Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

All regular (non-temporary, non-seasonal) employees of the City of Idaho Falls and their immediate family members have access to the Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The City has partnered with McLaughlin Young Employee Services, an independent provider of EAP services. The EAP offers help for personal and/or professional concerns by providing free, confidential, short-term counseling and personal consultation. The EAP has a network of local counselors; they can help employees improve or resolve personal difficulties whether big or small, personal or work related.

To seek assistance through the EAP, employees and supervisors may call 800-633-3353. Counselors are available 24 hours a day over the phone and local appointments may be an option both during daytime and evening hours. Additional resources are also available at the McLaughlin Young Employee Services web page. Employees do need username and password information to log into the secured EAP web page, (contact Human Resources for password information).

Retirement Benefits

PERSI Base Plan

As a public employer in the State of Idaho, all employees eligible for retirement benefits are enrolled in the Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI). To be eligible for PERSI benefits, employees must work normally 20 hours or more per week for a minimum of five consecutive months, (or eight consecutive months if employment is dependent on weather and growing seasons). Further information on the PERSI Base Plan is available at the PERSI website.

PERSI Choice Plan - 401(k)

All PERSI members are eligible to supplement their Base Plan by contributing pre-tax dollars to their PERSI Choice Account, a 401 (k) plan. Eligible employees may enroll in the PERSI Choice Plan at any time by completing the necessary Choice Plan Enrollment Kit with PERSI and then submitting a salary reduction agreement to Payroll. Further information is available at Choice Plan or by calling Human Resources (HR) at 208-612-8248.

VALIC 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan

Benefit eligible employees are also eligible to make supplemental retirement contributions to an IRS 457(b) Plan, commonly referred to as a Deferred Compensation Plan through the Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company (VALIC). Eligible employees may enroll in a 457(b) plan at any time by completing the necessary enrollment forms with VALIC and then submitting a salary reduction agreement to Payroll. Further information is available at the VALIC web page or by calling HR at 208-612-8248.