County of Los Angeles Benefits

The County of Los Angeles recognizes excellence and performance by providing comprehensive and competitive benefit programs to its employees. Emphasis is directed toward offering you and your family a variety of benefits that help meet your needs and balance your career with your personal life. The main theme of all of the programs is flexibility – allowing you to choose between nontaxable benefits, taxable cash and the best plan for you and your family. In addition, the County pays you a monthly “benefit allowance” to use to pay for these benefits.

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Cafeteria Benefit Plans

The County currently offers three comprehensive and competitive cafeteria benefit plans.  Each plan has different benefits and rates.

  • Choices Benefit Plan* - for employees represented by the Coalition of County Unions.
  • Options Benefit Plan* - for employees represented by SEIU Local 721.
  • MegaFlex Benefit Plan* - for eligible non-represented employees

As a participant of one of the above plans, you may be eligible to elect the following benefits:

  • Medical Coverage
  • Dental Coverage
  • Group Term Life Insurance – for Options and Choices participants only
  • Dependent Term Life Insurance
  • Group Variable Universal Life Insurance - for MegaFlex participants only
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Health & Dependent Care Spending Accounts
  • Medical Coverage Protection (Long-Term Disability Health Insurance)
  • Short-Term Disability – for MegaFlex participants only
  • Long-Term Disability – for MegaFlex participants only

Part-time employees (except workers in student positions) who work an average of 30 hours or more per week during a period of three consecutive months may be eligible to enroll in a County medical plan.



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Paid Time Off

  • Holidays – An average of 11 paid holidays per year
  • Paid Vacation - for non-MegaFlex participants
  • Non-Elective and Elective Annual Leave Days - MegaFlex only
  • Sick Leave
  • Bereavement Leave

Additionally, some departments offer flexible work schedules and tuition reimbursement.

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Retirement Plans

Depending upon your employment status, the County provides the following retirement plans:

  • Defined Benefit Retirement Plans – (Pension) – County employees choose either a contributory or non-contributory retirement plan.  To learn more about these plans, call LACERA at (800) 786-6464 or visit http://www.lacera.com .

  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plans – The County also offers optional supplemental retirement plans for full-time permanent employees. 
    • Deferred Compensation & Thrift Plan (Horizons, 457 plan) for all full-time permanent employees which includes a County match of up to 4% of employee’s salary
    • Savings Plan (401k) for non-represented employees (MegaFlex and Flex participants only) which includes a County match of up to 4% of employee’s salary

To learn more about these plans, call Great West Life & Annuity at (800) 947-0845 or visit www.countyla.com.

  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan – the County offers one mandatory retirement plan for all temporary, part-time and seasonal employees.  To learn more about this plan, call (213) 738-2252.
    • Pension Savings Plan (457 plan) for temporary, seasonal employees.

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