Prospective Employees


What Can the State of Rhode Island Offer?

From diverse, voluntary benefit programs to paid time off, the State of Rhode Island offers a competitive benefits package to employees. Explore the benefits below:

› Rhode Island State Employee Health Plan

Note: You may enroll yourself as well as any spouse, domestic partner, or dependents in State health coverage.

Medical
The State’s medical plan is administered by UnitedHealthcare (UHC). State employees can choose between the Choice Plus Plan with HSA, a lower premium, higher deductible/out-of-pocket maximum (OOPM) plan that is combined with a tax-advantaged health savings account (HSA), and the 2014 Plan, a traditional plan with a higher premium and lower deductible/OOPM.
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Prescription
The State's prescription plan is administered by CVS Caremark. Prescriptions can be filled at any of the 68,000+ in-network pharmacies nationwide, and medication can be delivered to your home, office, pharmacy or a location of your choice via the CVS Caremark Mail Service Pharmacy.
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Dental
The State’s dental plan is administered by Delta Dental of Rhode Island. The annual maximum is $1,200. Dependents are covered up until the end of the year that they turn age 19; dependents over age 19 are covered up until the end of the year in which they turn age 25 as long as they remain full-time students.
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Vision
The State of Rhode Island’s vision plan is administered by VSP. Annual vision exam is fully covered, and discounts are available on a wide range of lenses and frames. Dependents are covered up until the end of the year that they turn age 19; dependents over age 19 are covered up until the end of the year in which they turn age 25 as long as they remain full-time students.
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› Rhode Island State Employee Supplemental Benefits

Flexible Spending Accounts
The state offers health care and dependent day care flexible spending account ("FSA") options to employees as a way to decrease out of pocket payments for these expenses. Under a provision of the Internal Revenue Code, employees are allowed to payroll deduct a portion of their gross income on a pre-tax basis for the payment of their health care and day care expenses. Using pre-tax dollars to pay for out of pocket health care and day care expenses can reduce your costs by 30% or more depending on your tax bracket.
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Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)
A 457 plan—one component of the broader retirement saving plans offered by the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island—allows employees to accumulate tax-deferred savings for retirement. Employees can elect automatic payroll deductions, subject to the annual maximum contribution. Employees may enroll in a 457 Plan through any of the three providers: Fidelity, TIAA, and VOYA.
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Life Insurance
Eligible State of Rhode Island employees may purchase basic and supplemental life insurance from Aetna Life Insurance through payroll deduction. Employees are automatically enrolled in basic life coverage unless they choose to waive their coverage.
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Legal Services
State of Rhode Island employees may purchase pre-paid legal services via nominal payroll deductions. By enrolling in legal coverage, employees will have access to telephone and office consultations with an attorney of their choice for an unlimited number of personal legal matters such as estate planning, family law, and elder law.
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Short-Term Disability Insurance
State of Rhode Island employees may elect to purchase short term disability insurance and/or cancer insurance from AFLAC (as well as Colonial Life if they are unionized State employees) through payroll deductions.
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CollegeBound Saver
State of Rhode Island employees have access to the CollegeBound Saver program, which gives families a simple way to save for rising college and vocational school costs with special features including tax advantages and flexible investment choices.
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RIPTA Transit Passes
State of Rhode Island employees may purchase 10-Ride or Monthly RIPTA passes on a pre-tax basis via payroll deductions.
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› Employee Wellness

As part of its dedication to total employee wellness, the State offers a variety of programs and resources such as Rewards for Wellness, Diabetes Prevention Program, and NurseLine to help employees lead a healthy and full life.
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› Paid Time Off

Vacation time

35 hour work week
Years of Service Accrual Rate Accrual Per Pay Period Rounding Adjustment Upfront Hours Total Hours Per Year
0 - <5 0.0308 2.2 -1.2 14 70
5 - <10 0.0500 3.5 0.0 14 105
10 - <15 0.0538 3.8 -0.8 28 126
15 - <20 0.0615 4.3 0.2 28 140
20 - <25 0.0654 4.6 -0.6 63 182
25+ 0.0731 5.1 0.4 63 196
40 hour work week
Years of Service Accrual Rate Accrual Per Pay Period Rounding Adjustment Upfront Hours Total Hours Per Year
0 - <5 0.0308 2.5 N/A 16 80
5 - <10 0.0500 4.0 N/A 16 120
10 - <15 0.0538 4.3 N/A 32 144
15 - <20 0.0615 4.9 N/A 32 160
20 - <25 0.0654 5.2 N/A 72 208
25+ 0.0731 5.8 N/A 72 224

Sick leave

  • Employees whose work week is 35 hours, non-standard or non-standard/non-exempt shall accrue 4 hours for each bi-weekly period of service to a maximum balance of 875 hours
  • Employees whose work week is 40 hours shall accrue 5 hours for each bi-weekly period of service to a maximum balance of 1,000 hours

Personal leave
On January 1st of each year, the State shall credit each employee hours equivalent to 4 working days leave with pay per calendar year, to be used for personal business and/or religious observance. Request for the discharge of personal leave must be approved in advance in accordance with office policy.

For the first calendar year of employment, employees hired between the dates shown below shall receive hours equivalent to:

  • January 1–March 31: 4 days
  • April 1–June 30: 3 days
  • July 1–September 30: 2 days
  • October 1–December 31: 1 day

Holidays
Please see the State calendars below:

› Retiree Benefits
Health Benefits

The State offers health benefits to qualifying State retirees and their dependents. Premium subsidies are available based on age and years of State service.
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Pension Benefits

The State offers a hybrid retirement plan comprised of a defined benefit plan and a defined contribution plan:

Defined benefit plan
The State's defined benefit plan is a mandatory pension plan administered by ERSRI. Key features of this plan include*:

  • Contribution rate (percent of salary): 3.75% from employee; employer contribution rate varies based on the plan's actuarial valuation.
  • Fully vested after 5 years of State employment (i.e., employees will be entitled to a future pension benefit upon reaching retirement eligibility even if they leave State service prior to retirement).
  • Pension benefits for employees are calculated based on the years of service worked and their highest average 5 years of salary.

* Applicable to most State employees hired on or after 7/1/2012.

Defined contribution plan (401(a) Plan)
The State's 401(a) Plan is a mandatory retirement plan administered by TIAA. Key features of this plan include*:

  • Contribution rate (percent of salary): 5% from employee, 1% from employer.
  • Vesting: Employee contributions are immediately vested; employer contributions vest after 3 years of State employment.
  • Ability to log in to TIAA immediately following the first paycheck to select investment options and update beneficiary information.
  • Complimentary appointments with a financial advisor to discuss retirement goals and other financial planning needs.

Please visit ERSRI for full information regarding pension benefits


Deferred Compensation (457 Plan)
A 457 plan—one component of the broader retirement saving plans offered by the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island—allows employees to accumulate tax-deferred savings for retirement. Employees can elect automatic payroll deductions, subject to the annual maximum contribution. Employees may enroll in a 457 Plan through any of the three providers: Fidelity, TIAA, and VOYA.
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How Do I Apply for a State Job?

  • Visit ApplyRI to search for the latest job openings and apply.
  • For additional job seeker information and resources, please visit the State's HR website.