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WHAT TYPE OF BENEFITS DOES THE COLUMBUS CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT OFFER?


  The Columbus Consolidated Government (CCG) full-time regular employees are eligible for benefits after thirty (30) days of regular full-time employment. 


Deferred Compensation

  Deferred Compensation, under IRS Code 457, is a tax-deferred supplemental retirement program that allows public employees to contribute a portion of their salary, before federal and state taxes, to a retirement account. The government's aim in establishing these tax-favored plans is to encourage workers to build their own financial security in anticipation of retirement. You are eligible to enroll in the Deferred Compensation Plans from the first day of your employment.

For more information on deferred compensation, check out the following





Shirley Mathis
Employee Services Manager

Government Center
100 10th Street
1st Floor West Wing
Columbus, Georgia 31901



706.653.4059
Fax: 706.653.4066
smathis@columbusga.org

 

Long Term Disability


Deferrred Compensation link
long term disability link
Insurance benefits link
Vacation Leave link
Sick Leave
Paid Holidays link

General Government Pension Plan link
Credit Union link
Direct Deposit link
Employee Assistance Program link
Voluntary Benefit Contact Information
   To qualify for disability retirement, an employee must be certified disabled by the Social Security Administration. There is no service or age requirement.

   Employee must have separated employment before he can apply for disability with the Social Security Administration. Also, there is a 5 month waiting period before he is eligible to receive any benefits from Social Security.To qualify for disability retirement, an employee must be certified disabled by the Social Security Administration. There is no service or age requirement.

   Employee must have separated employment before he can apply for disability with the Social Security Administration. Also, there is a 5 month waiting period before he is eligible to receive any benefits from Social Security. The disability retirement date is established by the Social Security Administration. If approved, the employee is entitled to 60% of his average monthly earnings based on the last 60 months prior to his becoming disabled. The benefit amount shall vary pending on the date the (SSA) declares the employee disabled. This amount is reduced by any amount he receives from SSA, regular City pension and any federal disability he was already receiving when he came to work for the City. Also, it is reduced by any amount he may be receiving from Worker's compensation.
 
 
Insurance Benefits
 
 

The Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia offers a complete Health Care Program, including:


Eligibility Status
The CCG offers a variety of insurance opportunities to it's employee and their dependents. All regular full-time employees become eligible for coverage after they have been employed for 30 days. Open enrollment is conducted on an annual basis and allows employees to make changes to their insurance plans at that time.

Insurance premiums for various coverage are deducted from our employee's bi-weekly pay, i.e., health insurance premiums are deducted 26 times per year.

Health Care Plans
The health care benefit plan is a comprehensive major medical program utilizing Preferred Provider Organizations of physicians and hospitals. Both plans are designed to minimize out-of-pocket expenses for employees and their covered dependents. Participation in the health care plans is voluntary. Premiums vary depending on the type of plan you select and are payroll deducted on a bi-weekly basis. The policy also features a $20/$25 co-payment benefit for routine visits to the doctor's office, based on the type of doctor visited. The Columbus Consolidated Government's portion is $259.16 per month for each active employee and retirees who have not obtained age 65. A monthly amount of $60 is set aside for each retiree who is age 65 and over. Health insurance premiums vary depending on the plan selected and who is covered under the plan.

Continuation of Group Life
The employee Group Life Insurance with Columbus Consolidated Government can be continued for disabled employees. - click here for more information

Supplemental Life
Employees have the ability to purchase up to three times their annual salary from Provident Life Insurance Company. Aflac offers a variety of products, including cancer coverage, disability coverage, etc. Colonial Life also offers a variety of products. These programs are paid for by the employee through payroll deductions on bi-weekly payrolls. - click here for more information

Prescription Drugs
   On both plans, you pay a maximum co-payment of $20 per prescription drug plus the difference between the brand name and the generic, if brand name is chosen when generic is available. The HMO plan has a mail order prescription drug long-term or maintenance medication, where you pay a $10 co-payment per prescription for a 90 day supply.

NOTE:
You must add newly born children, adopted children, children of a new marriage or children awarded by the courts within 30 days of the actual birth date, adoption date, or court date. You must add new spouses within 30 days of the date of marriage. Documentation must accompany the forms, i.e., birth certificate, adoption papers, court documents, marriage or divorce certificates, etc. Failure to comply within the 30-day time period will require the employee to wait until open-enrollment in November and December.

Employees have two health insurance options from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia to consider: 1.) Health Maintenance Organization (HMO); and 2.) Preferred Provider Organization (PPO).

Because BC/BS of GA's HMO plan requires all participants to select a Primary Care Physician (PCP) to coordinate all of their health care, a list of current HMO PCPs and PPO providers may be viewed on the web at: www.bcbsgeorgia.com. Please see the Provider Directory for either plan.

BC/BS of GA's HMO plan provides excellent coverage for our employees and their dependents. Since your PCP coordinates your health care services, they will actually telephone BC/BS of GA and obtain referrals for you to visit a Specialty Care Physician (SCP). No benefits are provided if you seek care with and out of network provider under the HMO plan, unless your PCP has obtained a referral form BC/BS.
 
     
  Vacation Leave  
     Vacation leave is paid time off work for vacations and other personal use. Employees begin earning vacation time as soon as they begin working for the Columbus Consolidated Government.
 
  • Vacation time is accrued on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Less than 10 years service, 10 Days per year (.038%)
  • 10 to 15 years of service, 15 Days per year (.058%)
  • 5 to 20 years of service, 20 Days per year (.077%)
 
 
Sick Leave
 
 
Sick leave is paid time off from work due to your illness or the illness of a member of your immediate family.
  • The accrual rate for sick time is bi-weekly
  • No matter how many years of service, 13 Days per year (.05%)
  • When you have accrued more than thirty days in your sick base, if approved by Columbus Council, you will be paid 25% of yearly unused sick time, not to exceed 13 days
  • The minimum days allowed for sick usage is ninety days, sixty days held in reserve and thirty days in your base.
 
 
Catastrophic Sick Leave Policy
 
 
Under the Catastrophic Sick Leave Policy, annual and sick leave days that would otherwise be forfeited go instead to the Catastrophic Sick Leave bank. The maximum accrual for the catastrophic leave bank is 120 days. Employees must exhaust all of their accrued paid leave balances and compensatory time before they can be paid from the catastrophic leave bank. The employee must present medical certification to the HR Director to receive benefits.
Click Here for more information.    Click Here to view the Council Resolution.
 
     
  Paid Holidays  
  The Columbus Consolidated Government observes eleven paid holidays each year.    Click Here to View the Current Holiday Schedule.  
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day After Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Floating Holiday
 
     
  Public Safety Pension Plan  
 
An employee becomes eligible to participate in the Pension Plan effective on his/her date of employment. The City contributes 100% in the Pension Plan for the employee.

EARLY RETIREMENT - To qualify for early retirement, an employee must be fifty years of age with twenty years of service.

NORMAL RETIREMENT - To qualify for normal retirement, an employee must be sixty-five years of age with five years of service (Maximum Service years allowed 30).

VESTED RETIREMENT - To qualify for vested retirement, an employee must complete at least five years of creditable service payable at age 65.

UNREDUCED RETIREMENT - To qualify for unreduced retirement, an employee must have completed twenty years of creditable service upon his date of termination. You may request to receive unreduced payments on the first day of any month after the date at which you reach age fifty-five and would have completed twenty-five years of creditable service.

DISABILITY RETIREMENT - To qualify for disability retirement, an employee must be certified by the Social Security Administration. There are no service or age requirements.


 
     
  General Government Pension Plan  
 
An employee becomes eligible to participate in the Pension Plan effective on his/her date of employment. The City contributes 100% in the Pension Plan for the employee.

EARLY RETIREMENT - To qualify for early retirement, an employee must be 55 years of age with fifteen years of service.

NORMAL RETIREMENT - To qualify for normal retirement, an employee must be sixty-five years of age with five years of service (Maximum Service years allowed 30).

VESTED RETIREMENT - To qualify for vested retirement, an employee must complete at least five years of creditable service payable at age 65.

DISABILITY RETIREMENT - To qualify for disability retirement, an employee must be certified by the Social Security Administration. There are no service or age requirements.


 
     
  Credit Union  
 
   You are eligible to join the TIC Federal Credit Union on your first day of employment. The Credit Union offers a variety of services to members including checking and savings accounts and personal loans. To enroll, contact the Credit Union directly at 706-320-8500. For more information go to: www.ticfcu.com
 
     
  Direct Deposit  
 
   The Columbus Consolidated Government utilizes Direct Deposit of payroll checks as a safe, convenient way of handling employee paychecks. On payday, your weekly or bi-weekly pay will automatically be deposited in the bank account of your choice. That day you will receive a "stub" (statement) which details your earnings, deductions, etc. Your funds are immediately available to you.
 
     
  Employee Assistance Program  
 
  The Employee Assistance Program is available to all Columbus Consolidated Government regular full and part-time employees. This is a confidential benefit, and you do not need to inform your supervisor or Human Resources to take advantage of it. To make an appointment or to talk to someone, simply call (706) 649-6500, and let the Pastoral Institute representative know that you are an employee of the Columbus Consolidated Government. Areas or expertise include: relationships, child and elder-care, stress, anxiety and depression, alcohol, drug abuse and other addictions, domestic violence and anger, divorce, remarriage and step-parenting, grief and other work related issues.
 
     
  Free and Discounted City Services  
     Take advantage of these free or discounted City services offered to all City employees.     click here for Full List

  • Ride Metra for Free
  • Adopt a pet for Free
  • Free Mulch
  • Free Driver's Training
  • Free Notary Service
  • Free home safety inspections from Fire Dept.
  • Discounted green fees at city courses
  • ...And Many more exciting offers

 
     
     
 
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