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Benefits at a Glance

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APL offers a comprehensive package of benefits, including medical, dental, life, accident, and disability coverage. Numerous educational and recreational programs are available to interested staff members. In addition, the Laboratory offers exceptional benefits for your retirement years.

Holidays and Paid Leave

APL offers its employees several types of paid absences, covering recreation, illness, and military and civic obligations. Earned vacation leave is based on staff level and years of service and ranges from 15 to 25 days annually. Seven paid holidays are observed each year, and the Laboratory also offers one personal day per year to cover any type of absence. Medical leave consists of 7 days each year (prorated for part-time employees) to be used for illnesses of short duration, occasional doctor and dentist appointments, and the care of sick family members.

Other Leave

After 1 year of service, staff members may qualify for up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year for personal illnesses, to care for family members who are ill, or after the birth or adoption of a child.

Health Insurance Options

APL offers both medical insurance (including vision and prescription benefits) and dental insurance to meet the needs of staff members and their families, including qualifying same-sex domestic partners. Covered services from designated providers are covered at a higher level, often with small copayments. Covered services received outside of the designated provider network (out-of-network benefits) are covered at a lower level after satisfying a deductible amount. Two dental insurance plans cover preventive, diagnostic, and restorative services for employees and their eligible dependents.

Flexible Spending Accounts

APL staff members may choose to make pre-tax contributions to flexible spending accounts for health care and/or dependent care. Contributions to a health care flexible spending account may be used to cover costs for items on a standard list of out-of-pocket medical, dental, vision, and pharmacy expenses (including over-the-counter medicines and medically necessary health care products). Dependent care flexible spending account contributions can be used for items on a standard list of child-care and elder-care expenses.

Life and Personal Accident Insurance Options

APL provides $50,000 of life insurance to staff no cost. Staff members can purchase additional coverage at levels up to six times their annual salary to a maximum level of $1,250,000 (not including the $50,000 basic coverage). Staff members who purchase life insurance above the basic $50,000 level are also eligible for the insurance carrier’s will preparation service, which covers certain attorney’s fees for will preparation.

Personal accident insurance offers protection against financial loss because of accidents that result in death or dismemberment within 1 year of the date of the accident. APL provides $10,000 of personal accident insurance to eligible staff members at no cost, and staff members can purchase additional coverage for themselves and their families in increments of $50,000 up to a maximum of $300,000.

Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Coverage

APL provides both short-term disability coverage and basic long-term disability coverage.


APL offers flexible work schedules wherever possible, consistent with its government contracts and business requirements. Our standard business hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Adjusted work schedules may be negotiated at the supervisor's discretion.

Pension Plan

APL offers a defined-contribution pension plan with immediate vesting. Eligible staff members can begin contributions as early as the first pay period following their date of hire. After 1 year of service, the Laboratory makes a basic contribution to the pension plan of 2.5% of compensation for each employee and also matches up to the first 4% of compensation contributed on a $2 to $1 basis. Funds can be invested in a wide range of employee-directed options.

Continuing Education

APL encourages staff members to further their formal education. Our Part-Time Study Program pays tuition and laboratory fees for approved courses or programs, through either prepayment or reimbursement. Staff members may take up to 18 credits per year with supervisory approval (part-time staff may take up to 9 credits per year). Work schedule rearrangement is available to all full-time and regular part-time staff members as part of the educational assistance benefits package.

Master's degree programs are offered through the Engineering for Professionals program, which is a collaboration between APL and The Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering. Courses are conveniently scheduled in the late afternoon or evenings. Many classes are offered on the APL campus, and a growing number of programs and classes are also available online. Other schools within an hour's drive of APL offer a wide variety of career-related educational programs and opportunities for advanced degrees.

Dependent Scholarship Program

Dependent children of all regular full-time and part-time staff members (with at least 5 years of service at the Laboratory) are eligible to apply for college tuition scholarship grants. The scholarships are awarded competitively on the basis of SAT/ACT scores and high school academic records.

Child Care Assistance

APL staff have access to a computerized resource and referral service that helps parents identify and choose child care that is best suited to their needs, preferences, and ability to pay. Laboratory staff can also use LOCATE Child Care Services to obtain information on all regulated center-based care facilities, family child care, nursery schools, kindergartens, and Head Start programs available in their neighborhood or near their workplaces.

Staff members can also call and receive a customized list of daycare providers meeting their criteria that have available openings. Counselors provide information on specific child-care alternatives and can also suggest questions to ask potential caregivers.

Flu Shots

Free seasonal flu vaccinations are offered annually through APL’s medical unit.

Legal Services

APL staff members and their dependents are entitled to receive certain covered personal legal services, including attorney consultation (office visits or by telephone) for consumer protection matters, small claims assistance, debt collection defense, identity theft defense, personal bankruptcy, tax audits, civil lawsuits, family law, immigration, personal injury, real estate, traffic and criminal matters, will and estate matters, and legal document preparation.