The City of Los Angeles Personnel Department’s Employee Benefits Division administers the following programs: 

  • LAwell, the Civilian Employee Benefits Program
  • LIVEwell, the Civilian Employee Wellness Program
  • COMMUTEwell, the Commute Options & Parking Program
  • The Deferred Compensation Plan (for full-time and half-time employees)
  • The Pension Savings Plan (for part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees)
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The City offers a variety of benefits options through its LAwell Benefits Program (LAwell). LAwell’s annual Open Enrollment (October 1-31) gives employees and their families the opportunity to make benefit choices that are important in supporting their health and wellbeing. LAwell provides the following benefits to eligible full-time and half-time employees: 

  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance 
  • Disability Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment
  • Tax-Advantage Spending Accounts
  • Support Plus, the Employee and Family Assistance Program
LAwell website
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COMMUTEwell text logo.


The City offers a variety of transportation benefits to eligible City employees through its COMMUTEwell Program. COMMUTEwell includes coordination of the City’s ridesharing programs and issuance of parking permits for City-owned and leased parking lots. COMMUTEwell also provides information on commuting alternatives and encourages employees to join the City's efforts to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality in the Los Angeles Basin.

commutewell website
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LIVEwell text logo.

health & wellbeing

LIVEwell offers a variety of practical, abundant support to inspire and empower civilian employees in achieving healthy lifestyles, both at work and at home.

LIVEwell includes, an online resource to create and support all your wellness goals; in-person and virtual classes and webinars; and team challenges and family events. LIVEwell also provides on-demand resources - everything from goal-setting to fitness routines, recipes, videos, expert articles, and much more - that you can use anywhere and anytime your schedule allows.

Taking good care of yourself is important! Visit to learn more about events, wellness tips and tools, and other resources.

livewell website
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deferred compensation plan

The City of Los Angeles Deferred Compensation Plan is a supplementary retirement savings plan. It is available to all employees who are members of one of the City’s three defined benefit retirement plans. This voluntary program provides a resource for supplementing your City pension and building your financial security.

deferred comp website
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The Los Angeles City Employees’ Retirement System (LACERS) provides civilian employees of the City of Los Angeles a defined benefit retirement plan inclusive of service retirements, disability retirements, survivor benefits, and retiree health insurance programs. All regular, full-time, and certified part-time City employees are eligible for LACERS membership except employees of the Department of Water and Power, and sworn personnel who are members of the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions.

lacers website
pension savings plan

The City of Los Angeles Pension Savings Plan is a retirement savings plan for all part-time, temporary, and seasonal employees who are not eligible to participate in one of the City's three defined benefit retirement plans. Employees eligible for the Pension Savings Plan are enrolled automatically and participation is mandatory.

pension savings website
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other benefits

City employees also receive benefits which are not administered by the Employee Benefits Division.

Compensated Time Off & Leaves of Absence 

Employees accrue compensated time off (vacation, sick leave, etc.) and receive paid holidays in accordance with their Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) or other applicable provisions related to their employment. All leaves of employment (including vacation, sick leave, Family Medical Leave, and any other applicable type) are administered by the Human Resources/Personnel section of the employee’s Department. Contact information for each Human Resources/Personnel section can be found through the Citywide department directory at

Additional Insurance/Benefit Options

In addition to the insurance and benefits offered by the Employee Benefits Division, City employees may receive other insurance options or benefits through their union, another organization, or separate entity. Employees can refer to their MOU for details on the additional benefits they may receive, and can speak with their supervisor or Human Resources/Personnel contact for further information.

city of la MOU website