TWDB Employee Benefits

There are many benefits to working for the State of Texas and with the Texas Water Development Board. The State of Texas offers employees competitive salaries, career advancement, health and dental insurance, and paid vacation and sick leave. Click on the links below to learn more about these benefits.

ERS BENEFITS:

Health Insurance:

The state pays 100% for a full time employee's health coverage and one half the premiums for part-time employees. Dependent coverage is also available and the state pays part of the premium. Full-time employees are automatically enrolled in health coverage which starts on the first day of the month after your 60th day of employment. If you are a direct transfer from another state of Texas agency (without a break in service) you will have no waiting period for health coverage.

  • HealthSelect - the self-funded insurance plan, available to employees, retirees and their dependents that are eligible to participate in the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) health plan.
  • HealthSelect/OptumRx - Prescription Drug Program
  • Scott and White Health - high quality health care to those eligible under the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP).
  • Consumer Directed HealthSelect - is a high-deductible health plan with higher out-of-pocket costs for health services and prescriptions.

Dental Insurance:

There is no waiting period to enroll in this coverage.

  • Humana Dental Choice - Receive dental services with dental providers in your area that are in-or-out of the Humana Dental PPO/Traditional Preferred Network. With this plan your routine preventive care is covered at 100% when you see an in-network dentist.
  • Humana Dental DHMO - Receive dental services with a general practice primary care dentist (PCD) who participates in the Humana Dental DHMO Network. With this plan you pay only for co-pays for covered services or treatments.
  • Dental Discount Plan - Save 20% to 60% on most dental procedures including routine oral exams, unlimited cleanings and major work such as dentures, root canals and crowns at participating dentists.

Vision Insurance:

  • State of Texas Vision - There is no waiting period to enroll in this coverage. Save money on eye exams and eyewear for you and your family with a small monthly premium and low co-pays.

Life Insurance:

  • Minnesota Life - There is no waiting period to enroll in this coverage. You can participate in both Term Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance for yourself and your dependents.

TexFlex:

Short Term/Long Term Disability:

  • Texas Income Protection Plan - offers short-term and long-term disability coverage that protects your income by paying a percentage of your paycheck if you become disabled and can’t work because you are ill, injured, or pregnant.

Voluntary Accidental Death and Dismemberment:

  • Voluntary AD&D - This benefit provides additional protection for you and your family in the event of accidental death or certain accidental injuries.

Retirement Program:

  • Retirement Program - State employees are required to participate in the retirement program. The employee contributes 9.5% of their gross salary to the retirement program, and the state contributes an equal amount. The contributions are combined when the employee retires.
  • Texa$aver - Supplemental retirement plans are also available through a Deferred Compensation Plan (457) and Texa$aver (401K) as well as a Roth option for both plans.

Leave Benefits:

  • Sick Leave - Full time employees earn 8 hours a month (96 hours each year) of sick leave. Available sick leave will not expire. Eligible employees can also apply for extended sick leave and leave from the Sick Leave Pool for long-term illness or injury.
  • Vacation Leave - TWDB employees accrue annual (or vacation) leave each month based on state tenure. Full time employees earn a minimum of 96 hours a year of annual leave.
  • Flexible Work Hours/ Compressed Work Weeks - With supervisory approval you have the option of working a schedule that best fits your lifestyle.
  • State Holidays - Employees are entitled to a paid day off from work on a national, state, and skeleton crew holiday that the State observes.
  • Compensatory Time – Employees who work more than their scheduled hours in a work week can earn compensatory time off to use later.

Other Benefits:

  • Wellness Initiatives/Leave - The Texas Water Development Board's Wellness Program is a voluntary program that offers various wellness related activities to employees. The program focuses on providing resources for stress management, physical fitness, weight loss, nutritious eating, preventive screenings, tobacco cessation and general healthy living.

    In addition, employees can:
    • earn 8 hours of Wellness Leave for getting a physical exam once a year; and
    • take up to 30 minutes a day, three times a week with supervisory approval for pre-scheduled exercise activities during normal working hours without the requirement of making up that time.
  • Longevity Pay - As employment service continues, an employee's annual leave accrual increases and the employee may also be eligible for longevity pay. Longevity pay increases every 2 years.
  • Texas Legal - An employee-paid legal insurance program that protects you from outrageous legal costs and saves you money.
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - Confidential service to deal with life stresses at no cost to employees and their families.
  • Commuter Spending - Lets you set aside pre-tax money from your paycheck to use for eligible parking and transit expenses.
  • UT Capitol Complex Child Development Center – The Child Development Center provides care for your children to help you balance work, school, and family needs.
  • Public Student Loan Forgiveness Program

For more information, contact the Texas Water Development Board, Human Resources office by calling (512) 475-2142 or emailing hr@twdb.texas.gov.

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