Employee Policy Manual

Benefits - General Policies and Guidelines

OVERVIEW

The University of North Alabama offers a comprehensive benefits program that provides protection and services to meet the needs of its employees throughout various stage of life. To get detailed information about each benefit offered, please refer to the Benefits section of the Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Actions website or to contact the Office of Human Resources at extension 4291.

Benefits Eligibility

The eligibility of staff and service employees for University of North Alabama benefits/privileges is determined by the employees employment status classification. Each eligible employee must have health insurance under the University's group plan or show proof of being insured under another plan. In addition to the narrative below, a chart also details benefit eligibility by classification.

Full Time Regular Faculty (9 or 12 months) members are eligible for the following benefits:

Full Time Regular Staff employees and 12 month non-teaching Faculty members are eligible for the following benefits:

*for non-exempt employees, eligibility begins after 90-day new hire

probationary period has been completed

Three Quarters Time Faculty (9 or 12 month) members are eligible for the following benefits:

Three Quarters Time Staff employees are eligible for the following benefits:

Half Time Faculty members are eligible for the following benefits:

Part Time Regular Staff employees are eligible for the following benefits:

Part Time Temporary Staff employees are eligible for the following benefits:

Adjunct faculty members are eligible for the following benefits:


CONTINUATION OF BENEFITS UPON LEAVE OR SEPARATION

An employee is entitled to the continuation of certain benefits during absences due to vacation, sickness, on-the-job injuries, long-term disability, leave without pay or leave of absence, termination, and retirement.

Leave Without Pay, Leave of Absence, and Long-Term Disability : An employee's benefits will remain in effect as long as he/she remains active (defined as being on the payroll). When an employee exhausts his/her leave, is placed in a "leave-without-pay" (LWOP) or "leave-of-absence" (LOA) status, or is placed on long-term disability (LTD), his/her benefit entitlements change. When an employee moves into the LWOP, LOA (without pay for reason of illness), or LTD status, the following outlines how his/her various benefits are handled:

Termination : Upon termination, an employee may continue his/her individual health/vision and dental benefits and the coverage for his or her dependents under the provisions of COBRA by paying 102% of the current premium. Basic life and supplemental benefits may be continued by the employee on a direct-pay basis with each benefit provider.

Retirement: If retirement under the TRS occurs:

Continuation of Benefits During Leave of Absence Without Pay (not related to sickness) : Once an employee exhausts his/her accrued leave, he or she may be placed in a leave-without-pay status for short periods of time or leave of absence for periods up to six months. The employee may be eligible to continue his/her health/vision, dental, basic life, LTD, and other supplemental benefits at his/her own expense.

DEATH BENEFITS

In the event of the death of an active, full-time or part-time regular employee, the beneficiary selected by the employees entitled to certain death benefits. The Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action maintains the forms necessary to establish a beneficiary. There are separate beneficiary forms for each of the benefits listed below. It is suggested than an employee ensures his/her beneficiary information is up to date at all times. Any changes to this information must be made in person in the Office of Human Resources and Affirmative Action.

If an employee dies before he/she retires from the University, his/her beneficiary is eligible to receive the following:

Upon the death of a retiree of the University, the designated beneficiary is eligible to receive the following: