Benefit Overview

Employment with Goodhue County offers many benefits—this page will give you an idea of the County’s compensation practices as well as an overview of our pension program and insurance plans.  2022 Printable Benefit Overview

Statements in this summary are not considered binding upon the County except when they are restatements of terms and conditions of employment contained in labor agreements.  All benefit information including deductibles, coinsurance and out-of-pocket maximums refer to coverage for in-network services; amounts will vary when out-of-network. This page may be revised from time to time as Goodhue County deems appropriate without prior notice.

Probationary Period

All newly hired or rehired employees are subject to a one-year probationary period during which their skills and abilities are evaluated.  

Compensation

Starting salaries are determined by the hiring department-head in accordance with County policy.  Annual increases and progression through salary range are based on positive performance evaluation and union contract language.  Pay scales (sometimes called wage tables) are posted on the County’s internal website.

Payroll

Goodhue County is on a bi-weekly payroll schedule with paydays every other Thursday.  There are 26 pay periods per year consisting of two weeks.  Goodhue County mandates direct deposit.  Below is a list of pay dates for 2022.  Employees may print or download the 2022 payroll calendar from the internal website.

JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJune
01/06/202202/03/202203/03/202204/14/202205/12/202206/09/2022
01/20/202202/17/202203/17/202204/28/202205/26/202206/23/2022


03/31/2022


JulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember
07/07/202208/04/202209/01/202210/13/202211/10/202212/8/2022
07/21/202208/18/202209/15/202210/27/202211/23/202212/22/2022


09/29/2022


Holidays

Full-time employees* receive 12 paid holidays per year:

  • New Year's Day
  • Independence Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Labor Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • President's Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Memorial Day
  • Veteran's Day
  • Christmas Day

*Eligible part-time employees receive holiday pay at a pro-rated amount relative to their full-time equivalencies. Sheriff’s Office Employees: Because the Law Enforcement Center operates on a continuous basis, law enforcement & dispatch employees receive 96 hours of holiday pay in the month of December.

Vacation

All full-time County employees are eligible for vacation as shown below. The maximum accrual is 240 hours.

Years of ServiceMonthly AccrualAnnual Accrual
0-26 hours72 hours
3-58 hours96 hours
6-910 hours120 hours
10-1412 hours144 hours
15+14 hours168 hours

Sick Leave

All full-time County employees earn eight (8) hours of sick leave per month starting from their date of hire. The maximum accrual is 960 hours. Eligible part-time employees receive sick leave at a pro-rated amount relative to their full-time equivalencies.

pension (pera)

PERA is a state mandated retirement program for public employees.  Both the County and employee contribute a percentage of gross wages depending upon the plan enrolled in.  Contribution levels are governed by the PERA of MN. You may not increase your contributions to PERA.


General (Coordinated)CorrectionalPolice & Fire
Employee Contribution6.5%5.83%11.8%
Employer Contribution7.5%8.75%17.7%

retirement savings: 457(b) deferred compensation plans

In addition to the PERA plan, employees may participate in a deferred compensation plan (also known as a 457b plan) through one of three vendors: Edward Jones (Mass Mutual), MN State Retirement System and/or Nationwide Retirement Solutions.   The minimum deduction is $10 per paycheck.

student loan forgiveness

Goodhue County is a qualifying employer for the Federal Public Student Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. The PSLF program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.

health insurance

Goodhue County provides health insurance to employees through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota.  There are two plans to choose from.  Both health plan options allow eligible employees participate in an HSA (Health Savings Plan).  Additional plan documents are available on the internal website. Coverage is effective the first of the month following an employee’s hire date.  Rates shown below are bi-weekly amounts for regular, full-time employees.


Plan 1

Plan 2


Employee Only
Family
Employee Only
Family
Deductible
$2,800
$5,600
$6,650
$13,300
Coinsurance
90%
90%
0%
0%
Out-of-Pocket Max
$3,000
$6,000
$6,650
$13,300





Employee Premium
$0.00
$254.48
$10.00
$192.50
Employer Premium
$318.29
$700.01
$231.14
$530.32





H.S.A.*
$1,400
$2,800
$3,325
$6,650

Health Savings Account

*Eligible employees enrolled in Goodhue County health insurance receive contributions to their health savings account (HSA).  Contributions are pro-rated for new hires and are disbursed on a bi-weekly basis. Alerus Retirement & Benefits administers the health savings accounts. 

Employees may make pre-tax contributions to their Health Savings Account through payroll deduction subject to the IRS maximums.   For 2022, the limits are $3,650 (employee only coverage) or $7,300 (family coverage).   Employees age 55 and over can elect up to an additional $1,000 as a catch-up contribution.

wellness programs

Goodhue County offers a variety of wellness programs to employees participating in the health insurance including:

  • ShareCare – an online tool that engages you in the evolving story of your health.  Based on your RealAge results, the expert resources, guidance and programs are personalized for you to create a health life, lived to the fullest.  Complete the monthly challenges to receive a $20 reward.
  • Learn to Live – offers mental health support through customized online programs based on the proven principles of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  The programs are confidential, accessible anywhere, and based on years of research showing online CBT programs to be as effective as face-to-face therapy.
  • Dr. On Demand – allows you to connect in minutes with board-certified doctors and therapists over live video.   The provide treatment for 90% of the most common health conditions, for less than an average office visit all from the comfort of home.
  • Omada – is an online program that uses behavior science to help people lose weight, reduce their risk for chronic disease such as diabetes and heart disease, and feel better than they have in years.

flexible spending accounts

On a pre-tax basis, employees may elect to contribute up to a traditional flexible spending account or limited use flexible spending account for eligible healthcare expenses.  Additionally, employees can contribute pre-tax dollars to a dependent care flexible spending account for reimbursement of eligible dependent care expenses.

dental insurance

Goodhue County offers dental insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN.   Employees pay the entire cost of the premiums* and have the choice between two plan options (high plan or low plan).  Both dental plan options cover cleanings & exams (twice per year) as well as basic services such as fillings.  The high plan also provides coverage for major services such as crowns, bridges, root canals and so on. The chart below shows bi-weekly premium amounts.


Employee OnlyEmployee + SpouseEmployee + Child(ren)Family
High Plan$23.64$47.29$45.66$72.23
Low Plan$13.63$27.27$31.28$47.60

* Premiums are withheld on a pre-tax basis.  Employees enrolled in the medical plan #2, may enroll in the low dental plan at no charge (for the same coverage tier) or may enroll in the high dental plan for a pro-rated premium.  

vision insurance

Goodhue County offers a vision insurance policy through Blue Cross Blue Shield of MN.  The vision plan provides coverage for an annual exam as well as lenses, frames, contacts and more.  Employees pay the entire cost of the premiums.   The chart below shows bi-weekly premium amounts; premiums are withheld on a pre-tax basis.


Employee OnlyEmployee + SpouseEmployee + Child(ren)Family
Employee Premium$3.85$7.70$7.29$11.89

accident insurance

Goodhue County offers an accident insurance policy through The Standard Insurance Company.  Employees pay the entire cost of the premiums*.  This plan reimburses employees for eligible medical services when a covered plan member has a qualifying accident.  The chart below shows bi-weekly premium amounts.


Employee OnlyEmployee + SpouseEmployee + Child(ren)Family
Employee Premium$3.78$5.87$7.23$11.28

* Premiums are withheld on a post-tax basis.  Employees enrolled in the medical plan #2, may enroll in the accident insurance at no charge (for the same coverage tier).

life insurance

Goodhue County provides new employees with a $40,000 term life insurance policy with a matching AD&D benefit.  At the time of hire, new employees may purchase voluntary life insurance for themselves and/or dependents through Sun Life.  Premiums are based on age and amount insured.

PlanGI*Min/ Max CoveragePrice
Basic Life$40,000$40,000(Employer paid, $4.52 per month)
Voluntary Employee Life$250,000$5,000 - $500,000based upon age & coverage amount
Voluntary Spouse Life$50,000$5,000 - $250,000based upon age & coverage amount
Voluntary Child Life$15,000$15,000 per child$1.80 per month; one premium covers all eligible children

*GI = Guaranteed Issue amount applies to new hires during their initial enrollment period - without health questions. Evidence of insurability (EOI) is required for elections greater than GI amounts as well as for all increases or new elections outside of the new hire enrollment period.

disability insurance

Employees have the option to purchase short-term and/or long-term disability insurance to protect up to 60% of pre-disability earnings in the event of a covered illness or injury.  Premiums are withheld on a post-tax basis and are based upon employee's age and amount insured. 

notice

Statements in this summary are not considered binding upon the County except when they are restatements of terms and conditions of employment contained in labor agreements.  All benefit information including deductibles, coinsurance and out-of-pocket maximums refer to coverage for in-network services; amounts will vary when out-of-network. This page may be revised from time to time as Goodhue County deems appropriate without prior notice.