Human Resources Department
City of Midland Fringe Benefit Plans
Except for managerial positions, City of Midland employees are represented
by a variety of unions. Specific benefits vary with each union contract and are
subject to change with collective bargaining. Life, health and dental insurance,
retirement and paid leave are available to full-time, regular employees only.
The summary below is intended as a short review of benefits and is not meant
to describe all the benefits available to City of Midland employees. More
detailed benefit information is available during job interviews or by contacting
the City of Midland Human Resources Department at 989-837-3357.
The City pays for term life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment
Employee and family coverage is available through
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan. Coverage includes these services:
There are a variety of plans available with a variety of deductibles and
Employees contribute to their healthcare coverage.
For some employee groups, dental coverage is available by enrolling in a
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan. Other
employee groups receive dental coverage through Delta Dental. Depending on the
employee group, there is an employee contribution toward coverage. Available
coverage varies from individual or family plans. Deductibles and co-payments
vary as well.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Through pre-tax payroll deduction, two types of flexible
spending accounts are available:
Health Care Reimbursement: Medical expenses that are not covered by
the City of Midland’s insurance plan can be reimbursed, tax-free, for eligible
expenses. The employee contribution to insurance premiums
can also be deducted pre-tax.
Dependent Care Assistance:
Out-of-pocket, dependent day care expenses
can be reimbursed, tax-free, for eligible expenses. The reimbursement is allowed
for eligible day care programs.
Vacation Leave, Sick Leave and Holidays
Employees earn vacation and sick leave time with service. The City observes
New Year's Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day,
Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day as
paid holidays. There are additional personal holidays which vary with union
contracts. Certain personnel are required to work on the observed
holidays, if scheduled.
There are two retirement plans available. Police and Fire employees (except
civilian personnel) are
enrolled in the City of Midland Police and Fire Retirement Fund. All other
employees are enrolled in the Municipal Employees Retirements System (MERS)
pension program. Police, Fire and management employees are required to contribute to their
Employees may defer, through payroll deduction, a portion of their annual
compensation in the ICMA Retirement Corporation (ICMA-RC) Section 457 deferred
compensation plan. These individually specified amounts are tax deferred and may be placed into a variety of
investment opportunities. Accumulated contributions and earnings are paid out in
a variety of options upon retirement, and are taxable when paid. There are
strict limitations for the withdrawal of funds for reasons other than
retirement. There is no City contribution to the plan.
Employee Assistance Program
The City provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for employees,
retirees and their family members. The EAP is designed to provide professional
assistance for personal problems. The program is staffed by a professional
coordinator and is completely confidential.
With prior approval, employees may be reimbursed 100% of tuition for job-related coursework, taken voluntarily and outside normal working hours. A
repayment schedule is required for employees leaving City employment within
three years of receiving educational reimbursement.
The City Wellness Program offers a variety of health-related programs to all
employees and their families. Programs vary and may change according to employee
needs and the season of the year.
Contact the Human Resources Department for more information on current
The City of Midland has an active, award-winning safety program. All City
employees are represented by a City-wide safety committee called the Employee
Health and Safety Action Committee (EHSAC). Details of the safety program and
its policies are described in the “Employee Safety Manual,” which is provided to
all employees upon hire.