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Penison & Employee Benefits Administration

Employee Benefits

Our team manages a variety of employee benefit programs and are available to assist Town employees, retirees, and eligible dependents through the coordination and administration of a full range of employee benefit programs. We provide management of the following employee benefit programs:

  • Health care plans (PPO and HDHP/HSA)
  • Prescription drug plan
  • Vision plan
  • Dental plans
  • Life insurance plans
  • Long-term disability
  • Flexible spending account

This program coordinates the health benefit programs including contract administration with a variety of providers including our claims administrator, prescription drug administrator, health plan network administrators, dental and vision providers, and others. We continually evaluate and implement plan design and plan changes to control costs and offer a comprehensive benefit package intended to attract and retain quality professionals. We regularly monitor benefit service contracts to ensure the appropriate delivery of services and compliance with performance measures to include internal audits of Third Party Administrators.

Annually, we facilitate and coordinate the Open Enrollment program briefings to educate employees, retirees, and their eligible dependents on the benefit programs’ offerings.

Employees and retirees with questions or inquiries about their employee benefits are encouraged to contact our office.

Voluntary Supplemental Benefit Plans

We understand that a benefits package is not always “one-size-fits-all”. The Town of West Hartford offers eligible full time employees a voluntary benefits program through the Farmington Company to help address the individual needs of the employee and their family with advantages that otherwise might not be available to the employee on their own. The voluntary benefit offerings, which are paid by the employee, are designed to complement the Employee Benefit Package and provide additional security for eligible employees and their families. Offerings include additional life insurance, disability insurance and critical illness insurance.

Retirement Programs

The Pension and Benefits Division, working in concert with the West Hartford Pension Board (Chapter 5, Article V West Hartford Code of Ordinances), administers a selffunded, multi-tiered, closed retirement plan for the Town and Board of Education, coordinating services provided under the Town of West Hartford Pension Ordinances and in compliance with Town and Board collective bargaining agreements. Staff is available to meet with employees to explain retiree benefits that they may qualify for and assist them through the transition from employment to retirement.

Employees participating in Part E of the Pension Plan have a 401(a) benefit administered through ICMA-RC. Information about the defined benefit and defined contribution plan can be provided by Pension & Benefits Division staff.

Deferred Compensation Programs are offered to eligible employees providing voluntary investment options designed to supplement income at retirement. Representatives from ICMA-RC and MassMutual are available periodically to meet with employees as they assess and plan for their retirement needs.

Employee Wellness Programs

The health and welfare of our employees has a direct impact on our success as an organization. Healthy employees have been found to be happier and more productive employees. The Town seeks to provide a comprehensive wellness program to educate and train employees on health and wellness activities designed to improve overall employee health through behavior change and education.

Brown bag lunch workshops, yoga, and Weight Watchers @ Work, are just a few of the offerings to support employees in their effort to improve or sustain good health.


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