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Office of Human Resources - Benefits Information
Non-Unit Professional
One year probationary period for new hires
Subject to applicable waiting periods and other plan provisions, full-time Non-Unit Professional employees receive the following benefits:

Health and Basic Life Insurance– pre-tax premium deductions
Employees hired after July 1, 2003, pay 25% of their monthly premium. Employees hired before July 1, 2003 pay 20% of their monthly health and basic life insurance premium.  All plans include prescription drug benefit.  The Commonwealth offers $5,000.00 mandatory Basic Life Insurance.

Optional Life Insurance
New employees may apply for optional life insurance up to 8x your salary without the need for a medical review. If not enrolled at time of new hire, employee must wait one year from date first eligible before enrolling. Current employees may apply for optional life insurance up to 8x your salary subject to a medical review at anytime during the year.

Dental Plan
MetLife Dental is available to employees on the first calendar day of the first calendar month following 2 full months of continuous service. The cost for Individual coverage is $8.75 bi-weekly; Family coverage is $17.50 bi-weekly. Open enrollment for MetLife dental, if not elected at time of new hire, is November for January 1st coverage.  

Long Term Disability
New employees may enroll in LTD, without providing evidence of good health, within 10 days of hire.  Current employees can apply for LTD coverage during annual enrollment, or any time during the year, an evidence of insurability for insurance approval must be provided to enter the Plan.

State Retirement Plan - SERS
Defined benefit plan- State Employees Retirement System. Employee contributes 9% of pay (plus additional 2% of any earnings over $30,000). Vesting is 10 years after credible service. Deductions begin with first paycheck.

Optional Retirement Plan – ORP (Only President, Vice President or Deans)
Defined contribution plan through choice of TIAA-CREFF, VALIC or Lincoln Financial. Employees contribute 9% of salary (plus additional 2% of any earnings over $30,000). Vesting is immediate. Must choose within 90 days to participate; State Retirement will continue to deduct until decision is made, able to roll over SERs contributions to ORP.

Tax Sheltered Annuity 403(b)
Employee can make pre-tax contributions to a 403(b) plan that may help reduce current taxes while you save for retirement. Please contact Human Resources for a complete list of approved vendors.

Dependent and Health Care Reimbursement
Annual Enrollment November- December for January 1st effective date
Dependent Care – Active state employees who have employment-related expenses for a dependent child under the age of 13 and/or a disabled adult dependent is eligible for DCAP.  Program allows participant to contribute up to $5,000 per family annually on a pre-tax basis as a payroll deduction

Health Care Reimbursement – Through this benefit, active employees can pay for non-covered health-related expenses on a pre-tax basis.  Employees may contribute up to $5,000 annually on a pre-tax basis as a payroll deduction.

State Tuition Waiver
After six months of continuous service, 100% tuition waiver available to full-time employee, spouse and dependents for state-supported courses at any Massachusetts community or state college or university; 50% waiver for non-state supported courses.  A 50% fee waiver shall apply for spouse and dependents to any regular day program offered at any College in the Community College System.

Direct Deposit
Required of all employees – state mandated; employee can have multiple accounts/banks. Effective after first payroll.

Thirteen paid holidays annually, see Human Resources for complete listing.

An employee who works a 12-month year shall be entitled to an annual vacation leave of 165 hours; vacation is accumulated  .084615 for each hour worked. Part time employees, half time or more, shall accumulate at the same proportion as employee's service bears to full time service.

Personal Days
3 days credited to current employees on January 1st. 3 days pro-rated hired 01/01-03/31 22.50 hours, hired 04/01-06/30 15 hours, 07/01-09/30 7.5 hours, after 10/01 0 hours. Must be used by December 31st.

Sick Leave
Twelve month employees accrue 112.50 hours/15 days annually. Ten month employees accrue 93.75 hours/12 ½ days annually. For part time employees working half time or more sick leave credits shall accumulate in the same proportion that employee's service bears to full time service.

Sick Bank
If on an approved leave of absence, may access Sick Bank once sick leave is exhausted.  Automatic 7.5 hours assigned to sick bank unless Payroll is notified by 10/30.  New hires must notify Payroll within 10 days of hire if they wish to participate in Sick Bank.

Family and Medical Leave Act
FMLA entitles employees to take up to 12 weeks unpaid, job protected leave during a 12 month period for specified family and medical reasons. While on approved, unpaid FMLA, employees may utilize sick and personal accrued time, as detailed in the Non Unit Professional Personnel & Policies Handbook. All leave plans are run concurrently run.

Note: This information is meant as a summary only and is subject to change. More detailed information can be found in the Non-Unit Professional Personnel & Policies Handbook or in benefit plan brochures or by speaking with a member of Massasoit Human Resources and Payroll staff.
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