Seal of Dane County County of Dane
Department of Administration


Active Employee Benefits

Dane County offers exceptional, comprehensive benefits for employees.

The following links will direct you to more information about each of the benefits you receive by working at the County.  Benefits may vary by position.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance is provided to employees by Dean Health Plan. Dane County offers two different health insurance options: a Health Maintenance Organization Option (HMO) or a Purchase of Service Option (POS). Dane County pays 100% of the HMO Premium. Employees pay 25% of the difference in cost between the HMO and the POS options. There are two coverage options: Employee-only or Family. Premiums are pro-rated for part-time positions.

Open enrollment period: 

Online Enrollment Instructions

Plan Information:

HMO Option:

POS Option:


Dean Phone Number: (800) 279-1301

Wellness of our employees is a top priority for Dane County and Dean Health Plan. Learn about the rewards program, perks, and health opportunities available for employees by clicking here to browse more information.


Wisconsin Retirement System:

Dane County employees participate in the Wisconsin Retirement System. Each year, 13.6% of your gross salary is contributed. Dane County pays the employer portion. Employees pay the employee portion through a payroll deduction. More information is available on Wisconsin Department of Employee Trust Funds website.

Wisconsin Deferred Compensation

Additionally, Dane County Employees have the option to participate in the Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program. The Wisconsin Deferred Compensation Program is an optional, supplemental retirement savings plan. More information about the program is available here.

Optional Group Insurance Policies

Group Life Insurance is provided by the State of Wisconsin Group Life Insurance Program.

State of Wisconsin Information:

Long Term Disability Care is the type of care received either at home or in a facility. Our long term disability care insurance provider is The Standard.

Choice period: Annually every spring 

The Standard Information:

Plan Information:

Long Term Care is the type of care received either at home or in a facility. Our long term care insurance provider is Unum.

Unum Information:

Our vision insurance provider is Delta Dental.

Phone: 888-324-8600


Delta Vision Rates

Rates for May 1, 2020 through April 30, 2025

Plan: Full Service with Eye Exam  
Employee Only: $8.17
Employee & Spouse: $16.32
Employee & Child(ren): $17.96
Employee & Family: $23.68


Plan: Materials Only  
Employee Only: $5.91
Employee & Spouse: $11.82
Employee & Child(ren): $13.01
Employee & Family: $17.15


Flexible Spending

A Flexible Spending Plan allows participating employees to deduct money from their pay on a pre-tax basis and use it to pay for their group insurance premiums and fund flexible spending accounts (FSA), which reimburse their eligible health care and dependent care expenses.
Active employees are able to sign-up during the annual enrollment. Under this plan, an amount you determine is deducted pretax from your paycheck and sent to EBC. Qualified healthcare expenses and dependent care expenses are then reimbursed to you throughout the year by sending a copy of the invoice to EBC. This allows you to pay for your qualified medical expenses with pretax funds, thus providing a discount on medical expenditures.
Open enrollment period: 10/17/2022 - 11/14/2022 (closed for 2022)

Employee Benefits Corporation:



Two (2) to three (3) weeks of vacation time will be granted to employees in the 1st-5th year of employment. Employee group or union contracts vary. Management positions begin with three (3) weeks.


We offer 32 hours of floating holiday time, plus 11 fixed holidays in which the office is closed:

  • New Year's Eve
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday
  • Memorial Day
  • June 19th
  • July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

Paid Parental Leave

Employees get 240 hours of paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child to use within 6 months of the event.


Dane County Bus Pass Program Information 2024-2025

Commuter Benefits

  • Free Bus Pass —Contact RoundTrip to request a free bus pass. Both full-time employees and LTEs are eligible. Valid for unlimited rides on Metro fixed-route buses and paratransit service.
  • Parking — Parking is available in the County Ramp for $15.00 per month.
  • Parking Waiver Program — Free parking in the County ramp for employees who primarily carpool, ride the bus, bike, or walk to work, on the days they need to drive. Contact the RoundTrip to register.

Biking to Work

  • Dane County offers miles of maintained bike paths which are an excellent low-cost, eco-friendly option for your commute. Links to local and Dane County bicycle maps.
  • The Dane County Parking Ramp offers bicycle locker rental in two locations near the Capitol Square. Lockers rent for $60.00/calendar year plus a refundable key deposit. The fee is not pro-rated. Email the parking ramp or call (608) 266-4363 to check availability.


RoundTrip helps commuters in Dane County connect with carpool partners, vanpool routes, bike buddies, Metro Transit routes, and park-n-rides. Register for free at

Emergency Ride Home Program

The Dane County Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program supports commuters who walk, bike, bus, and rideshare to work by providing up to six taxi vouchers per year to get home in case of a qualified emergency. Learn more and sign up at