Employment Benefits for the California Judicial Branch

Employees of the California judicial branch may select from a broad package of benefits that can be tailored to best meet individual needs.

Medical: The State of California offers its employees and their dependents a wide variety of health plans, including HMO’s and PPO’s. For most plans the state pays a majority of the plan premium.

Dental: The State offers its employees and their dependents a choice among several prepaid dental plans and an indemnity dental plan. The state pays all or a majority of the plan premium.

Vision Care: The State provides a fully paid vision care program through the Vision Service Plan.

Life Insurance: All employees receive a fully employer-paid $50,000 life insurance policy.

Leave: Employees may choose between two leave plans:

Vacation and sick leave

Full-time employees receive two weeks of vacation per year accrued at the rate of 7 hours per month. The rate increases after 3 years to 11 hours per month (3 weeks per year). Additional hours are accrued after 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service.

Sick leave is accrued at the rate of 1 day per month (8 hours) with no maximum accrual limit and may be applied toward service credit upon retirement.

Annual leave

In lieu of separate vacation and sick leave balances, employees may elect the annual leave plan. Under this plan, employees accrue 15 hours of leave per month to use toward any time off. Additional hours accrue after 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of service.

Holidays: Employees receive 14 paid holidays per year which includes one personal holiday.

Retirement Plan: Employees become members of the California Public Employees Retirement System under the contributory 2% at 60 formula. Optionally, employees may later elect the non-contributory 1 ¼% at 65 plan.

Additional Benefits:

  • Transit pass subsidy up to $120 per month
  • Deferred compensation plans (457 and/or 401K)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Optional long-term disability plan
  • Optional group legal services plan
  • Optional long term care program
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