City of Shawnee

Employee Benefits

Health Insurance
City of Shawnee employees may participate in a comprehensive health insurance plan offered through Cigna Health Insurance.

With a valued culture of wellness, the City is a recipient of the Cigna Well Being Award as well as a recipient of the Gold Level Workplace Wellness Certification from the Kansas City Chambers Healthy KC initiative.  

Dental Insurance
City of Shawnee employees may choose to participate in the dental insurance plan offered through Delta Dental of Kansas.

Vision Insurance
The City offers employees a voluntary participation vision plan through Surency.

Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS / KP&F)
All eligible employees are enrolled in either the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) or the Kansas Police & Fire Retirement System (KP&F). Employee contribution percentages of gross wages are set by the State of Kansas. City contributions are actuarially determined each year and are a higher percentage than contributed by the employee.

Deferred Compensation
The City of Shawnee participates in the State of Kansas Deferred Compensation Program. Deferred compensation is an optional plan that allows employees to postpone receiving part of their current salary until retirement. Employees pay no federal income taxes on the salary deferred or on any investment earnings until received. 

Defined Contribution 401(a) Savings Plan
Employees are eligible to enroll in a voluntary Defined Contribution 401(a) Savings Plan. Employees who elect to participate in this plan contribute their dollars to the KPERS (Empower) Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan. The City contributes matching dollars (up to 4%) in the 401(a) Plan currently administered by KPERS Empower. 

For employees hired on or after January 1, 2013, the City will make the following matching contribution:

 Employee 457(b) Contribution  City’s Matching 401(a) Contribution
 1% or more, but less than 2% of base salary  1% of base salary
 2% or more, but less than 3% of base salary  2% of base salary
 3% or more, but less than 4% of base salary  3% of base salary
 4% or more 4% of base salary

Life Insurance
The City of Shawnee offers life insurance through Cigna Insurance. The City pays 100% of the individual premiums.

Benefit Summary at a Glance (pdf)
Paid Holidays
New Years Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Presidents Day
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Holiday (following Friday)
Vacation Leave

Accrual schedule for regular full-time, non-firefighter positions

 Years of Employment   Accrual Accumulation per Pay Period Accumulation per Year 
 0 to 1
3.08 hours
80.08 hours
2 to 3
3.70 hours
96.2 hours
4 to 7  4.62 hours
120.12 hours 
8 to 11
5.54 hours
144.04 hours 
12 to 15  6.77 hours  176.02 hours 
16 to 19   7.08 hours  184.08 hours 
20+ years  7.70 hours  200.2 hours 

Accrual schedule for regular part-time positions

  Half-Time Three-Quarter Time
 Years of Employment   Accrual Accumulation per Pay Period  Accumulation 
per Year
Accrual Accumulation per Pay Period  Accumulation 
per Year 
 0 to 1
1.54 hours
40.04 hours  2.4 hours 
62.4 hours 
2 to 3
1.85 hours
 48.10 hours 2.77 hours
 72.02 hours
4 to 7  2.31 hours 
 60.06 hours 3.47 hours  90.22 hours 
8 to 11
2.77 hours 
 72.02 hours  4.16 hours  108.16 hours 
12 to 15  3.39 hours  88.14 hours   5.08 hours  132.08 hours  
16 to 19   3.54 hours  92.04 hours  5.31 hours  138.06 hours 
20+ years  3.85 hours  100.10 hours  5.77 hours  150.02 hours 

Accrual schedule for shift firefighter positions

 Years of Employment  Accrual Accumulation per Pay Period Accumulation per Year 
0 to 1 4.31 hours
112.06 hours 
2 to 3   5.28 hours  137.28 hours
4 to 7 6.43 hours  167.18 hours 
8 to 11 7.94 hours  206.44 hours 
 12 to 15 9.46 hours  245.96 hours 
 16 to 19 10.20 hours    265.20 hours 
 20+ years 10.97 hours   285.22 hours 

Sick Leave

 Status  Accrual Accumulation per Pay Period Accumulation per Year 
Full-Time 3.7 hours 96.2 hours 
 Part-Time (3/4 time)  2.78 hours  72.28 hours
Part-time (1/2 time)  1.85 hours  48.1 hours 
Shift Firefighter  5.17 hours  134.42 hours 

Other Benefits
Personal Day
Personal Day Employees are eligible for one personal leave day after completing one full year of full time employment. Personal days may not be carried over from year to year. Employees may opt to be paid in lieu of taking the day off.

Section 125

The City of Shawnee offers a Section 125 plan in accordance with Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code, whereby employees may have money for medical and dental insurance premiums, medical reimbursement and dependent care deducted from their paychecks tax deferred and set aside into a special account. Employees then submit receipts for eligible expenses incurred and are reimbursed from the money in their accounts.

Tuition Reimbursement
Employees are eligible for reimbursement for tuition and books for college credit courses taken at an accredited institution to help improve their performance in their current position or better prepare them for promotion to related and higher level positions. Maximum reimbursement amounts are determined by your employment status.

Employee Assistance Program
The City has contracted with Saint Luke's Lifewise Employee Assistance Program to provide short term counseling for family issues, marital conflict, divorce adjustment, conflicts in the workplace, step family concerns, grief recovery, communication difficulties, psychological/ emotional problems, substance abuse, and financial or legal problems. This benefit also provides professional development and mentoring opportunities to employees. This program is confidential.