To achieve budget savings and meet the budget reduction target, the County Board of Commissioners and County Administration strongly encourage all employees to use the Special Leave without Pay Program (SLWOP) with a goal of using 20 hours on average for every employee.
Eligible employees may be able to take up to a maximum of 160 hours per payroll year.
SWLOP runs concurrent with all other applicable types of leave including, but not limited to, FMLA, Hennepin County Leave for Childbirth or Adoption and Minnesota Parental Leave Act.
NOTE: PERA has a program to accept one-time post tax payment via payroll deduction to accommodate employees who wish to make up PERA contributions at year end.
If you use SLWOP, ask yourself :
PERA established a new policy for repayment of missed contributions for time taken as SLWOP. Under the revised process, you do not need to complete a form to receive an invoice. PERA will use data provided by Hennepin County to generate a personalized invoice based on your utilization of SLWOP. You will receive this invoice prior to the end of January. Repayment of missed contributions is optional; you are not obligated to pay this invoice.
If you decide to repay your missed PERA contributions, PERA’s repayment invoice will give you instructions on how to proceed. The repayment invoice will include interest so the sooner you submit your repayment amount the less interest you will pay. PERA will contact the County once you've submitted your repayment amount and the County will submit its employer contributions.
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