Benefits

Cash Value of Benefits:
Learn about the cash value of our benefits by reviewing a fringe benefits calculations work sheet.
Vacation:
Generous paid vacation starting at 15 days a year.
Sick Leave:
15 days of paid sick leave a year.
Holidays:
12 paid holidays per year.
Life Insurance:
Free basic term life insurance in the amount of your annual salary or $15,000 minimally. You may purchase additional life insurance for yourself and your family members. For more information visit  https://www.mosers.org/ or www.mhgmovlic.org/.
Medical Insurance:
Subsidized medical plans are available covering you, your spouse and your children the first of the month after employment.   For more information, visit https://www.mchcp.org/.
Dental Plans:
Delta Dental of Missouri offers a nationwide network of participating providers. Coverage includes two free exams and cleanings each year.  For more information, visit https://www.mchcp.org/.
Vision Plan:
You may enroll in the Vision Service Plan offered statewide which includes vision exams and provides eyeglasses and contact lenses at discounted rates through network providers. For more information, visit https://www.mchcp.org/.
Retirement:
Under the Missouri State Employees’ Retirement System (MOSERS), the date on which you were first hired in a MOSERS benefit eligible position will determine your membership in the retirement plans—MSEP, MSEP 2000 or MSEP 2011. If you are employed with the state in a benefit eligible position for the first time on or after January 1, 2011, you are required to contribute 4% of your pay to the retirement system. If you worked in a benefit eligible position prior to January 1, 2011, there is no cost to you. For more information, visit https://www.mosers.org/.
Deferred Compensation:
The State Deferred Compensation Plan provides you with a method to conveniently save money for retirement through payroll deduction on a pre-tax basis. The amounts deferred are before tax dollars and could ultimately reduce income taxes. No federal or state income tax is paid on the deferred monies until they are returned to you as benefit payments. Employees (excluding temporary staff) hired for the first time by the State on or after July 1, 2012 will be automatically enrolled to contribute 1% of their pay each pay period. You can adjust your contribution at any time. Employees may opt-out of this automatic enrollment by logging into Account Access (through modefferedcomp.org, SEBES, or the ESS) or by calling the Plan Information Line at 1-800-392-0925. Further details can be obtained by calling (800) 392-0925 or online, http://www.modeferredcomp.org/.
Cafeteria Plan:
Allows you to pay less in taxes for qualifying expenses such as state-sponsored health, medical benefits, and dependent care assistance.  For more information, visit www.mocafe.com.
Workers Compensation Insurance:
Coverage is provided for personal injuries and illnesses arising out of and in the course of your employment.
Employee Assistance Program:
Provides up to six confidential counseling sessions per episode per year for you and for each member of your household, free of charge. For more information, visit https://www.guidanceresources.com/groWeb/login/login.xhtml.
Shareleave:
If you, your spouse or child suffer a catastrophic injury or illness and have exhausted your accrued leave, you may receive paid leave through our shareleave program. Shareleave is a pool of vacation and comp time voluntarily donated by DSS employees.
Long-Term Disability:
Coverage at no cost that provides partial income replacement in the event you become disabled. For more information, visit https://www.mosers.org/.
Family and Medical Leave (FMLA):
Provides job-protected leave without a loss of the employer paid portion of your benefits.  Leave for up to 12 workweeks in a 12-month period is provided for your own qualifying medical reasons; the birth, adoption or foster care placement of a child; to care for a child, spouse or parent with a serious health condition; and when a qualified family member is called up to or is on active military service. Leave for up to 26 workweeks is provided to care for a covered servicemember with a serious illness or injury.
Employee Wellness Program:
To promote awareness of physical and mental health for our employees, you are provided paid time off to participate in wellness activities held during work hours.
Educational Leave:
Graduate and undergraduate courses that are either job related or part of a degree program consistent with DSS' mission may be eligible for Educational Leave.
Professional Development:
Opportunities for continued professional development are provided and encouraged.
Other Paid Leave:
You will receive paid leave for situations including jury duty, voting, bereavement, military duty, blood donation, bone marrow donation, human organ donation, court appearances, Red Cross disaster service, training and conferences, and promotional examinations and interviews.
Social Security:
Social Security provides you with income at retirement or survivor income for your family in the event of your death. Each month you pay a percentage of your earnings to social security. The state matches your contribution to the federal program that provides retirement, disability, and death benefits to you and/or your dependents.
Travel Assistance
This helps you cope with emergencies when you travel more than 100 miles from home or internationally for trips of up to 180 days. It can also help you with non-emergencies, such as planning your trip.
Unemployment Insurance:
You are covered by unemployment insurance, paid entirely by the State. Unemployment compensation coverage provides you with partial compensation in the event you are laid off from work for reasons other than misconduct. For more information, contact the Division of Employment Security at 573-751-3643 or visit http://labor.mo.gov/DES.
Missouri Saving for Tuition (MOST)
: The MOST program is a way to save for higher education costs and is available through payroll deduction. MOST offers the following advantages: Missouri state tax deduction of up to $8,000 in annual contributions; earnings are federal tax deferred and exempt from Missouri state taxes if used for qualified higher education expenses; the money saved can be used at any qualified institution of higher education in the country; there are no annual fees required to participate; and an account may be opened with as little as $25. For more information, call 1-888-414-6678 (MOST) or visit https://www.missourimost.com/content/home.html.
WeSave:
You may enroll in this free program that provides opportunities to save money on goods and services purchased from participating merchants. WeSave members are entitled to exclusive savings at local, national, and online merchants and can earn cash back on purchases made through WeSave’s Online Shopping Mall. For enrollment instructions, visit http://content.oa.mo.gov/personnel/state-employees/wesave-missouri.