Benefits summary

Employee Benefits as of July 1, 2023

Work Schedule:
The District currently works a 9/80 work schedule with 80 hours in a two-week pay period.

Vacation and Sick Leave:
10 days per year of vacation for the first three years of service; additional days earned with additional years of service.  12 days per year of sick leave.

Annual Sick Leave Pay Off:
Annually, full-time employees will be paid for any accumulated sick leave hours in excess of 176 hours at a rate of 75% of their regular hourly rate.

12 days per year.

Health and Dental Insurance:
Employees have multiple health plans from which to choose.  The plans are 100% paid by the District for the employee and all eligible dependents. Coverage is effective the first of the month after hire.

Employees have two dental plans from which to choose.  The two plans are 100% paid by the District for the employee and all eligible dependents.  Coverage is effective the first of the month following 30 days of full time service

Flexible Benefit Plan:
Beginning January 1, 2024, employees may elect annually to set aside up to $3,200 in pre-tax dollars for reimbursement of health care expenses and up to $5,000 (married) and $2,500 (single) for dependent care reimbursement.

Life Insurance:
$50,000 of life insurance is provided for each employee along with $50,000 of Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance.  Dependent coverage up to $5,000 is also provided by the District.

Short & Long Term Disability:
The District shall provide short-term and long-term disability insurance to all LWD employees at no cost to the employee.  New employees are eligible for disability coverage on the first day of the month following 30 days of employment and in accordance with all enrollment and eligibility requirements established by the District with the insurance carriers.  Employees shall assume responsibility for any income tax obligations resulting from the payment of insurance premiums.

The District has a two-tier retirement system through the California Public Employees' Retirement System. New employees hired after January 1, 2013, Tier II, are required to pay an employee contribution of 7.75% of gross pay on a pre-tax basis. The benefit formula for Tier II employees is 2% @ 62.

PERS members before January 1, 2013, Classic Members or Tier I, are required to pay 8% of gross pay on a pre-tax basis (as of 7/1/2017).  The benefit formula for Classic/Tier I CalPERS members is 3% @ 60.

Deferred Compensation Plan:
An optional deferred income 457 plan is available which allows current income to be set aside as supplemental retirement savings. The District will match 2% of the employee’s salary up to 2% of the Social Security maximum.

Tuition Assistance Program:
The District reimburses up to $2,000 per fiscal year for pre-approved educational expenses.