At Lewis County PUD, we believe part of having a rewarding workplace is to have a healthy work environment. You will find that we offer a full benefits package that fits all the needs of work/life balance.

The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time eligible employees. Actual benefits may vary by position type, check with Human Resources for specific benefit information.

Attracting and retaining employees is essential to all organizations. We strive to provide a competitive benefits package for current and future eligible employees. Benefits eligibility is dependent upon a variety of factors, including employee category. The Human Resources Department can identify the programs for which employees are eligible.

All provisions in this summary are subject to change.

Insurance Benefits


Lewis PUD offers medical and prescription coverage to eligible employees and their dependents. Employee’s coverage begins the first of the month after the month they are hired and pay a composite rate of 5% through payroll deduction monthly.

Dental and Vision

Dental and vision coverage is also afforded to eligible employees and their dependents. Employees coverage begins the first of the month after the month of hire and the District pays 100% for these benefits.

Retiree Coverage

We also offer retiree medical, dental and vision benefits for those eligible.

HRA VEBA (Voluntary Employee Benefit Association) Plan

HRA VEBA plan is a health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) which employees are enrolled into upon their hire date. Employees contribute, through payroll deduction, tax-free contributions based on specific groups as outlined below. The District matches 1% of bi-weekly gross pay.

  • Union Groups:
    • Age 35 years & Under : $40 per pay period
    • Age 36 years thru 49 years: $60 per pay period
    • Age 50 years & Older: $100 per pay period
  • Non-union Group:
    • 2% of bi-weekly gross pay

Life Insurance and Accidental Dismemberment (AD&D) Benefits

  • Group Coverage – District Paid
    • $40,000 life and AD&D for eligible employees
    • $1,000 life for eligible dependents
  • Supplemental Life and AD&D is available for individual purchase.

Short-term Disability Benefit

Lewis County PUD provides short-term disability coverage to replace a portion of income while on an approved, non-work-related illness or injury. This benefit pays 70% of the employee’s regular wages while on approved leave.

Long-term Disability Benefits

  • Base Coverage – District Paid
    • 40% of regular earnings.
  • Additional coverage of 26% (totaling 66%) of regular earnings available for individual purchase.

Retirement Benefits

Washington State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)

The District is a member of PERS and participation is mandatory for employees in eligible positions. Both the employee and the employer make contributions to the PERS system. Employee contributions are made on a tax-deferred basis.

Deferred Compensation Program (DCP)

This is a supplemental retirement savings program that allows control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.

Other Benefits

Personal Leave (PL)

The District affords eligible employee’s personal leave. The leave can be used for vacation, illness, or any other absence needed from work, as requested. PL is accrued bi-weekly as outlined below:

Anniversary YearBi-weekly Personal Leave AccrualAnnual Personal Leave Accrual
1-46.15 hours160 hours (20 days)
5-97.69 hours200 hours (25 days)
10-149.23 hours240 hours (30 days)
15-169.54 hours248 hours (31 days)
179.85 hours256 hours (32 days)
1810.15 hours264 hours (33 days)
1910.46 hours272 hours (34 days)
20-2510.77 hours280 hours (35 days)
26+11.08 hours288 hours (36 days)


Eligible employees are entitled to eleven paid holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans’ Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day
  • 2 Floating Holidays (one paid, one unpaid)

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