An Overview of Benefits


The Judicial Branch offers a wide array of benefits for its employees. The 2021-2022 Benefits Guide can be found here.

Paid Holidays

(10 per year + one personal day)

  1. New Year's Day
  2. Martin Luther King Jr./Civil Rights Day
  3. Presidents Day
  4. Memorial Day
  5. Independence Day
  6. Labor Day
  7. Veterans Day
  8. Thanksgiving Day
  9. Day After Thanksgiving
  10. Christmas Day
  11. One Personal Day

Vacation Time

Classified (Based on a 40-hour week)

  • Three weeks a year for the first three years; progressive to just over five weeks a year for 19 years and over

Unclassified

  • 23 days per calendar year

Sick Leave

In addition to Vacation Time (based on a 40-hour week)

Classified

  • Five days a year for the first three years; progressive up to seven and one-half days a year for six years and over

Unclassified

  • Ten days a year for the first three years; progressive up to fifteen days a year for seven years and over

Training & Development

  • Up to $5,250 a year for job-related tuition reimbursement
  • In-house training and career development

Subsidized Bus, Vanpool and Commuter Program

  • A free Valley Metro Platinum Pass Card to eligible, full-time employees for commuting. This card will allow you to commute to/from work using all Valley Metro transit services including the bus and Metro Light Rail for free.

OR

  • Vanpool fares are subsidized at a maximum of $104 per month. Employees are limited to one commuter subsidy at a time - either the Platinum Pass Card or the vanpool subsidy.
  • Guaranteed ride home to participants in the myCountyCommute program.

Wellness

  • Reduced medical premiums for participation in wellness initiatives
  • Nutrition, weight management, smoking cessation, exercise and fitness, and other classes offered at various County locations
  • Free 24/7 fitness centers available at various County locations
  • Reduced membership rates at LA Fitness

Retirement & Pension

Eligible employees are covered by a state-sponsored retirement plan (ASRS or PSPRS)

Deferred Compensation Program

  • Maximum contribution determined by age and earnings
  • Choose from a variety of investments
  • Personal brokerage account available
  • Plan is administered by Nationwide

Post-Employment Health Plan (PEHP)

  • Provides $10,000 contribution to a PEHP at retirement when employee has accumulated 1,000 hours of Sick Leave

Life Insurance

Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment

  • County provides coverage in amount equal to annual base salary

Additional Employee and/or Dependent Life

  • Choose coverage up to five times annual base salary for employee
  • Dependent life for spouse & children available
  • Additional AD&D coverage available for employee only or employee and family

Additional Plan information

  • Plans administered by Securian Life Insurance

Disability

Short-Term Disability

  • Choice of 3 salary replacement options: 40%, 50% or 60% of weekly salary
  • $2,000 max/week
  • Administered by Sedgwick

Long-Term Disability

  • Provided to members of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) 
  • Administered by Broadspire

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Care FSA

  • Set Aside up to $2,750 pre-tax a year to pay for eligible medical, dental and/or vision expenses incurred by employee or eligible dependent(s)

Dependent Care FSA

  • Set aside up to $5,000 pre-tax a year to pay for expenses related to child care for dependents under the age 13 or adult dependents unable to care for themselves.

Limited Scope FSA

  • Available only to Cigna HDHP or UnitedHealthcare HDHP with H.S.A. Medical Plan enrollees
  • Set aside up to $2,750 pre-tax a year for dental and vision care expenses only

Medical

Four different plans that include free preventative care (in-network only)

1. Cigna HMO (Coverage available in Maricopa County only unless there is a life-threatening emergency)

  • $350 individual/$700 family facility deductibles
  • $1,600 individual/$3,200 family out of pocket max for medical and behavioral health
  • $30 PCP copay
  • $45/$70 specialist copay
  • Free telehealth visits
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • OptumRx Co-Insurance Prescription

2. Cigna HDHP with H.S.A.

  • $1,500 individual/$3,000 family in-network deductible
  • $3,275 individual/$6,550 family in-network out of pocket maximum
  • 15% coinsurance in-network, after deductible for most covered services including inpatient, outpatient, office visits, behavioral health, and telehealth visits
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Uses Cigna HDHP prescription plan
  • County contributes $500 for individual or $1,000 for a family to H.S.A. (pro-rated by date of hire)

3. UnitedHealthcare PPO In-Network

  • $750 individual/$1,500 family in network deductible
  • $3,500 individual/$7,000 family medical and behavioral health out of pocket max
  • $25/$45 PCP copay
  • $55/$70 specialist copay
  • Free telehealth visits
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • OptumRx Co-Insurance

4. UnitedHealthcare HDHP with H.S.A.

  • $1,500 individual/$3,000 family in-network deductible
  • $3,275 individual/$6,550 family in-network out of pocket maximum
  • 15% coinsurance in-network, after deductible for most covered services including inpatient, outpatient, office visits, behavioral health and telehealth visits
  • UnitedHealthcare Behavioral Health
  • Uses HDHP OptimumRx prescription plan
  • County contributes $500 for individual of $1,000 for family to H.S.A. (pro-rated by date of hire)

Vision

EyeMed

  • In-network: $10 copay for annual exams; $130 allowance for frames or contact lenses

Dental

Cigna Prepaid Dental (DHMO)

  • $0 cleaning and oral exam
  • Discounts on orthodontic services and specialty care (in-network only)

Cigna Dental (PPO)

  • $2,000 annual benefit maximum amount
  • Each covered person can choose own dentist
  • $50 individual / $100 family deductible
  • 100% in-network coverage for diagnostic and preventive care; 80% basic restorative; 50% major restorative
  • 50% coverage for orthodontics with a $3,000 lifetime maximum

Delta Dental (PPO)

  • $2,000 annual benefit maximum amount
  • Each covered person can choose own dentist
  • $50 individual / $100 family deductible
  • 100% in-network coverage for diagnostic and preventive care; 80% basic restorative; 50% major restorative
  • 50% coverage for orthodontics with a $3,000 lifetime maximum

Behavioral Health

Employee Assistance Program (Magellan)

  • Free, confidential short-term counseling and referral services for all employees and their household members to assist with personal and work-related issues
  • Up to 12 counseling sessions per person, per concern, per year

Magellan Behavioral Health

  • For CignaHMO and UnitedHealthcare PPO enrollees
  • In-network outpatient individual therapy $25 copay with unlimited visits; inpatient hospital $25/day copay up to 30 days/year; intensive outpatient programs $100 copay per program on up to 45 visits per year

Cigna Behavioral Health

  • For Cigna HDHP with H.S.A. enrollees
  • Coinsurance is based on whether services are in- or out-of-network

United Behavioral Health

  • For UnitedHealthcare HDHP with H.S.A. enrollees
  • Coinsurance is based on whether services are in- or out-of-network

Group Legal Plan

  • Coverage for legal services such as: adoption, family matters, document review, wills

Pet Insurance

  • 3 Pets Plans to choose from

The Judicial Branch of Arizona, Maricopa County utilizes the benefits provided by Maricopa County. Plan documents, coverage comparisons and copays can be found here

Frequently Asked Questions about Benefits

Dependents eligible for coverage through the applicable health and welfare plans and dependent life and family accidental death and dismemberment insurance is an Employee’s legal spouse (not legally separated) and an Employee’s dependent child(ren) and young adult(s) up to age 26 (regardless of marital, student, residency or tax dependency status). Child/young adult includes the Employee’s natural child, stepchild (unless the Employee and his or her spouse are legally separated), legally adopted child, child placed with the Employee by court order for adoption or child for whom the Employee has been awarded legal guardianship. Additionally, a child who is permanently and totally disabled is eligible for coverage at any age provided he/she was medically certified as being permanently and totally disabled prior to his or her 26th birthday. 

 

You will be required to provide proof of eligibility for your dependents. Failure to provide the appropriate documentation will result in dependents not being enrolled in coverage.

Employees are eligible for benefits coverage if he or she is employed to work at least 20 hours per week on a regular basis, or is eligible for benefits pursuant to the terms of a contract with the Judicial Branch.

Temporary Workers and Independent Contractors are ineligible to participate in our health and welfare plans.

In general, benefits are effective the first day of the month from your hire date, or the date you become eligible for benefits.

You have 30 calendar days from the date you were hired, or the date you become eligible for benefits to enroll in benefits. 

Our benefits are on a Fiscal year. This means that our benefits are from July 1st to June 30th annually. Changes to benefits can only happen during open enrollment unless there is a qualifying event.

Our open enrollment occurs annually in approximately mid April through mid May and become effective on July 1st.

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