Overview of Employee Benefits

Availability and options described are dependent upon category of employment and may not reflect most recent revisions. This information is intended as an overview and introduction to the benefits offered to the employees of the City of Norfolk.


The City of Norfolk offers a benefit plan that can be tailored by employees to meet their various needs. Briefly listed below are the current benefits. For more information call the Department of Human Resources at 757-664-4486.

Employees are eligible for IRC Section 125 (pre-tax) when they enroll in one of several medical or dental plans, the Health Care Reimbursement account plan, and/or the Dependent Care Reimbursement account plan.

Medical Care

Employees are eligible to enroll in either the Optima Plan A, Optima Plan B, or Optima Plan C. Plans feature managed care (in network service) and indemnity insurance (out of network service) benefit options. This provides employees and covered dependents the freedom to choose how they receive medical care.

Dental Care

Delta Dental (DHMO Plan) is a dental health maintenance organization, which covers preventive services and offers reduced fees for corrective services.

Two Delta Dental Services (PPO/Indemnity) Plans have both traditional fees for service dental plans with differing coverage and reimbursement options.

Flexible Spending Accounts

Employees may select up to $2,600 for reimbursement of qualified health care expenditures and/or select up to $5,000 for reimbursement of qualified dependent care expenditures.


The health of the city's employee population is a priority. The wellness program educates employees on physical fitness, mental health, financial planning, environmental health, and spiritual health and provides a variety of activities and programs that promote positive lifestyle modifications.

Life Insurance

The city provides life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance at two times employee's salary. Optional coverage up to four times one's salary is available along with optional coverage for spouse and/or children.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Employee rights and responsibilities under the Family And Medical Leave Act

Sickness / Disability Protection

  • Short Term Disability Plan
    Employees may participate in a short-term disability plan. Coverage commences 15 calendar days after illness or injury. The benefit paid is up to 60% of employee's salary.
  • Long Term Disability Plan
    Employees may participate in a long-term disability plan. Coverage commences 90 calendar days after illness or injury. The benefit paid is up to 66 2/3% of employee's salary.

Leave Programs

  • Annual Leave
    Annual leave increases with the length of service to the city. Full time regular employees earn 8 or more hours of annual leave monthly depending upon length of service.
  • Sick Leave
    Employees earn sick leave at a rate equal to one working day per month. There is no limit on sick leave accrual. Unused sick leave is converted to pension credit at retirement.
  • Civil Leave
    This leave is granted for jury duty or to serve as a subpoenaed witness in court.
  • Bereavement Leave
    Leave is for a period of 24 work hours following the death of a family member, scheduled as desired by the employee.
  • Military Leave
    When submitted with official orders military leave is granted for the time requested by the employee.


Holidays observed by the City of Norfolk