Amount earned ranges from 8 to 21 hours monthly depending on:
A comprehensive group health and life insurance program is available to full-time and part-time employees:
|BENEFIT||WHO IS ELIGIBLE||WHAT YOU RECEIVE||WHO PAYS|
|Health Insurance||All TPWD employees are eligible to select health coverage from the managed care plan; Health Select, or from a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO), if available.||Comprehensive health and prescription drug benefits, along with $5,000 Basic Term Life insurance and $5,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment after a 60-day waiting period.||The state paid portion depends on employee status (Full- or part-time) and the level of health coverage selected.
Employee pays cost of remaining premium through payroll deduction.
|Dental Coverage||All TPWD employees||Three dental plans: two plans provide discounted treatment fees through contracted dentists; the other has choice of dentist with deductibles and copayments.||Employee pays the premium through payroll deduction; premium is based on coverage selected.|
|Optional Coverage||All TPWD employees||Term Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Long and Short Term Disability, and Dependent Term Life Insurance.||Employee pays the premium through a payroll deduction. Premiums are based on coverage option selected.|
|Retirement||All TPWD employees are members of the Employees Retirement System (ERS) after a 90-day waiting period.||A retirement annuity at such time as employee becomes eligible to retire. At retirement, the employee is eligible to select from six retirement options. Employee contribution plus 2% interest is refundable if the employee leaves state employment before retirement. Employee contribution is made on a pre-tax basis. Vesting is at ten years for employees hired after September 1, 2009.||6.9% of the employee's gross monthly salary is deducted and placed in an ERS account.
The State of Texas matches that contribution also at 8% of the employee's gross monthly salary.
|Supplemental Retirement||All TPWD employees||Two plans are available: 457 and 401k. There are various types of investment plans within these programs: variable and fixed annuities, mutual funds, banks/savings & loans, credit unions, stock plans and fixed income plans. Money deferred is not subject to federal withholding until withdrawn from plan.||Employee is enrolled automatically in the 401(k) plan at 1%. Employee pays any additional Supplemental Retirement deferred monies and any applicable fees.
TPWD and the State of Texas pay most of the administrative costs of program.
|Flexible Benefits||All TPWD employees||Group Insurance premiums (except disability premiums and dependent life) are paid on a pre-tax basis.
Options to pay other eligible dependent and health care expenses with tax-free dollars are available.
|Employee elects amount of' salary redirection based on minimum and maximum limits.|
|Annual (Vacation) Leave||All TPWD employees. May be used after six months continuous state service.||A set number of vacation hours earned per month based on years of state employment (new employees with no previous state employment accrue eight hours per month). Prorated for part-time employees.||TPWD pays|
|Sick Leave||All TPWD employees||Eight hours per month with unlimited accumulation. Prorated for part-time employees.||TPWD pays|
|Holidays||All TPWD employees||Designated holidays authorized by the Legislature. Prorated for part-time employees.||TPWD pays|
|Family and Medical Leave||Employees who have been employed by the state for at least 12 months (does not have to be continuous) and have been physically on the job at least 1,250 hours during the 12 month period immediately preceding the need for leave.||12 weeks of job protected leave during a 12- month period for birth or placement of a child or to care for the newborn within 12 months of birth or placement, care of an immediate family member with a serious health condition, or the employee's own serious health condition. Any qualifying exigency arising out of the call to active duty status of an immediate family member. 26 weeks of job protected leave during a 12- month period to care for a covered service member with a serious injury or illness.||Employee uses available leave.
TPWD will continue to pay the state's contribution toward the employee health insurance.
|Sick Leave Pool||TPWD employees who have a catastrophic illness or injury, or whose immediate family member has such, and who have exhausted all paid leave, may request sick leave pool.||An additional amount of paid sick leave up to a maximum of 720 hours to be used after exhausting all paid leave (pending eligibility, documentation and approval). Prorated for part-time employees.||TPWD pays
The sick leave hours are donated to the pool by TPWD employees.
|Extended Sick Leave||TPWD employees with two years of continuous employment with TPWD who have a catastrophic illness or injury, and who have exhausted all paid leave, may request extended sick leave.||An additional amount of paid sick leave up to a maximum of 480 hours to be used after exhausting all paid leave (pending eligibility, documentation and approval).||TPWD pays on a case by case basis|
|Emergency Leave||All TPWD employees||Up to 24 hours of paid leave in the event of death of immediate family member.||TPWD pays|
|Jury Duty||All TPWD employees||Leave with pay during jury service.||TPWD pays|
|Military Leave||TPWD employees who are members of state military or reserve components||Up to fifteen work days per federal fiscal year when called to active duty for training.
Special Military leave (differential pay) available if called to active duty for Homeland Security.
|Flextime & Compressed Work Schedules||TPWD employees in certain positions||Employee may, with supervisor approval, schedule their work hours between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., with a minimum 30 minute lunch.|
|Workers' Compensation||All TPWD employees injured on- the-job or with an occupational illness||Eligibility for one or more of the following benefits: Medical, Pharmacy, Weekly Compensation, Travel Reimbursement or Death/Burial Benefits.||TPWD pays|
|Longevity Pay||All full-time regular TPWD employees with three or more years of state service.||$20.00 per month for each two years of service with a maximum of $280.00 per month.||TPWD pays|
|Hazardous Duty Pay||All certified peace officers||Employee receives an additional $10 per month for every year of service in a hazardous duty position.||TPWD pays|
|Merit Pay||TPWD employees with at least 6 months of TPWD service who have not received a merit or promotion within 6 months and have a current performance review which meets eligibility criteria.||A monthly salary increase or one-time payment.||TPWD pays|
|Benefit Replacement Pay||TPWD employees who worked for the State of Texas on August 31, 1995 and have not had a break in service of at least a year.||Up to $1,026.86 per calendar year of benefit replacement pay.||TPWD pays|
|Direct Deposit of Paycheck||All salaried TPWD employees||Direct deposit of monthly salary warrants to employee's designated bank or credit union.||Employee pays any applicable fees to their bank or credit union.|
|Tuition Reimbursement||TPWD employees with at least 6 months of TPWD service||Reimbursement for cost incurred in educational programs, subject to availability of funds and certain limitations.||TPWD pays up to a $500 maximum|
|Employee Assistance Program||All TPWD employees||Limited number of free counseling and referral services for TPWD employees and dependents.||TPWD pays|
|State Employee Charitable Campaign||All TPWD employees||Option to choose charity and amount to be donated to an approved charity of employee's choice.||Employee pays through payroll deduction.|
|Telecommuting||TPWD employees in certain positions with at least 6 months of TPWD service||Opportunity to work from home in accordance with a telecommuting policy.||TPWD and the Employee pays|
|Parking||All TPWD employees||Free parking in lots in close proximity; designated parking is provided for employees with disabilities.||TPWD pays|
|Salaried employees are paid once a month, on the first work day of the month.|