees have the option to contribute to a 457(b) deferred compensation and/or Roth investment. 

Employee Assistance Program

EAP services are available to all regular full and part-time employees. Confidential services are available to each employee, employee's spouse, employee's minor children and any other family member who regularly resides with the employee and is a legal dependent of the employee. Each person receives six free visits annually for help with many personal and work-related issues.  Visit http://www.hmsanet.com for additional information.

Wellness Program

Upon successful completion of wellness program requirements, employees may be eligible for an insurance premium discount of $35 per month.

Non-union employees and Police union employee that subscribe to the City of Hastings health plan are eligible for a discount of $35 per month from their insurance premium upon successful completion of wellness program requirements. If an employee wishes to participate they must complete an annual Letter of Intent.

Fire union employees that subscribe to the City of Hastings health plan, or employees that are not health plan subscribers, may participate in the wellness program.  They will receive valuable health information for free, however they do not qualify for the discounted premium.  If an employee wishes to participate they must submit a Letter of Intent.

City of Hastings Insurance Costs

2021 Insurance Summary - Non-Union Employee
2021 Insurance Summary - Union Police Employee
2021 Insurance Summary - Union Fire Employee

Health and Dental Insurance

The City of Hastings offers health and dental insurance to all regular full time employees.  The health insurance is self-insured with claims administration provided by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska.  City of Hastings employees may choose one of the following options for health insurance:

Preferred Provider Organization Health Plan (PPO)

Summary of Benefits and Coverage - PPO Plan
The PPO plan gives employees the freedom to seek care from the provider of their choice. However, you will maximize your benefits and reduce your out-of-pocket costs if you choose a provider who participates in the BCBS network. The calendar year deductible must be met before certain services are covered.
Schedule of Benefits - Health PPO Plan

Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP)

Summary of Benefits and Coverage - High Deductible Plan
A Qualified High Deductible Health Plan (QHDHP) gives employees the freedom to seek care from the provider of their choice. Employees will maximize their benefits and reduce out of pocket costs if they choose a provider that participates in the BCBS network. The QHDHP comes with a health savings account (HSA) that allows employees to save pre-tax dollars to pay for qualified health care expenses as defined by the IRS.   
Schedule of Benefits - Health QHDP Plan

 

Vision Insurance

The City of Hastings offers Vision insurance with Ameritas VSP to all regular full time employees. 

2021 Vision Schedule of Benefits

Life Insurance

The City of Hastings provides a life insurance benefit equal to the employee's annual salary (Maximum $50,000) and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) equal to the amount of the life insurance benefit, at no cost to the employee.

The City of Hastings offers voluntary life insurance and AD&D coverage for employees and their spouse, as well as life insurance for dependent children, through payroll deductions.  Employees pay 100% of  additional life and AD&D elected coverage.


The City offers many optional programs that an employee may elect to participate in as follows:

  • Fitness Memberships: Discount memberships are available from three facilities when dues are paid by payroll deduction:  Anytime Fitness, Beauty and the Beast and Hastings YMCA.
  • Deferred Compensation Plan: Employees can contribute pre-tax dollars into a 457(b) deferred compensation plan.  
  • Roth Investment Plan:  Employees can contribute to a Roth investment plan.
  • Aflac: Insurance programs are offered through payroll deduction at the employee's expense.
  • Flexible Spending - FSA: Health care, Limited purpose and/or dependent care flexible spending accounts are offered.
  • Health Savings Account - HSA:  Regular full time non-union employees that elect a qualified high deductible health plan may contribute to a HSA through pre-tax payroll deductions.