Employee Benefits

Health Insurance
The city offers medical, dental, and vision plans.  The medical plan is a high deductible health plan (HDHP) with a health savings account (HSA).

If you're hired on or before the 15th of a month, your healthcare begins on the first of the next month.  When you're hired after the 15th of a month, your health coverage will start on the first of the second month following. 

Holidays
For many employee groups, the City provides 17 days (136 hours/year) of paid holiday leave.  These include:  New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday after, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.  

Employees may also be eligible for five personal days and the employee's birthday. 

Sick Leave
Employees earn 8-12 hours of paid sick leave per month.  Upon retirement, a certain amount of this may be converted to pay.   

Vacation
Employees may also be eligible for vacation based on length of service as noted below and consistent with applicable ordinance or collective bargaining agreement.    
Less than one year:  None
1 year, but less than 7:  two weeks
7 years, but less than 16:  three weeks
16 years:  four weeks
17 years:  four weeks + one day
Each additional year adds one day: four weeks + X days
To a maximum of 26 years:  30 days

Life Insurance
After six months of employment, employees are eligible for $10,000 coverage under our group life insurance policy.  Additional coverage up to the employee's annual salary ($40,000 maximum) may be purchased.  Upon retirement this coverage will be reduced to $4,000.  The premiums will be paid by the City.  

Voluntary Supplemental Benefits
Life insurance (term and whole life), critical illness/cancer, accident, short / long term disability insurance

Deferred Compensation Plan
This plan allows employees to build a financial reserve for retirement by using pre-tax, payroll deducted contributions. This money is held and invested by the plan’s trustees in options selected by the employee. Risk levels vary depending on the options chosen. Participation is voluntary.

Retirement Plans

The Ohio Public Employees Retirement System (OPERS) and the Police and Fire Disability and Pension Fund (PFDPF) are the two plans available to City employees. Both are established by Ohio law and participation is required. Both the employee and the City of Hamilton contribute a percentage (pre-tax) into the system. Members do not pay into the Federal Social Security System. Employees and the City also contribute to Medicare.

Other Benefits
Employees may be eligible for additional benefits such as:   
  • uniform/clothing allowance
  • funeral leave
  • jury duty leave
  • military leave
  • attendance incentive
  • fitness incentive
  • education incentive
  • longevity pay

EMPLOYEES WHO ARE COVERED BY A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT (CBA) MAY HAVE BENEFITS THAT DIFFER FROM THOSE NOTED ABOVE.  IN THOSE INSTANCES, YOU MUST REFER TO THE CBA FOR SPECIFIC BENEFIT DETAILS.  THIS LISTING IS NOT ALL-INCLUSIVE, BUT IS INTENDED TO PROVIDE A BRIEF OVERVIEW.