The City of Gardner offers a wide range of employee benefits including:
- Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
- Flexible Spending Plan
- Health Savings Account (HSA)
- Employee Assistance
- Supplemental Life, Accident and Disability Insurance
Employees are eligible for benefits coverage the first day of the month coinciding with or immediately following their employment date. If they waive coverage at this time, they will again be eligible for coverage only:
- During open enrollment for an effective date of July 1 of each year
- Loss of current coverage due to a qualifying event
Detailed information about these employee benefits, including coverage options and rates, can be found here
The City of Gardner also offers the following additional benefits:
- 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
- Long Term Disability Benefits
- Recreation Discount
The City's retirement benefits are provided through the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) or Kansas Police and Fire Retirement System (KP&F).
- KPERS is a mandatory retirement plan administered by the State of Kansas. All employees working in covered positions EXCEPT those employees working as commissioned Police Officers, including individuals in all other full-time and regular part-time positions of the City who meet the KPERS membership requirements, are required to participate. Participation begins on the first day of employment
- KPERS is a defined benefit pension plan. Monthly retirement benefit is based on final average salary and years of service. Vesting time for retirement is 5 years. Normal retirement age is 65. Employees contribute 6% of their gross salary. The City contributes a percentage that is legislated annually by the State of Kansas.
- KP&F is a mandatory retirement plan administered by the State of Kansas. All employees working in positions as commissioned Police Officers, including individuals in full-time and regular part-time positions of the City who meet the membership requirements, are required to participate. Participation begins on the first day of employment.
- KP&F is a defined benefit pension plan. Monthly retirement benefit is based on final average salary and years of service. Vesting time for retirement is 15 years. Normal retirement age varies with age and years of service in the retirement system. Employees contribute 7.15% of their gross salary and the City contributes a percentage that is legislated annually by the State of Kansas.
The ICMA Retirement Corporation administers the City's 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. All full-time and regular part-time employees are eligible to participate. There is no waiting period. ICMA is a voluntary program that allows an employee to save money that is tax deferred for retirement. The amount is set aside from the employee's paycheck and invested for him in the investment option(s) he chooses. There are no vesting requirements.
There is an administration fee. The employee chooses his/her payroll deduction amount not to exceed the maximum allowed by law per year. The City will make contributions for those employees working in KPERS covered positions, including individuals in all full-time and regular part-time positions except those covered under the KP&F system, who meet the membership requirements based on the following employee contributions:
- KPERS participating employees
- The employee contributes 1% of their gross salary. The City contributes 1%
Disability benefits are provided through KPERS. An employee must be member of the KPERS or KP&F Retirement Program to be eligible. The cost is included in the employer's contribution mentioned under the KPERS Retirement Plan benefit. Employees are able to purchase short-term/long-term disability coverage thru the City’s supplemental insurance provider.
All full-time and regular part-time employees and their immediate family members who live at home will receive swimming pool passes.
Each full-time employee shall accrue vacation leave at the following rate:
Years of Service
Rate of Accrual
Employment - 5 Years
4.000 hrs / pay period
After 5 Years - 10 Years
4.620 hrs / pay period
After 10 Years - 14 Years
5.231 hrs / pay period
After 14 Years - 20 Years
6.750 hrs / pay period
After 20 Years
7.700 hrs / pay period
All part-time employees accrue vacation leave at a proportional rate. Temporary employees do not accrue vacation leave.
All full-time employees accrue sick leave at a rate of 3.692 hours per pay period. All part-time employees accrue sick leave at a proportional rate. Temporary employees do not accrue sick leave.
All full-time and part-time employees of the City shall be scheduled off or receive compensation for the following holidays:
|Holiday||Date Observed||2020 Date Observed|
|New Year's Day||January 1||January 1, 2020|
|Martin Luther King Day||Third Monday in January||January 20, 2020|
|Memorial Day||Last Monday in May||May 25, 2020|
|Independence Day||July 4||July 3, 2020|
|Labor Day||First Monday in September||September 7, 2020|
|Veterans' Day||November 11||November 11, 2020|
|Thanksgiving Day||Fourth Thursday in November||November 26, 2020|
|Day After Thanksgiving||Friday After Fourth Thursday in November||November 27, 2020|
|Christmas Eve||December 24||December 24, 2020|
|Christmas Day||December 25||December 25, 2020|
* Holidays that fall on a Saturday will normally be observed on the preceding Friday and those which fall on a Sunday will normally be observed on the following Monday. In the case of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day falling on Friday and Saturday, the holidays will be observed on the preceding Thursday and Friday. In the case of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day falling on Sunday and Monday, the holidays will be observed on Monday and the following Tuesday. All holidays begin at 12:01 a.m. and end at 12:00 midnight.