Employee Benefits & Leave Summary

Savings and other benefits

Cafeteria Plan: A payroll-deduction savings plan which permits employees to set aside a portion of their salary on a tax-free basis to pay for state medical and group term life insurance premiums and to be reimbursed for certain medical, child, and dependent-care expenses.

Direct Deposit: Use of direct deposit or pay card for payroll and expense reimbursements is a condition of employment and continued employment with the State of Missouri.

Payroll Deductions: Direct payment through payroll deductions is available for a variety of insurance and investment programs and for certain charitable causes.

Credit Union: Checking, savings, and lending services through payroll deduction. Services also include traveler's checks, credit cards, and automatic teller machine cards.

Legal Expense Fund: Full malpractice and other liability coverage provided for claims or judgments against employees arising out of and performed in connection with official duties on behalf of the state.


Retirement: Coverage through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System (MOSERS), supported solely by the state. Vesting occurs after ten years for new employees. New Employees may apply for normal retirement at age 67 with 10 years of credited service, or at least age 55 with the sum of age and credited service equaling at least 90. Early Retirement for new employees: At least age 62 with 10 years credited service with a reduction in the base benefit. New employees will be required to contribute 4% of pay to the retirement system. The subsidized purchase of service provisions and the BackDROP options are eliminated for new employees.

Social Security: Paid through employee-employer contributions.

Deferred Compensation: A payroll deduction plan available offering to shelter your income from taxes ranging from life insurance, stock purchase plans, and retirement plans. Monies are taxable when withdrawn. Administered by CitiStreet.

U.S. Savings Bonds: Available through payroll deduction plan.


Health Insurance: Employees have options of different coverage depending on location. Family, spouse, or dependent coverage begins the first month following employment.

Basic Life Insurance: Term life insurance ($15,000) coverage through the Missouri State Employees Retirement System.

Optional Life Insurance: Optional group life insurance available with maximum coverage of six times annual salary. Premiums paid by employee.

COBRA: Post-separation continuation of insurance benefits for those qualifying.

Paid Leave

Vacation Leave: Three weeks (120 hours) annually accrued at a rate of one and a quarter days (10 hours) a month with a a 30-day accrual limit. Additional time accrues after 10 and 15 years of service.

Holidays: Twelve paid holidays each year with additional days as designated by the governor.

Sick Leave: Employees accrue one and a quarter sick leave days (10 hours) each month without limit on accrual.

Worker's Compensation: Protection paid by the state against work-related accidents or illnesses provided immediately upon employment and as long as employed.

Funeral Leave: Leave with pay may be granted upon death of a member of employee's immediate family.

Administrative Leave: Leave with pay may be granted for training or professional conference attendance when representing the agency.

Subpoena Duty: When subpoenaed, leave with pay to act as a juror or to appear in court on agency business.

Military Leave: Up to 120 hours each federal fiscal year with pay, in addition to vacation leave, to attend reserve summer camp or other military training when orders are issued.

Family Medical Leave (FMLA): Eligible employees are granted up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave and maintenance of health coverage.