The following is a brief outline of benefits available to you as an employee
of St. Joseph Health – Sonoma County. You may obtain further information
on plan descriptions in Human Resource Services.
Definitions Relative to Benefit Eligibility
Benefited Employee Categories (per pay period is every two weeks)
Full Time: Regularly scheduled to work 80 hours per pay period.
Regular Part-Time 4: Regularly scheduled to work 64 hours per pay period
Regular Part-Time 3: Regularly scheduled to work 48 hours per pay period.
Regular Part-Time 2: Regularly scheduled to work 32 hours per pay period.
Other Employee Categories
Relief/Per Diem: Employees who work intermittently on a scheduled or as-needed basis depending
on individual department needs or by contractual agreement.
Temporary: Working in a position for a temporary period of time.
Casual Pool/Supplemental Pool: Employees who work on occasion as required by department or contractual
Paid Time Off (PTO)
The Paid Time Off (PTO) program combines vacation, holiday, and personal
holiday hours for use by employees. Accruals for PTO time are based on
straight time hours paid, the employee’s work category, and the
employee’s length of benefit service with the St. Joseph Health
– Sonoma County. PTO accrues immediately upon the start of employment
as a benefited employee and is prorated for regular part-time employees.
Recognized Holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Day, President’s Day,
Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
Sick Leave Benefits: This benefit provides paid sick leave for eligible employees to prevent
loss of income when an employee is sick or disabled. Sick leave begins
accruing with the first day of eligible employment. Accruals are based
on straight-time hours paid.
Health and Welfare Benefits
The following benefits are available to all employee work categories except
casual pool, supplemental pool, and temporary employees.
Medical Plan: A Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) plan is available to employees.
This network offers access to a variety of healthcare providers and services.
Prescription Drug Plan: Coverage for prescription drugs is provided through Express Scripts.
You must be enrolled in the medical plan to receive prescription drug
Dental Plan: The dental plan covers numerous dental services. The plan is administered
by Delta Dental of California.
Vision Plan: This program covers regular eye exams, as well as glasses, frames or
contact lenses for you and your dependents. This program is administered
by Vision Service Plan (VSP).
Flexible Spending Accounts: Also known as Healthcare and Dependent Care Reimbursement Accounts. This
plan offer you an opportunity to set aside dollars on a pre-tax basis
to cover out-of-pocket expenses not covered under your medical, dental
and vision plans. You may also use this plan to pay for dependent expenses.
The amount you estimate to cover health and/or dependent care expenses
for a calendar year is deducted each paycheck before you pay taxes. Eligible
expenses for reimbursement are listed in the plan description.
Basic Life Insurance: The hospital provides Basic Life insurance coverage and Basic Accidental
Death and Dismemberment. This benefit is fully paid for by the employer.
Your basic coverage amount is (1) times your base annual salary up to
a maximum of $50,000, but not less than $25,000. Available to full time
and regular part-time employees.
Basic Long Term Disability Insurance: Wage protection for long term disabilities. This benefit is fully paid
by the employer. Employees have the option to purchase supplemental coverage.
Available to full time and regular part-time employees.
401(a) Plan: Employer contributions are allocated to eligible employees based on years
of service. Eligibility in the plan requires you have a year of service
and be at least twenty-one (21) years of age. A year of service is a year
in which you work at least 1,000 hours. Employees with 5 or more years
are 100% vested.
401(k) Plan: The 401(k) plan allows you to make pre-tax contributions to your own
account and choose from an array of investment funds. Participation in
the Plan for employee contributions is open to employees who have completed
1 month of service. St. Joseph Health will contribute 50 cents on the
dollar for the first 2% of pay that you save. The Employer match is subject
to a vesting schedule. One year with 1,000 hours of service is required
to receive the match.
Annual Service Award Program: Employees receive recognition for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 (+) years
of continuous service.
Cafeteria Discounts: A variety of food items are discounted to employees wearing name badges.
Compassionate/Bereavement Leave: Full-time and regular part-time employees are eligible to receive days
off each calendar year. Please refer to the Policy and Procedure Manual.
Continuing Education Leave: Benefited employees may take up to five days paid leave each calendar
year, (prorated for regular part-time employees) to attend workshops,
classes, or seminars directly related to their employment.
Credit Union: The Sonoma Federal Credit Union offers a number of services for employees
including low cost loans and automatic payroll deductions for savings.
Direct Deposit: You may request to have your paycheck deposited automatically to your
participating bank or credit union each pay day. Pay days are every other
Friday. Discount Programs: A variety of discounts to amusement parks,
health clubs, and other services throughout California.
- Education Assistance: Financial assistance is available to eligible employees
for the purpose of education to obtain degrees/certification through an
accredited college or university with courses related to our healthcare ministry.
Employee Appreciation Events: Throughout the year we host various activities to express our appreciation
to employees. These include various holiday celebrations, Employee of
the Month, Employee of the Year, and Values in Action awards which recognize
and reward outstanding contributions to the hospital’s ministry
Employee Assistance Program (EAP): A service designed to provide confidential help to employees and their
dependents who have personal concerns or issues.
HealthWise: HealthWise is a benefit for all employees that offers tools, activities,
and educational materials that can help employees maintain good health
through preventative care and early intervention.
Jury Duty: Benefited employees are paid straight-time pay when called for jury duty.
Leaves of Absences: Personal, medical, pregnancy, disability, family care, military, and
workers’ compensation leaves are available.
Life Learning Center: A center providing educational opportunities to employees, their families
and the community. Classes support the body, mind and spirit of those
Parking: Free parking is provided for employees.
Shift and Relief/Per Diem Differential: Refer to Policy and Procedure Manual for differential rates.
Social Security: Provides retirement income, Medicare benefits, disability income benefits
and survivor benefits.
St. Joseph Connections: An employee newsletter with information on St. Joseph Health –
Sonoma County and its employees.
State Disability Insurance (SDI): Wage protection for non-work related injuries and illnesses.
Unemployment Insurance: Provides wage protection for a period of unemployment that occurs through
no fault of your own.
Workers’ Compensation Insurance: Wage protection and medical expenses for qualifying on-the-job injuries