Hiring Hall Employee Benefits

Thank you for accepting your Hiring Hall position. With your help, we’ll continue to deliver safe, reliable and clean energy to our customers and communities. As a Hiring Hall employee, you are eligible for a number of benefits that can help you and your family stay well, and obtain care for an illness, injury or medical condition. Take a look at the page below, which includes everything you need to know about the benefits you're eligible for.

Your Health Benefits

You have two options when you are hired into a Hiring Hall position:

  1. enroll in the Anthem Gold Plan and receive a reduced hourly Hiring Hall benefit allowance; or
  2. waive coverage in the Anthem Gold Plan and receive a full, unreduced hourly Hiring Hall benefits allowance.

If you're interested in enrolling in the Anthem Gold Plan, you’ll need to enroll within 31 days of your start date.

Read the Hiring Hall Benefits guide, along with the list of free services including immunizations, lab tests, X-rays and free prescription drugs to help you determine if you want to elect the Anthem Gold Plan.

Note, if you enroll in the Gold Plan near the end of the 31-day deadline, the benefits premium cost will be retroactive to your date of hire. Depending on when you were hired, this cost could include the cost of benefits for two months, and you will be responsible for paying the total premium cost for both months.

If, after your Hiring Hall assignment ends, you become a full- or part-time employee and are interested in enrolling in the Health Account Plan (HAP), note that your HAP benefits will not begin until the first day of the following month. This applies even if you did not elect the Hiring Hall Gold Plan.

Commuter Transit Program

As a Hiring Hall employee, you have the opportunity to purchase commuter transit products and passes, and pay for certain parking expenses with pre-tax contributions through the Commuter Transit Program (CTP).
Learn more here.

Time Off

Everyone needs time off to recharge. PG&E provides a variety of time off options for diverse needs.

Sick Pay

Hiring Hall employees are eligible for 24 hours of sick time per year, available for use after 90 days of employment. The 90 days (cumulative) in a 12-month period requirement is counted in calendar days, based on your employment dates.

After the initial award at 90 days, hours are awarded annually on your first day of attendance in the New Year if you are otherwise eligible. Any unused hours will not roll-over to the New Year.
Sick pay can be used for you or a family member for preventive care or care of an existing health condition or for specified purposes if you are a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. For more information and additional answers to frequently asked questions, visit the Time Off and Accommodations page.

Leaves of Absence

You may be eligible for family and medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and California Family Rights Act (CFRA) if you have completed 12 or more months of service with the company (need not be consecutive), worked at least 1250 hours within 12 months immediately preceding the leave start date, have not already exhausted your 12-week FMLA/CFRA entitlement and have a qualifying reason to take leave. Pursuant to California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), you are entitled to up to four months of medical leave, if medically necessary, for a disability on account of pregnancy, prenatal care, childbirth, or related medical conditions. There is no service requirement to be eligible for PDL (must work in California).

For more information, including other leave benefits you may be eligible for, who to call to report a leave and your responsibilities as an employee during the leave process, visit the Leave of Absence page.

Paid Family Leave and Disability Benefits

PG&E provides a Voluntary Disability and Paid Family Leave Benefit Plan (“Voluntary Plan”) to all eligible California Utility employees in place of the California State Disability Insurance (SDI) and Paid Family Leave plan (the “State Plan”).

The Voluntary Plan

Eligible California Utility employees are automatically covered under PG&E’s Voluntary Plan unless you opt out of coverage.

If you prefer to remain in the State Plan, you can opt out of the Voluntary Plan through your Mercer BenefitsCentral account within 31 days of your hire date or within 31 days of becoming an eligible employee under the Voluntary Plan. Your State Plan coverage will be effective retroactive to your hire date or eligibility date.

After your first 31 days, you can opt in or out of the Voluntary Plan anytime during the year, with changes effective according to a special schedule available at mypgebenefits.com > Time Off and Accommodations > Voluntary Plan. Anyone who opts out of the PG&E Voluntary Plan is required by state law to continue participating in the State Plan, which includes paying State Plan contributions and submitting claims for benefits through the state.

To see information about the State Plan versus the Voluntary Plan and a summary of Voluntary Plan coverage, visit the Voluntary Plan page. To see information about State Plan benefits, visit edd.ca.gov.