Updates During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Fairfax County Government is open and the benefits team is available. To limit the spread of COVID-19, team members will rotate between being in the office and working remotely. The best way to reach out to one of us is via email or to call HR Central at (703) 324-3311.
Additionally, all Benefit Vendor Partner Help Desks will be closed for in-person consultations until further notice. Our representatives from Cigna, Standard and T. Rowe Price will continue to assist employees and retirees remotely. Currently the best way to contact one of our vendor partner representatives is via email.
- CIGNA - Keisha Lewis, Keisha.Lewis@cigna.com
- Standard - Lonna Owens, Lonna.Owens@standard.com
- T. Rowe Price - Marie Canterbury or Kelli Parris, Fairfax457@troweprice.com
Effective close of business on Friday, March 27th, our buildings are closed to the public. While we are here, we cannot accept walk-ins or appointments until further notice.
The Benefits Division will not waive deadlines as a result of work disruption and building closures
Newly Eligible Employees
New hires are required to enroll in benefits within 30 calendar days of their hire date using FOCUS Employee Self Service. If you are a newly hired employee and working from a remote location without access to FOCUS, employees can come to the Department of Human Resources in Suite 270 of the Government Center to use the available county computers located at HR Central.
Employees and retirees experiencing a qualifying event are required to contact the Benefits Division directly to make notification of their event within 30 calendar days. Failure to notify the Benefits Division within 30 calendar days of a qualifying event, or to provide appropriate and timely documentation of the event, will result in no change to current benefits.
Proof of Medicare
To continue medical coverage through Fairfax County Government, all Medicare eligible participants must enroll in, and maintain coverage under, both Medicare Part A and Part B, at their earliest eligibility. You may sign up for Medicare three months before the month you turn 65. To ensure that you are able to continue your medical coverage through Fairfax County, you must present your Medicare card, showing Part A and B coverage, to the Benefits Division. Proof of coverage can be provided by mail, fax, or email.
Fairfax County Government is committed to our merit employees and through LiveWell and the Benefits Division, we endeavor to cultivate a culture of well being that empowers, educates and engages employees and retirees to make life-long choices that promote a holistic approach to their physical, mental, emotional, social, spiritual and financial wellness. The following is a summary of the benefits available to eligible employees.
For additional details, view the current 2020 New Hire Benefit Guide, which shows current rates for all benefit programs, including health, dental, and life insurance. For a general overview of the county's benefits system please click here.
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Medical - Eligible employees can choose from four available plans, three through Cigna and a fourth with Kaiser Permanente. Plans are designed to offer comprehensive medical and prescription drug coverage. Zero cost preventive care, when preformed by an in-network physician, is offered on all plans. Rates are available for employees in positions that qualify.
Vision - Bundled with medical plan selection and provided by EyeMed, this plan covers eye exams, glasses or contacts annually.
Dental - This benefit is offered through Delta Dental of Virginia and provides access to national PPO and Premier Networks.
Life - FCG provides life insurance coverage equal to one times your base salary for eligible employees, and the options to elect additional coverage for you and your dependents.
Long Term Disability - Income insurance that provides 60% of your basic earnings after 60 days of incapacity.
Flexible Spending Accounts - These accounts allow you to set aside a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to pay for medical and dependent care expenses.
Retiree Benefits - Employees who qualify to retire from FCG are eligible to maintain their Health Benefits into retirement.
Defined Benefit (Pension) - The FCG Retirement System was established to help provide you with a continued financial benefit at retirement. Contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis and this program can provide you with a monthly payment. The ultimate benefit is based on your final average salary and your years of service with the County. There are three separate systems, one for Employees, Uniformed and Police Officers. Employees must have five years of service to be vested in this program. For additional information about the three retirement systems, please visit the Retirement Systems site.
Deferred Compensation (457 Plan) - This plan is designed to complement the Defined Benefit Plan and to help you plan for a financially secure retirement. The 457 Plan managed by T. Rowe Price offers the opportunity to save a portion of your wages on a pre or post tax (ROTH) basis. A wide-range of investment options are available, each with differing levels of risk and return. Plan design features include loan, financial planning services and self-directed brokerage arrangements.
Work hard. Play hard. Live well. Fairfax County’s award winning workforces wellness program, LiveWell, helps you and your family stay well during the work day, and beyond! Staying healthy doesn’t have to be boring. Small steps lead to big rewards.
- MotivateMe, Total Well-being Incentive Rewards
- Fairfax County RECreation Center discounts
- Workshops and webinars
- Weight Watchers discounts: online, on-site, and community meetings
- Annual biometric screenings and flu shots for employees
- Special events including Employee Field & Fitness Day, County Exec Trek and Work-Out of the Darkness
Annual Leave - Employees earn annual leave based on their years of service and scheduled hours. Incumbents with 80 scheduled work hours per pay period receives the following annual leave:
Leave Credits Per Pay Period
Annually (26 pay periods)
Less than 3 years
3 years but less than 15 years
15 years or greater
Part-time employees accrue annual leave on a pro-rated basis.
Sick Leave – Employees with 80 scheduled work hours per pay period earn 13 days of sick leave per year (4 per pay period). Part-time employees accrue sick leave on a pro-rated basis.
Holiday Leave - FCG observes 10 paid holidays per year. Holiday pay is available to part-time employees on a pro-rated basis. 2019 Fairfax County Observed Holidays list is located here (select County Holiday).
Additional Leave Options - Generous leave policy to assist employees in managing family, medical or personal situations requiring time away from work. These include:
- Extraordinary sick leave
- Parental leave
- Bereavement leave
- Military leave
- Volunteer activity leave
- Emergency administrative leave
- Civil leave
- Education leave
- Administrative leave
- Transferred leave
- Leave without pay
- Family & medical leave
- Injury leave
- Compensatory leave
Please see the following links for additional information about specific leave benefits:
Continuous Learning Opportunities - The County has several programs to develop and provide continuous educational opportunities. This includes onsite and online training, Tuition Assistance Program, Mentoring Program, Leadership Fairfax and Toastmasters.
Employee Commuter Benefit Program - This program encourages the use of transit and vanpools for travel to and from work. This benefit provides up to $120 per month per employee for transportation by bus, rail, or vanpool. By getting more people into fewer vehicles, transportation is improved for everyone.
Employee Child Care Center - Child care programs for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age who have one parent working a minimum of 20 hours per week with Fairfax County Government.
Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - A free and confidential service available to merit employees and members of their households. Services include short-term counseling and legal, financial and work-life referral services.