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2011 Best Employers

Brevard Public Schools

This school system offers employees an innovative wellness program.

Benefits/Financial: Brevard offers a defined benefit plan, a 403(b) plan, and a money purchase defined contribution plan to its full- and part-time employees. Employees age 50 and over can make catch-up contributions to their 403(b) plan and contributions are conveniently made via payroll deduction with pretax dollars, which lowers employees' taxable income.

Employees receive financial planning information from staff members, from the staff of the financial services firm that administers their 403(b) plan, and from external financial planning experts.  

Brevard offers short-term and long-term leaves of absence without pay to allow for caregiving.  

The following wellness programs are offered to full- and part-time employees: flu shots, health screenings, health risk appraisals, smoking cessation programs, health club discounts, physical activity and weight loss programs, and stress management training. Seventy-nine percent of Brevard employees have utilized at least one of these wellness benefits in the past 12 months.  

To its full- and part-time employees, Brevard offers on-site child care for children of employees and for grandchildren of employees with responsibility for grandchildren as well as referral services to assist with child care, care for grandchildren and elder care. In addition, most of Brevard's elementary schools provide before- and after-school care for children of employees and for grandchildren of employees with responsibility for grandchildren.

Benefits/Alternative Work Arrangements: Brevard offers the following alternative work arrangements to its full- and part-time employees: flex time, compressed work schedules, job sharing, telecommuting and a formal phased retirement program. Employees interested in working a compressed work schedule must work 40 hours per week.

Brevard's phased retirement program, the State of Florida's Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP), allows those who are eligible to retire to have their retirement benefit deposited into an interest-bearing savings account for up to 60 months while they continue to work. When employment is terminated, the funds are released to retirees.  

Full-time employees are eligible to move to part-time work on a permanent or temporary basis.    

Opportunities for Retirees: Brevard has 4,733 retirees and an individual directly responsible for retiree relations. The school system stays connected with its retirees by inviting retirees to organization events, providing ongoing access to retirement planning workshops and information, and by formally acknowledging retirees when they retire. Retirees are offered the following work opportunities: temporary work assignments, consulting or contract work, full-time work and part-time work.  

Age of Workforce: Forty-six percent of Brevard's employees are age 50 and over. The average tenure of those employees age is 14 years.

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