Employee Benefits

The Town of Pittsboro values the contributions of our staff and offers a highly competitive and comprehensive benefits package. See below for a summary of our existing benefits program1.

Group Health & Hospitalization Coverage

The Town provides both group health and hospitalization insurance for regular, full-time employees with dependent coverage available at an additional cost to the employee. Employees may elect PPO or HDHP coverage with Town contributions to the employee's Health Savings Account (HSA).

Dental & Vision

The Town provides dental and vision insurance for regular, full-time employees with dependent coverage available at an additional cost to the employee. 

Life Insurance

The Town provides a life insurance policy to regular full-time employees of two times their annual salary (rounded to the next highest thousand) with a maximum benefit of $150,000.

Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance

The Town provides an accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy to regular full-time employees of two times their annual salary (rounded to the next highest thousand) with a maximum benefit of $150,000.

Short-Term Disability

The Town provides a short-term disability plan to all regular full-time employees. The plan applies to injuries and illnesses which occur outside the workplace. Employees receive a benefit amount of 60% of their weekly salary. Benefits begin after a 7-day waiting period and may last up to 26 weeks upon medical certification. 

Vacation Leave2

Paid vacation leave is granted to all regular full-time employees with the accrual rate based on the employee's years of service in the Local Government Employees Retirement System (LGERS), Teachers' and State Employees' Retirement System (TSERS), or other North Carolina public retirement systems. Vacation hours are earned on a biweekly basis. At the end of the calendar year, unused vacation leave above the maximum of 240 hours will be converted to sick leave. 

Years of Service
Hours Accrued Per Year

Non-Law Enforcement Employees
Law Enforcement Employees
Less than Five (5) years
120
126
5 - 9 Years
144
151.20
10 - 14 Years
168
176.40
15 - 19 Years
192
201.60
20 or More Years
216
226.80


Sick Leave

Regular full-time employees are granted 96 hours of sick leave per year. Sick leave hours are earned on a biweekly basis.  

Holiday Leave 

Regular full-time employees are granted up to 14 paid holidays per year, depending on the year and date on which the holiday falls. 

Paid Parental Leave

Full-time employees who have completed one (1) year of service with the Town of Pittsboro and qualify for Family Medical Leave are eligible for Paid Parental Leave. Eligible employees may receive eight (8) weeks of paid parental leave for the birth of an employee's child or the legal placement of a child with the employee for adoption or guardianship. Paid Parental Leave runs concurrent with FMLA. 

Community Engagement Leave

Employees are granted up to twenty-four (24) hours of paid leave per year to be involved in their child or children's school activities or to volunteer with non-profit and community groups operating within Chatham County. 

Civil Leave

Employees called for jury duty or as a court witness receive paid leave for their service without charge to accumulated leave. 

Mental Health Leave

Employees are allowed up to five (5) mental health days per fiscal year (charged to sick leave) with no medical note required.

Family & Medical Leave

The Town provides up to 12 weeks of paid/unpaid job-protected leave per year to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons and certain military family reasons and up to 26 weeks of military family leave for “military caregiver leave.” 

Longevity

The Town offers longevity pay to recognize and reward an employee's total years of service to the Town. Subject to the availability of funds, full-time and part-time employees of the town are compensated for years of service by payment of a longevity supplement based on the following: 

Longevity Payment Rates
Years of Service
Longevity Amount
2-4 Years
$100
5-9 Years
$300
10-19 Years
$500
20 or More Years
$700


Employee Assistance Program

The Town of Pittsboro provides employees and family members with confidential counseling to help resolve problems impacting their work or personal lives. This confidential counseling service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at no cost to the employee or family members for up to 5 sessions per situation per year. 

Tuition Reimbursement Program

Full-time employees who have completed their initial probation may apply for tuition reimbursement for courses taken on their own time, which will improve their skills for their current job or prepare them for promotional opportunities within the Town. Employees may be reimbursed for eligible expenses up to five thousand dollars ($5,000) per fiscal year (July 1st through June 30th). Satisfactory completion of the courses will be required for reimbursement. 

Retirement

Each regular employee expected to work for the town for more than 1,000 hours annually will join the North Carolina Local Governmental Employees Retirement System (NCLGERS) as a condition of employment starting the first day of employment. A 6% contribution is deducted from pay for the retirement plan, and the Town contributes an actuarially determined amount. Employees become vested in the retirement plan after five (5) years of contributing service. 

Employees who retire under the LGERS system before the age of 65 may continue group health insurance coverage until they reach the age of 65 based on the following schedule:

Retiree Health Insurance Coverage
Years of Service to the Town
Percentage of Health Insurance Paid by the Town
0 - 14 Years
0%
15 - 19 Years
50%
20 - 24 Years
75%
25+ years
100%


This coverage will continue until the employee ceases to be retired under the LGERS system, the employee fails to pay any applicable fees on or before the due date, or the retiree becomes eligible for Medicare.

401(k)

The Town contributes 5% toward a 401(k) supplemental retirement plan for all regular employees contributing to the NCLGERS. Employees are immediately vested in the 401(k) plan. Employees may elect to contribute voluntarily to this plan up to the annual dollar amount. 


 1 - While every effort is made to maintain and update this webpage, the information contained herein should be considered informational only. The Town's Personnel Policy shall be the authoritative source for employee benefits, including any addition, modification, or removal of any duly adopted policy, procedure, or employee benefit not reflected on this webpage.

2 - Time in a qualifying retirement system used to calculate vacation accrual rates does not apply when calculating any retirement benefits the Town provides.