Full-time Pierce Transit employees receive 10 paid holidays, 2 personal paid holidays, 6 days of major sick leave, and 22 days of paid time off (PTO) per year. Part-time employees receive pro-rated leave, to include major sick leave, PTO, and holiday pay. PTO accrual rates increase per policy.
Pierce Transit employees and their dependents (including domestic partners) may elect a medical (includes vision) and dental plan. Medical and dental benefits begin the first day of the month following date of hire. Employees may also participate in a flexible spending account for eligible health care and dependent care expenses.
Basic life insurance as well as AD&D insurance coverage is provided by the employer at no cost to the employee. Employees may elect to purchase additional coverage. Additionally, long-term disability insurance is provided by the employer at no cost to the employee in the event an employee cannot work due to a covered illness or injury (some limitations apply).
All employees of Pierce Transit are required to participate in the Washington State Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Employees are not covered under the Social Security System except for a 1.45% payment for Medicare.
For those eligible employees who were previous members of the Tacoma Employees’ Retirement System (TERS), continuation of participation in that system may be permitted. Those employees will be required to contribute to the Social Security System and Medicare.
Deferred Compensation Plan:
Employees are eligible to participate in a 457 savings plan with an employer match of up to 4.25% of annual compensation.
Hours of Work:
Most Pierce Transit employees have a 40-hour workweek; however, positions may require shift work, overtime, and weekend work. Alternative work schedules and teleworking are available subject to department approval.
All regular employees are subject to successful completion of a probationary period of six months, unless the position is listed as “at-will.”
Employee Wellness Program:
Pierce Transit offers a robust Employee Wellness Program to assist employees in developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Incentives may be available for successful completion of Wellness activities. Additionally, an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available at no cost to the employee.
Pierce Transit offers reimbursement of tuition costs for successful completion of pre-approved courses once the employee has completed probation.
Student debt and how working for Pierce Transit can help
Employees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which 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. See https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/repay-loans/forgiveness-cancellation/public-service for more details.
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