Benefits

Queen Anne’s County is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefits package to employees. Full-time employees are eligible all County benefits and part-time employees are eligible for certain benefits, usually on a prorated basis. Our benefits package includes:
Health Insurance
Effective on the first of the month following employment, full-time and part-time employees may enroll in the Blue Choice Advantage plan offered by CareFirst which includes prescription, dental and vision benefits. Queen Anne’s County is pleased to pay for 85% of the health insurance premium for full-time employees selecting individual, parent/child, self/spouse or family coverage. Premiums for part-time employees are prorated based on hours worked.

This plan provides an in-network benefit which minimizes your out-of-pocket expenses by offering many services with reasonably priced deductibles, co-payments and co-insurances, and freedom to visit in-network providers without referrals. This plan provides additional comfort with out-of-network benefits should this become necessary.

Vacation Leave
Full-time employees earn vacation time based on as outlined below. Vacation leave is prorated for part-time employees.
Years of Service
Hours of Vacation a Year
0 - 4 96*
5 - 9 120
10 - 19 160
20 or more 200

* Employees accrue vacation time in accordance with this schedule from date of hire and may begin using this time following 6 months of employment.

Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn 10 hours of sick leave for each full calendar month of employment. Sick leave is prorated for part-time employees. Sick leave can be accumulated toward the employee’s retirement in that every 22 days of sick leave is counted as 1 month of service toward retirement.

Personal Leave
Annually in January full-time employees receive 5 personal leave days (40 hours) to use during the calendar year. For employees hired mid-year, the personal days are prorated. Personal leave is prorated for part-time employees.
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Holidays
Full-time employees receive 12 paid holidays annually plus an additional holiday in an election year. Holidays are prorated for part-time employees. The recognized holidays are:
  • New Year's Day
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Columbus Day
  • Election Day (when applicable)
  • Veteran's Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day 
Pension Plan
Queen Anne’s County is a proud member of the Maryland State Employees’ Retirement System. Employees working at least 500 hours per year are enrolled in the plan and contribute 7% of base salary on a pre-tax basis. Likewise, the County makes a mandatory contribution. Employees are vested after 10 with a combination of service and age totaling 90.

The Law Enforcement Officers Pension System (LEOPS) is offered to sworn personnel working for the Queen Anne’s County Office of the Sheriff.

Deferred Compensation
To enhance retirement savings, employees have the option of participating in a deferred compensation program, also called a 457 plan. A 457 plan allows employees to set aside funds on a pre-tax basis for retirement. We are happy to offer 3 organizations from which employees can select to invest; VALIC, ICMA and Nationwide Retirement Solutions.

Flexible Spending Accounts
The County offers both healthcare spending accounts and dependent spending accounts. The healthcare spending account allows you to pay for healthcare expenses not covered by your health insurance (regardless of whether or not you have the County’s health insurance) on a pre-tax basis by reducing your earnings via payroll deduction. This provides federal, state and social security tax savings to you and your family. Examples of eligible expenses include:
  • Contact lenses
  • Deductibles / co-payments
  • Dental services
  • Eye glasses
  • Qualified over-the-counter medications 
The dependent care spending account allows you to pay for dependent care expenses from licensed providers on a pre-tax basis by reducing your earnings via payroll deduction. This provides federal, state and social security tax savings to you and your family.
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Life Insurance
Full-time employees are provided free term life insurance coverage by the County. The coverage level is equal to one-times the employee’s annual salary and increases using the following scale based on up to a maximum of $150,000:
Years of Service
Insurance Coverage
0 - 4
1 x annual salary
5 - 9
1.25 x annual salary
10 - 19
1.50 x annual salary
20 or more
1.75 x annual salary

In addition, employees have the option of purchasing extra life insurance for themselves and their dependents.

Long-Term Disability
Employees may elect to participate in our voluntary long-term disability plan which pays for income replacement for up to 2 years, should you become disabled and be unable to work for over 90 days. You can choose a weekly benefit amount from $100 to $1,150 in $50 increments (not to exceed 60% of weekly earnings).

Voluntary Benefits
Employees may participate in several AFLAC products to include short-term disability, cancer protection, and intensive care policies.

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Blood Bank
Employees may participate in the group Blood Bank plan offered through the Blood Bank of Delmarva.

Tuition Reimbursement
Full-time employees have the option of attending college to further their education. The County supports education by providing reimbursement for courses related to the employee’s position up to $2,400 annually for undergraduate courses and up to $3,500 annually for graduate courses for employees who successful complete the probationary period.

Employee Assistance Program
Full-time employees and their immediate family members have access to an employee assistance program called Business Health Services. This is a free, confidential service which offers assistance regarding:
  • Alcohol or drug abuse questions or problems
  • Emotional or stress related issues
  • Family and dependent care needs
  • Family or job concerns
  • Legal and financial worries
  • Smoking cessation assistance
State Employee’s Credit Union
The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) offers checking and savings accounts, share drafts, new and used car loans, home mortgage loans and many other services.

Christmas Club
Employees have the option of participating in a Christmas Club program through Queenstown Bank. Payroll deduction begins in October each year and funds are dispersed the following October.

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