Employee benefits

An exceptional staff deserves exceptional benefits – that’s why we make it a priority to offer our employees a variety of top-notch benefits and programs, including an excellent health care plan, retirement savings options, educational reimbursement and much more. An employee-led Health Task Force reviews and evaluates these plans on a regular basis to ensure our employees receive the absolute best we have to offer.  Our LiveWell Health and Wellness Program helped Lenexa earn recognition as a Healthy Kansas City Gold Certified Company in 2016.


To learn more, browse our benefits topics:
Health and Wellness

Retirement

Work-Life balance

Insurance

Education and Recreation

LiveWell Health and Wellness Programs

Health Care

We offer a Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) medical and dental plan with three options for coverage: employee only, employee plus one, or family. The medical plan network is through Aetna and the dental network is through Delta Dental. The city's dental plan is one of the best plans for employees among similar municipalities. Vision plan coverage is also available through EyeMed. Coverage for these plans begins the first day of the calendar month following the date of hire. Rates vary based on coverage selection.

We also offer an optional, Flexible Spending Account for health and dependent care expenses. These benefits allow employees to make pre-tax paycheck deductions up to $5,000 annually for each account to pay for dependent care expenses and health care expenses that are not covered by insurance.

Wellness

The City of Lenexa's employee wellness program is dedicated to educating and empowering employees to make healthy lifestyle choices. Employees who participate in the wellness program receive a discounted health insurance premium and free access to the city's LiveWell Health Center. Spouses who are on the city's health plan are also included in the city's wellness program. Employees and spouses also have access to a free on-site fitness center and are able to attend free fitness classes offered through the LiveWell program. The City also partners with local health and fitness centers for discounted rates for city employees.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

The EAP provides confidential, professional consultation for assistance in resolving personal issues. This free service is available to full- and regular part-time employees beginning on their first day of employment. Employees may voluntarily seek the services of the EAP as needed.

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Retirement

KPERS/KP&F

Contributions to the defined benefit retirement plans, Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) and Kansas Police and Fire (KP&F) accounts are made by the employee and the city, based on the employee’s annual salary. Full-time and regular part-time employees become members and begin contributing to KPERS or KP&F on the first day of employment. This program also includes long-term disability benefits, term life insurance (KPERS), a death benefit (KP&F) and the availability of additional term life insurance.

City of Lenexa Supplemental Retirement Plans

Unique to the City of Lenexa, the 401(a) plan is an employer-funded retirement savings account for employees into which the city contributes four percent of each eligible employee's annual salary. The city may also contribute up to an additional two percent into this account, based on the employee's participation in the 457 deferred compensation program. The optional 457 plan allows employees to contribute to a pre-tax retirement account with KPERS457 or ICMA-RC through payroll deduction.

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Work-Life balance

We believe that a good work-life balance makes a happy, healthy employee. Our employees are offered a variety of leave time, including vacation, sick and bereavement leave when needed, personal days and compensatory time, if applicable.

  • Vacation – Employees accrue vacation hours with every pay cycle. the leave accumulation rate increases each year of employment.
  • Personal holiday hours – Employees are allotted personal holiday hours to use within the calendar year, equal to two regular days of work. Subject to supervisor notice and approval. there is no waiting period to use personal holiday hours.
  • Holidays – The City of Lenexa observes the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
  • Sick leave – Employees accrue sick leave hours with every pay cycle. There is no waiting period to use accrued sick leave, and it may be used for personal illness or injury, illness or injury of an immediate family member, or any leave provided for by the Family Medical Leave Act.
  • Bereavement leave – Bereavement leave can be used to attend the funeral of a family member, including travel, making funeral arrangements and taking care of family matters.
  • Compensatory leave – Supervisors may authorize compensatory leave time in lieu of overtime for certain positions. This leave time is credited at one and a half times the actual hours worked and may be used according to the same procedures as vacation time.

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Life, Disability and Long Term Care Insurance

Term Life Insurance

All full-time employees are covered by an employer-sponsored term life insurance policy in the amount of one times their annual salary. They may also purchase additional life insurance for self, spouse or children once membership requirements are met. Through KP&F and KPERS membership, employees can purchase additional life insurance coverage at a minimum cost.

Short Term Disability

Employees who are off work because of illness or non-work related injuries may be eligible to receive 60 percent of their salary through the city's short term disability plan. This benefit is fully funded by the city.

Long Term Care

Full-time employees can enroll in the city's Long Term Care (LTC) plan, and pay via payroll deduction. LTC is designed to provide coverage for future medical or personal care services provided outside of a hospital setting, such as a nursing home or in the insured's home for a health condition not covered by medical insurance.

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Education and Recreation

Education Expense Reimbursement Program

After their first year of employment and upon course completion, full-time employees may be reimbursed up to $2,500 per year for city-approved courses at an accredited college, university or other approved institution in which they are enrolled. Employees must receive a 2.0 or higher grade point average in order to receive this benefit. The city will reimburse employees for tuition, books and materials for department-approved, work-related college courses.

Recreation discount

Employees and their families receive a 20-percent discount off Community Center activities and swimming pool passes.

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