This website will give you a summary of the many benefits offered to McHenry County employees. Please be aware that all information on this page is subject to change without notice and not all benefits are offered to all employees. If you are hired for a position with McHenry County, you will be notified at the new employee orientation what benefits you are eligible for. This is not a guarantee of benefits.
Medical and Dental Insurance
McHenry County offers new hire employee, except for specific unions, a Consumer Driven Health Plan through BCBS. Along with the plan employees are provided:
- Funds deposited into a Health Savings Account (HSA)
- $500 for single
- $1,000 for family
- No premium cost for employee coverage
- Free accident coverage for employee and any covered dependents
Select unions do not have access to Blue Advantage HMO and Preferred PPO plans.
All insurance options are offered through BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. Please visit the links below to view a summary of each of the health insurance plans:
In addition to the medical plans, employees are also offered a dental plan, a vision plan, and accident insurance. The dental plan, like the health insurance plan, is offered through BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois. For a summary sheet of the Dental plan effective January 1, 2017, and is effective until December 31, 2017, please click here [PDF]. The vision plan is offered through Eye Med. For a summary sheet of the vision plan effective January 1, 2017 and is effective until December 31, 2017 please click here (PDF). The accident insurance is offered through MetLife. For a summary sheet of the accident insurance effective January 1, 2017 and is effective until December 31, 2017 please click here (PDF).
The rates for an new hire employee that went into effect January 1, 2017, and are in effect until December 31, 2017, can be found by clicking here [PDF]. The rates for select active union employees that went into effect January 1, 2017 and are in effect until December 31, 2017 can be found by clicking here (PDF).
McHenry County employees that participate in the McHenry County Group Health Insurance Program do have the option to also participate in the 125 Plan. The 125 Plan allows County employees to have their health insurance premiums deducted pre-tax.
Flexible Spending Account
McHenry County employees have the option to participate in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) administered through Employee Benefits Corporation (EBC). An FSA allows employees to save pre-tax for qualified medical expenses and dependent care expenses up to the limit established by the IRS.
Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund
McHenry County employees that meet the qualifications are enrolled in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. This is an excellent retirement benefit that also offers disability benefits and a death benefit. Generally, an employee will contribute 4.5% of their gross wages, pre-tax, to their IMRF fund. The County also contributes a portion. Sheriff Deputies contribute 7.5% of their gross wages. For more information, visit IMRF's website.
Nationwide Retirement Solutions
All employees have the option to enroll into the 457 Plan made available through Nationwide Retirement Solutions. The 457 Plan is similar to a 401K plan. Employees select the dollar amount they wish to have deducted from their paycheck, pretax and also decide how they would like their funds to be distributed. The Nationwide Retirement Solutions representative normally offers a couple of seminars throughout the year to discuss retirement. The representative also schedules days throughout the year for one-on-one appointments with employees.
Vacation and Sick Leave
Regular full-time and regular part-time employees are offered vacation time in order to provide opportunities for rest, relaxation and personal pursuits. All vacation eligibility is computed based on the number of continuous years of service and the number of hours an employee is scheduled to work.
Regular full-time and part-time employees are offered sick leave benefits to be used when the employee is incapacitated due to a non-work related illness, injury, or disability or to care for an ill/disabled immediate family member (as defined by the McHenry County Sick Leave Policy) and/or in conjunction with an approved family medical leave. Similar to vacation time, sick leave is computed based on the number of continuous years of service and the number of hours an employee is scheduled to work.
Personal days are awarded to regular full time employees as established by the McHenry County Board. Part time employees will be given personal days on a pro-rated basis. Generally, employees are awarded two (2) personal days each year.
Regular full time and regular part time employees shall receive holidays with pay each year as established by Resolution of the McHenry County Board. In 2016, the McHenry County Board approved 14 holidays.
Employee Assistance Program
Advantage EAP is a confidential service offered to employees to provide interventions for all employees and family members who are in need. These needs can vary from relationship difficulties, substance abuse, financial and legal issues, to lifestyle challenges.
Family Medical Leave
Employees of McHenry County are eligible for Family Medical Leave as long as they meet all the requirements as defined by the Family Medical Leave Act. For more information about the Family Medical Leave Act please visit the Department of Labor's website.