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RUSA Employee Benefits

Roseburg Urban Sanitary Authority (RUSA) offers a generous benefits package to all regular full-time status employees working at least 35 hours per week.

Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance

RUSA is a member of CIS (a self-insured insurance program). Coverage for medical insurance is through Regence, vision coverage is thru VSP and dental insurance is thru Delta Dental.  RUSA covers employee and their dependents at no premium cost to the employee or dependents. 


RUSA participates in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS). Employees new to PERS will be eligible following approximately 6 months of continuous service. There are two types of contributions:

  • Member paid contributions of 6% of pre-tax salary.
  • Employer contributions made on behalf of the employee based on the PERS schedule.

Life Insurance/AD&D

RUSA pays for the employees’ basic life insurance in the amount of 1.5 times the employees’ annual salary up to a maximum of $75,000 and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) in the amount of 1.5 times the employees’ annual salary up to a maximum of $75,000.

Long Term Disability Insurance

RUSA provides the employee with a long-term disability (LTD) plan which provides up to 50% of the employees’ salary, up to a maximum benefit of $5,000 per month for qualifying disabilities following a 90-day waiting period.

Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA)

RUSA funds a Health Reimbursement Arrangement (HRA) for each employee. The HRA account is a tax-free retirement account that can be used to offset the employees’ medical expenses.  Each year RUSA funds the insurance deductible amount up to a maximum of $750 for the employee and family coverage. 

Paid Time Off

RUSA recognizes the value of rest and relaxation away from work for all its employees and offers the following paid time away from work:


Full-time employees accrue vacation at the rate shown below:

  • 1 year                          40 hours (one week)
  • 2 – 5 years                 80 hours (two weeks)
  • 6 – 10 years               120 hours (three weeks)
  • 11 – 15 years              160 hours (four weeks)
  • 16 or more years       200 hours (five weeks)

Vacation leave accrues monthly and may be taken as the leave accrues.   


RUSA recognizes the following 10 paid holidays during the calendar year:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • President’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veteran’s Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Sick Leave

Sick leave accrues at a rate of eight (8) hours per month for full time employees.  There is no limit on the hours that can be accumulated.

Bereavement Leave

Employees will be allowed time from their regularly scheduled work for the purpose of attending the funeral or assisting in funeral arrangements for an immediate family member. Up to three days off will be granted with pay. Vacation, sick, and or personal leave may be requested in addition to the three-day period of paid leave.

Military Leave

Employees who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, National Guard, or Reserves are granted a leave of absence for the period of their military service in accordance with applicable law. In addition, employees who have completed six continuous months of service with RUSA will be provided with a paid leave of absence for the number of days the employee would normally be scheduled to work for a maximum of 15 consecutive calendar days period, per year.

Jury Duty and Witness Leave

Employees required to be absent from work to serve on a jury or as a witness will be granted time off with pay to serve.

Incentive Bonuses

Longevity Pay

Employees are provided annual longevity pay based on years of service on their anniversary date in the amounts shown below:

5 – 9 years                               1.0% of the employee’s annual salary as an annual one-time bonus

10-14 years                             1.5% of the employee's annual salary as an annual one-time bonus

15-19 years                             2.0% of the employee's annual salary as an annual one-time bonus

20 or more years                   2.5% of the employee's annual salary as an annual one-time bonus

Extended Merit Pay

Employees that have reached the top step in their employment range with no opportunity to be promoted to a higher pay range will be eligible for extended merit pay.  Annually, upon receiving a positive performance evaluation and a recommendation from their supervisor, the employee will be granted extended merit pay in the amount of 3.0% of the employee’s annual salary as a one-time bonus.

Voluntary Employee Paid Benefits

Deferred Compensation Retirement Plan

In addition to the PERS Retirement plan, employees can contribute to a 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan. The 457(b) plan allows employees to contribute with their pre or after-tax dollars up to the annual federal limits. 

Short Term Disability Insurance

A short-term disability (STD) plan is available to employees at their cost which provides up to 60% of the employee’s salary up to a maximum benefit of $500 a week for up to a max of 11 weeks.

Flexible Spending Account (FSA)

Employees can participate in a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).  Employees can contribute pre-tax dollars to the FSA to pay for qualifying medical and/or child/elder care expenses.

Supplemental Employee/Spouse Life Insurance Plan

Voluntary life insurance coverage at pooled rates is available for employee and spouse at employees’ cost.

Voluntary Dependent Life

Voluntary $10,000 Dependent Life coverage is $2.66 per month and covers a spouse and/or dependent children under the age of 26. 

Other Voluntary Plans Available

Available plans currently offered at pooled rates to employees at employee cost is Identity Theft, Critical Illness coverage, Hospital Indemnity coverage, Accident coverage and Trauma Coverage.

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