Benefits and Wellness

Multnomah County provides a comprehensive benefits program to employees. Family members, including qualified domestic partners and their children, are eligible under most Multnomah County benefits programs. An overview of our benefits programs is provided below; however, benefits vary depending on bargaining unit affiliation and employment status.

NOTE: This is a general description of the benefits offered through employment with Multnomah County, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy. In the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, rules, collective bargaining agreements or official plan documents will prevail.

Health Care Plans

Medical/vision plan options and dental plan options are offered to employees. Coverage is included for the employee and immediate family, i.e. spouse or domestic partner and eligible dependent children. The County pays a portion of the cost of health care premiums, with employees sharing in the cost for most coverages. Eligibility begins on the first of the month on or following employment – if enrollment forms are submitted in a timely manner. There is also an Opt Out option, which provides payment to employees who have group coverage under another health plan and decline medical coverage through Multnomah County.

Paid Leave (Vacation, Holidays, Sick Time, Bereavement Leave)

New employees typically receive ten to fifteen vacation days a year in represented positions. This amount increases substantially with length of service with the County, and differs among bargaining units. In addition to paid vacation time, employees receive:

  • Twelve to thirteen paid holidays each year.
  • Twelve days of sick leave per year (for full-time employees) with no maximum accrual. 
  • Three days of fully paid bereavement leave. This may be extended up to six days if substantial travel is involved.
  • Your Department HR Team can answer questions about vacation, holiday, and sick leave accruals. For more information about FMLA/OFLA and paid state leave programs, please visit our Leaves of Absence page.

Flexible Work Schedules

Depending on assignment, Multnomah County offers a variety of flexible work schedules to meet employee needs.

Life Insurance

The County provides Basic Life Insurance at no cost to employees under a term life insurance policy. Employees may purchase Supplemental Life Insurance for themselves and eligible dependents, including domestic partners.

Disability Programs

Flexible Spending Accounts

Employees may elect to participate in the Dependent Care Assistance Plan (DCAP), Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan (MERP), or the Parking or Transit Transportation Assistance Plans (TRP). Employee contributions are made with pre-tax payroll deductions.

Other Benefits