Q: Upon electing the Modified Benefit Option (MBO), will the additional hourly compensation amount that will be added to my base rate of pay apply towards the base rate of pay for my pension?
A: Yes, upon separation from the County, the additional hourly compensation amount will be included as part of the base rate of pay for calculating pension.
Q: Will I receive the same Dental Premium Subsidy (DPS) as an employee with traditional benefits?
A: Yes, employees who elect the Modified Benefit Option (MBO), are eligible for a dental premium subsidy, and are enrolled in a County-sponsored dental plan will receive the same DPS as an employee with traditional benefits.
Q: Will I receive the same Medical Premium Subsidy (MPS) as an employee with traditional benefits?
A: No, employees who elect the Modified Benefit Option (MBO) and who are enrolled in a County sponsored medical plan will not receive the same MPS as an employee with traditional benefits. Employees who elect MBO will receive the MPS amounts specified in their MOU.
Q: I was hired into a County position that is not eligible to elect the Modified Benefit Option (MBO). What happens to my existing Paid Time Off (PTO) balance?
A: County employees who are hired into a position that is not eligible for the MBO, will carry over their existing PTO balance and begin accruing Vacation, Sick, and Holiday leave immediately.
Q: What happens to my Paid Time Off (PTO) if my employment with the County ends?
A: Upon termination of employment for reasons other than retirement, unused PTO will be compensated at employee's base rate of pay in a lump sum payment for accrued PTO and will not be carried on the payroll.
Terminating employees, except those retiring, shall be compensated at their base rate of pay plus the additional MBO compensation amount for accrued PTO that they were entitled to use as of the date of separation from County employment.
Retiring employees may elect to use PTO or be compensated in a lump sum payment for accrued time, provided that each pay period the employee charges the number of hours he/she is regularly scheduled to work.
NOTE: Employees who have any unused PTO balance upon separation from County employment will not be eligible to cash out such PTO balance to the Retirement Medical Trust, and the employee will be compensated for such unused PTO hours.
Q: Must I enroll in a County-Sponsored medical and dental plan, if I elect the Modified Benefit Option (MBO)?
A: Yes, County employees who elect the MBO are required to enroll in a County-sponsored medical and dental plan, unless they opt-out of or waive County-sponsored medical and/or dental coverage in the same manner as employees who elect the traditional benefit option.
Contact the Employee Benefits and Services Division (EBSD) or your Payroll Specialist for more information and to obtain the required enrollment and/or waiver forms.
Q: What if I want to return to the traditional benefit option?
A: Employees may change from MBO to the Traditional Benefit Option during open enrollment or when they experience a qualifying event.
Q: Can I elect the Modified Benefit Option (MBO) as a part-time employee?
A: No, as a part-time employee, you are not eligible to elect the MBO. Only full-time employees (in eligible classifications) in regular positions are eligible to elect the MBO.
Q: What classifications are eligible to elect the Modified Benefit Option (MBO)?
A: Refer to the Modified Benefit Option article in your MOU for a list of eligible classifications.