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Extended Sick Leave Program

What is extended sick leave?
The purpose of the Short Term Leave program is to provide regular full-time civilian employees extended sick leave benefits for non-job-related illnesses or injuries.To be eligible for this program, an employee must have completed the initial six-month probationary period and have been on leave for illness/injury for five consecutive work days.

How do I apply for the extended sick leave program?
You may contact your department's Human Resources Specialist.

What is long-term disability?
The City provides, at no cost to the employee, a long term disability program to any full-time civilian employee that is unable to work as a result of a non-work related disability. Total benefits are calculated at 40% of salary, minus all offsets (i.e. Social Security, other coverage, etc.) Benefits may begin after 26 weeks of short term disability benefits.

What is my compensation during times of extended sick leave?
The benefits are granted according to the following schedule

 

NUMBER OF WEEKS OF BENEFITS / PERCENTAGE OF COMPENSATION

Years of Service

100%

80%

60%

50%

40%

6 months, but less than 1 year

0

0

6

7

13

1 year, but less than 5 years

0

4

9

13

0

5 years, but less than 10 years

2

4

8

12

0

10 years, but less than 15

4

9

13

0

0

15 years or more

6

7

13

0

0

 

Texas Municipal Retirement System (TMRS)

What is TMRS?
TMRS is your retirement program. Contributing monthly to your individual account is a requirement if you are a full-time civilian.

What are the requirements for service retirement?
Twenty (20) years of service at any age or five (5) years of service at age sixty (60).

What is the City matching amount?
The City's contribution is two (2) times the employee contribution. In order to receive the City match you must retire from the City and receive a monthly annuity (retirement) payment.

When am I vested?
You are vested when you have completed five (5) years of service credit.

How can I receive restricted prior service credits?
You can receive restricted prior service credits by completing the form TMRS 35R. The employee should complete the member information and member certification section. The verification of service section should be completed by the official custodian of personnel records of the previously employing entity. Submit the completed form to the Employee Benefits Division for final signature.

Can I borrow from my TMRS account?
No, you cannot borrow from the account or use it as collateral on a loan.

How do I receive a refund from TMRS if I am not eligible to retire when I leave employment at the City of San Antonio?
Complete the TMRS Refund Application, Form 5 and forward it to the Employee Benefits Division for certification. Your refund will only include your deposits minus withholding tax and early withdrawal penalty. The refund will not include the City's match.

How long will it take to receive a refund?
After submitting a TMRS Refund Application, refunds may take anywhere from six (6) to eight (8) weeks after the last pay period.

If I elect a refund, how can I prevent the early withdrawal penalty?
You may transfer the account to an IRA or Deferred Compensation (457) plan.

Can I leave my deposits in TMRS?
Yes, if you are not vested (less than 5 years) you may leave your deposits in TMRS and continue to gain interest for up to sixty (60) months. If you are vested (5 years or more), you may leave your deposits in TMRS and keep your account active until you reach age sixty (60), when you will be eligible to retire.

How do I elect a beneficiary?
Upon hire by the City, you will be required to complete a TMRS new member form (TMRS -0016) which will require a beneficiary designation

How often do I need to change my beneficiary?
You may wish to update the beneficiary upon marriage, divorce or death of a current beneficiary. You are also required to complete a TMRS-7VOP beneficiary form upon reaching the vesting requirement of five (5) years credit with TMRS.

Flexible Spending Account

What is a flex spending account?
A flexible spending account is an employee deferral plan that is deducted from your paycheck before taxes are calculated.

What is the maximum amount contribution for health and dependent care reimbursement?
The total maximum contribution is $5,000 on an annual basis.

Will I automatically receive a paper reimbursement check for healthcare expenses?
Participants in the healthcare Flexible Spending Account will receive a consumer account card. If you wish to receive a paper check instead, you will need to go to www.myuhc.com and select that option.

If I participate in the Healthcare Flexible Spending Account will I receive a paper check?
Any money not used for eligible medical expenses by December 31st is lost.

What happens to my money/balance if I don't use it?
Any money not used for eligible medical expenses by December 31 st is lost.

 

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