Health and Medical Benefits
All employees of the City of Azle are covered under the Texas Worker’s Compensation Act through the Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool, effective on the first day of employment.
All other health and medical benefits generally become effective on the first day of the month following 15 days of service for all full time employees.
The plan year for health/medical benefits runs from January 1st through December 31st.
The City of Azle offers both a traditional PPO with co-pay plan (base plan), and a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with Health Savings Account (HSA). Plans are issued through TML IEBP and utilize the BCBSTX network.
The City of Azle covers 100% of the employee only premium cost of the base plan, which is the more expensive of the two plan options. Therefore, If an employee elects coverage under the HDHP, the cost difference between the base plan and the HDHP is contributed by the City to the employee's HSA account each month. Health Savings Accounts are carried by HSA Bank.
Additionally, all full time employees of the City of Azle receive paid dental through Humana; as well as term life Insurance, short term disability, long term disability, and accidental death & dismemberment benefits through Sunlife Financial.
Dependent coverage and/or additional coverage is available at the employee’s expense.
Machine Readable Files Provided by TML Health per the Transparency in Coverage Rule (TiC) can be found at the following link:
- Two (2) weeks per year through year 5 of full time continuous service, with the first week available after 6 months
- Three (3) weeks after 5 years of service
- Four (4) weeks after 15 years of service
* Ten (10) days (80 hours) per year (Max 60 days/480 hours)
* One (1) day after first 6 months; two (2) days each January 1, thereafter (reverts to sick leave if not used)
* Eleven (11) days per year
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All qualifying medical-related expenditures may be payroll deducted on a pre-tax basis by participation/enrollment in this plan.
Additionally, eligible childcare expenses are pre-taxed through participation/enrollment in this plan.
For employee convenience, a debit card is available under this plan for a small service fee. This card operates like a credit card and alleviates waiting periods commonly encountered through the reimbursement process.
All full-time employees are required to participate in the Texas Municipal Retirement System, requiring six percent (6%) payroll deduction at a 2:1 employer match. These contributions are tax deferred. Employees are vested after five (5) years of employment. This plan includes Disability and Supplemental Death benefits. The City Council has also adopted the Restricted Prior Service Credits provision under TMRS, and retirement eligibility after 20 years of service regardless of age.
Deferred Compensation Plan
The City offers voluntary participation in a deferred compensation plan through Nationwide.
The City of Azle does not participate in Social Security deductions, with the exception of the mandatory Medicare Hospital Tax (1.45% of gross earnings).
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) consists of a group of psychologists, social workers and mental health professionals throughout the country. The program is provided through Deer Oaks as a part of the agreement the City of Azle has with TML Health Benefits. All City of Azle employees and members of their immediate families are eligible to use the Employee Assistance Program. As an employee benefit, the costs of the EAP visits/consults are free (or covered by the City of Azle) up to the plan threshold.
The City of Azle has established a formal Personnel Policy which includes provisions for the following:
- Compensation Pay Plan
- Performance Evaluations
- Non-Smoking Environment
- Drug Free Workplace
- Discipline and Grievance Procedures
- Sexual Harassment Policy
- Safety Regulations