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Benefits & Retirement

The following is a listing of some of the benefits that are offered to full-time and part-time career service employees.

Employee Paid Benefits

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage: We offer multiple insurance plans with comprehensive networks and coverage. 

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA): We offer four flexible spending accounts – limited purpose FSA, healthcare FSA, dependent care FSA and transit FSA. To cover eligible expenses, employees can contribute pre-tax income towards a flexible spending account. 

  • Health Savings Account (HSA): Employees enrolled in a high deductible health plan can contribute pre-tax income which can be applied towards eligible medical expenses. Unlike flexible spending accounts, these contributions can roll over each year and accrue interest. If enrolled, the city will contribute towards this account.

Employer Paid Benefits

  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance: Provided to regular employees at no cost in the event of death or serious accidental injury.

  • Short-Term Disability (STD): Provides partial income replacement for individuals unable to work due to a temporary disability, such as an illness or injury. Coverage provides up to 11 weeks of tax-free pay to the employee. 

  • Long Term Disability (LTD): Supplements 60% percent of an employee's salary if an employee cannot work for a prolonged time due to serious injury or illness.

  • Wellness Program: We prioritize the mental, physical, financial and emotional well-being of our employees. Employees can take advantage of a subsidized recreation center pass, on-site gym, group fitness classes, and wellness challenges. There are also numerous resources and classes to support with financial and mental well-being.


  • Pension Plan: Career Service employees contribute 7% of their gross salary to the General Employees' Retirement Plan (GERP) and start vesting in their pension at five years of credible service. Civil Service employees contribute to a separate retirement plan.

  • Deferred Compensation (457b): Available on a voluntary basis, this benefit can help employees save for retirement. By participating, employees will provide pre-tax contributions to the plan through automatic payroll deductions. 

  • Paid Volunteering: To support employees’ efforts to give back to the Aurora community, employees can receive up to eight paid volunteer hours each year.   

Employee Leave

  • Holidays: There are 11 paid holidays granted to all regular and introductory employees.

  • Personal Leave: Upon completion of six months of continuous service, an employee can receive paid time off in the form of Personal Leave. Once a full-time employee completes 12 months of continuous service, they are entitled to 16 hours annually.

  • Annual Leave: Employees can accrue annual leave based on length of continuous service and seniority hours worked. Introductory period employees can accrue and take annual leave prior to six months of service, up to the amount accrued.

  • Sick Leave: Regular Career Service employees, excluding elected officials, accrue sick leave upon their date of hire. These employees accrue 104 hours of sick leave annually.

  • FMLA: In compliance with the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, the city provides employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a calendar year for eligible family and medical conditions.

  • Emergency Leave: Any regular or variable-hour benefited employee may be allowed, at the discretion of the department director, up to five working days or 40 hours paid time off in the case of a death involving an employee's immediate family or in the case of a natural disaster involving the employee.

  • Civil Leave: Employees who are summoned for jury duty, wish to vote, or are subpoenaed in an official capacity during a regularly scheduled workday can receive paid civil leave.

  • Military Leave:  Employees who are either active or reserve military personnel can receive a maximum of 25 paid days each calendar year.

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