Full-Time Employee Benefit Summary


 NYS Retirement System

  • Health / Dental Insurance
  • Health Insurance Opt-out
  • Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • Vacation, Sick, Personal Leave
  • Bereavement Leave
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Disability Insurance (short/Long Term)
  • Tuition Assistance Program

New York State Retirement System:

Participation in the New York State Employee’s Retirement System is mandatory for Permanently appointed employees, and optional for Provisionally appointed or Temporary employees.    New enrollments will be Tier VI and require a minimum 3% contribution.

Health Insurance:

      Multiple MVP Healthcare options are available to RHA employees and their dependents.  RHA contributes a flat dollar amount towards the premium, calculated at 75% of the base medical plan (currently the mid-level plan). 

Health Insurance Opt-Out Incentive:

      For employees who can show proof of health insurance coverage through another group health plan (ex. Employer of spouse or parent) may receive up to a maximum $3,000 per year as an opt-out incentive.  This is pro-rated per year, and paid on a quarterly basis.


Dental Insurance:

      RHA offers dental coverage, and contributes 50% of the premium.


      New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day.

Term Life Insurance (Basic & Voluntary):

      Each employee will be provided a no-cost term life insurance policy with the option of purchasing additional insurance for themselves, their spouse, and their dependents.


Non-Union employees have a 30 day waiting period.  Union employees have a six month waiting period.

1 - 4 years of service earns 16 days of vacation per year (pro-rated in the first year)

5 - 9 years of service earns 21 days of vacation per year

10 – 19 years of service earns 26 days of vacation per year

20+  years of service earns 31 days of vacation per year

 Sick Leave:

      Ten (10) days of Sick Leave per year. Unused sick days may be rolled over from year to year for a maximum of 165 days.  New employees will receive a prorated amount of sick leave the first calendar year. 

Personal Leave:

      Three (3) or four (4) Personal Days per year, pro-rated during the first calendar year of employment, depending upon Union status.  Non-used Personal Days are converted to Sick Leave at the beginning of the following year.  Waiting periods apply.

Bereavement Leave:

      Five (5) days for non-union employees, and four (4) days for union employees.  Time off with pay in the event of a death in the immediate family.

Health Reimbursement Account (HRA):

      For each full month employed, RHA contributes $75 ($900 per full year) into a health reimbursement account for the employee and their dependents to use towards out-of-pocket medical expenses.    

Flexible Spending Account (FSA):

      An FSA allows you to set aside part of your salary before taxes in order to pay for qualified medical or dependent care expenses.

Disability Insurance:

      Short-Term Disability (weeks 1 - 26 of a disability): Optional supplemental disability coverage is available to employees to continue their salary at 66.66% for the first 26 weeks of a disability.  Premium is paid by the employee.

      Long-Term Disability(weeks 27 - on of a disability):  Optional supplemental disability coverage is available to employees to continue their salary at 66.66% for the remainder of their disability until the scheduled maximum allowable time for the disability.  RHA contributes 50%  of the premium.

Tuition Assistance Program:

      Full-time employees, after one year of employment, are eligible to have one-half of their out-of pocket course costs re-imbursed by RHA.  Annual maximum of $1,500 and lifetime maximum of $6,000.  Other terms and eligibility apply.

*This listing is only a brief summary of the major benefits provided by the Rochester Housing Authority.  There are other benefits available to employees which may be optional, based on years of service, or eligibility.