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Medical Benefits Renewal Discussion – July 31, 2019

Click here to view the PowerPoint Presentation on the Medical Benefits Renewal Discussion.

 
Marin County Employee Rental Assistance Survey
 
You may have recently seen a survey from the County regarding a pilot rental assistance program. Last year, during contract negotiations, Marin County and the unions who represent Marin County employees (including Teamsters 856 and MCMEA) agreed that the County would set aside $250,000 for a one-time pilot rental assistance program.
 
We are working with the County to jointly develop program parameters and to gather insight should the pilot program be expanded. We want to hear from employees on how you believe the pilot program should be designed and on housing concerns should the program be expanded in the future. 
 
Please click here and take a few minutes to provide your opinions in an anonymous survey. The survey results will be reviewed jointly by the unions and the County.
 
Survey responses are due by Friday, March 1, 2019.
 

Double Supplemental Life Insurance Premium

Important Deadline to use the Double Supplemental Life Insurance Premium:
 
If you wish to use the Double Supplemental Life Insurance benefit, please email one of the HR Benefit Representatives listed below, no later than Friday, November 30, 2018. 
 
HR Benefit Reps - 
Freeman Suen - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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Suzanne Griffiths - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
The MCMEA Board has confirmed with Human Resources that members may now elect to have Double-Supplemental Life Insurance come out of the employee’s unused fringe:
  • Effective 1/1/19 all Double Supplemental Life elections for MCMEA will be pre-tax;
  • To the extent an employee has unused Fringe, those amounts will be eligible for use towards the premium;
  • To the extent an employee is receiving Paid Unused Fringe, that amount may be impacted by the additional use of Fringe towards premiums;
  • To the extent an employee is receiving Hold Harmless, that amount may be impacted by the additional use of Fringe towards premiums;
  • Fringe is used first. Hold harmless will be reduced if all fringe has been used.
  • All employees in MCMEA that elect Double Supplemental Life will be incurring Imputed Income for the total life insurance benefit over $50,000 (includes Basic Life)
  • Any claim processed will be subject to taxation when paid to the beneficiary since the premiums are paid on a pre-tax basis.
This has been confirmed by Scott Hadley, Employee Benefits Supervisor. If you have questions, please contact your HR payroll tech in Human Resources. 


Attention MCMEA members:

Our County’s healthcare consultant, Segal, negotiated an 8.2% rate decrease for the County’s VSP renewal beginning with the 2019 plan year (and a 4-year rate guarantee). VSP has included some out-of-network benefit enhancements in its plans for 2019, and as a participating employer, the County of Marin will enjoy these enhancements with no impact on the renewal rates or guarantee. Starting with the 2019 plan year, County employees who use an out-of-network provider for vision services will enjoy increased reimbursement levels for the specific services described below:

Benefit

2018

2019

Out-of-network reimbursement for exams

$45

$50

Out-of-network reimbursement for single vision lenses

$45

$50

Out-of-network reimbursement for bifocal lenses

$65

$75

Out-of-network reimbursement for trifocal lenses

$85

$100

Out-of-network reimbursement frames

$47

$70

 


Negotiations Updates

July 2, 2018
June 29, 2018
June 22, 2018
April 3, 2018
March 15, 2018
February 27, 2018


Negotiations Survey

Our contract with Marin County ends in June, which means we will begin negotiations for a new contract in the coming weeks. As affiliates of Teamsters 856, we will have the assistance of professional negotiators and attorneys throughout the bargaining process. To determine our bargaining priorities, it is important that we receive input from all MCMEA members.

Please take a moment to complete our survey.


Marin County Employee Wildfire Relief Fund

October 16, 2017 – The recent wildfires in nearby counties have been devastating to so many, including some of our own Marin County employees. So far, we know at least six Marin County employees who have lost their homes. The Marin County Employee Wildfire Relief Fund has been created with the Marin County Federal Credit Union with full support from the Department of Finance, and they are working through YouCaring.com as a collection mechanism for credit card donations. Click here to donate online.

The credit union can accept checks delivered by hand to its office at 30 N. San Pedro Road, #115, in San Rafael, written to Marin County Employee Wildfire Relief Fund. 

Checks may be mailed to:
Marin County Federal Credit Union
Marin County Employee Wildfire Relief Fund
PO Box 4218
San Rafael, CA 94913

Please note donations are not tax deductible. Thank you.

Health Benefits Labor Discussion Part 2 – August 4, 2017

Health Benefits Labor Discussion Part 1 – July 20, 2017

Diversity Hiring Toolkit for Managers and Supervisors

Hearing On Working Conditions for Employees at Marin General Hospital on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. at the Terra Linda Recreation Center. Please click here for more details.

California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog: Writings Concerning Public Business Are Public Records – Even If They Are Sent, Received, Or Stored On An Employee’s Personal Email, Phone, Or Computer – March 2, 2017

PEPRA Case Overview from MCMEA's Attorney Gregg Adam – Update as of January 19, 2017

The Labor Beat Blog: Petition for Review Now Fully Briefed Before the California Supreme Court in MAPE v. MCERA – October 26, 2016

Sacramento Bee: California court opens door to changing public employee pensions – August 22, 2016

Marin Independent Journal: Court rejects Marin unions’ challenge to ‘pension spiking’ reforms – August 18, 2016