Skip to: Content | Footer | Accessibility
Click for RSS Feed of PUC Website     |    Resizing Fonts

Filing a Language Access Complaint
Welcome to the California Public Utilities Commission
Skip Navigation LinksPUC > Jobs > Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits


Medical Insurance (CalPERS) - The State offers its employees and their dependents a wide variety of medical plans, including HMO’s and PPO’s.  For most plans, the State pays a majority of the plan premium.

Dental Insurance - The State offers its employees and their dependents a choice among several prepaid dental plans and an indemnity dental plan.  The State pays all or a majority of the plan premium.

Vision Insurance - The State provides a fully paid vision care program through Vision Service Plan, if appointed permanent half-time or more.  Eye examinations, lenses and a frame are covered once every calendar year.

Life Insurance - An employer-paid Basic Group Term Life Insurance Plan is provided to active employees designated as excluded (i.e. supervisory, confidential, managerial and exempt). Employees designated supervisory and confidential have $25,000 of basic insurance coverage and those designated exempt and managerial have $50,000 coverage.

Employee Assistance Program - Provided at no charge to the employee, EAP provides a valuable resource for support and information during difficult times, as well as consultation on day-to-day concerns.

Long-Term Care Insurance (CalPERS) - This optional employee-paid insurance program provides for extended care for chronic illness, injury, or frailty of old age.  Conventional medical plans do not provide for this.

Legal Services - This voluntary employee-paid program can help employees get sound advice and representation to quickly resolve legal issues.

Flexible Benefit Programs

Consolidated Benefits (CoBen) - This program is for designated excluded supervisory, confidential, managerial, exempt and rank and rile employees in units 2 and 9.  CoBen provides a total benefit allowance, rather than specific contribution amounts for medical, dental, and vision benefits.  Depending on the total cost of the plans chosen, CoBen may allow employees to receive additional taxable income each month.

FlexElect Reimbursement Accounts - This program lets employees set aside wages in a “reimbursement account” to pay for qualifying medical or dependent care expenses.

Cash Options - If medical or dental coverage is available for you through your spouse or another source, an employee may opt to receive taxable cash in lieu of these benefits.

Salary Continuance and Compensation

Long-Term Disability (LTD) - LTD is obtainable to employees designated excluded (i.e. supervisory, confidential, managerial and exempt) and provides income protection insurance coverage offered through the State’s Plan which helps to replace part of an employee’s paycheck if unable to work due to an injury or illness.

Non-Industrial Disability Insurance (NDI) - This program provides up to $135.00 per week for 26 weeks during an injury or illness, is fully paid by the State, and is typically used after the employee has exhausted his/her sick leave.  Employees under the State’s Annual Leave Program (ALP) receive 50%of their gross pay for the same period.

Savings Bond - Through voluntary participation, savings bonds can be purchased through automatic payroll deductions.

Workers' Compensation - This Program assists in providing both injury prevention services and in coordinating activities designed to return disabled employees to work as soon as is medically feasible.


Savings Plus Program (SPP) - This program offers a 401(k) Plan and a 457 Plan to eligible State of California employees to save pre-tax compensation to use at a later time.

Alternate Retirement Program (ARP) - This is a retirement savings program that certain employees hired on or after 8/11/04, are automatically enrolled in for their first 2 years of employment with the State.

CalPERS - Employees become members of the California Public Employees’ Retirement System under the 2% at age 55 formula.  Automatically enrolled in the first tier formula retirement plan with CalPERS if first hired by the State in ---- or later and employees hired before ---- are automatically enrolled under the second tier retirement formula.

Leaves - For certain bargaining contracts, employees may choose between two leave plans:

Vacation Leave and Sick Leave - Full-time employees receive 2 weeks of vacation per year accrued at the rate of 7 hours per month.  The rate increases after 3 years to 11 hours per month (3 weeks per year).  Additional hours are accrued after 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service.

Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 1 day per month (8 hours) with no maximum accrual limit and may be applied toward service credit upon retirement.

Annual Leave - In lieu of separate vacation and sick leave balances, employees may elect the annual leave plan.  Under this plan, employees accrue 15 hours of leave per month to use toward any time off.  Additional hours accrue after 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service.

Holidays - 14 paid holidays each year.

Additional Benefits

Transit pass subsidy of up to $100 per month, on-site child care

Last Modified: 7/7/2008

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.