New Employees

Welcome to Pierce County and congratulations on your new position! Eligible employees receive a comprehensive benefits package that takes good care of you and promotes your continued health, financial security, and peace of mind.

Family benefit changes

You will learn more about your benefit options when you attend New Employee Orientation. At orientation, you’ll have an opportunity to ask questions and learn how to enroll in health insurance and retirement benefits. 

Don't wait! You have important benefit decisions to make. Get a head start by exploring the Benefits website before you attend your New Hire Orientation.

Waiting Periods

Eligibility requirements and benefit coverage effective dates are defined by each employee's benefit group:  

Non-represented
Represented: 120J, 120W, 612S, U612

Medical, vision, dental, life and disability coverage beginning the 1st day of the month following 30 days of employment. When the first day of employment is the first working day of the month, employees are eligible for coverage beginning the 1st day of following month.

Represented employees

Most employees covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement are eligible for medical benefits in accordance with the WA Teamsters Trust "lag month" system. To become eligible for WA Teamsters Welfare Trust medical coverage, you must first be an active employee for a minimum of 80 hours in one month. The following month (or "lag month"), the County and the employee will make their share of the premium payment, for coverage effective the 1st day of the following month.

Employees are eligible for dental, life and disability coverage beginning the 1st day of the month following 30 days of employment. When the first day of employment is the first working day of the month, employees are eligible for coverage beginning the 1st day of following month.      

Dependent Eligibility

Employees may enroll eligible family members on their benefit coverage upon hire, within 30 days of a "qualifying life event," or during the County's annual Open Enrollment period. Employees are required to provide documentation supporting dependent eligibility upon enrollment.  

Family members who are eligible for County benefits include:

  • The employee's legal spouse or domestic partner.
  • The employee's child(ren), up to age 26, regardless of marital status or dependent status. "Child" includes the employee's child, the employee's spouse or domestic partner's child, and a child legally placed in your home (e.g. adopted designated wards, foster child, a child placed with you as their legal guardian).

Contact

Email: pcbenefits@piercecountywa.gov 

Phone: (253) 798-7479
Phone: (253) 798-6285

Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

Mailing Address:
955 Tacoma Ave S # 303, Tacoma, WA 98402