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Unit Classified Staff
Seven month probationary period for new hires

Subject to applicable waiting periods and other plan provisions, full-time Unit Classified 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/Vision Plan
Delta Dental / Davis Vision is available to employees through the AFSCME Union. The Union will notify employees of eligibility date; usually 6 months after hire date, cost is covered in Union dues.  

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 at 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.

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% tuition waiver for non-state supported courses. 

Direct Deposit
Required of all employees – state mandated; employee can have multiple accounts/banks. Takes up to two complete payrolls to become effective, live checks will be available in the business office and will be mailed after one week if not picked up.

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

Accrued at the end of each pay period, 5/6 of a day per month/10 days a year. As years of service increase, accrual rate of vacation will increase. 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, for existing employees, January 1st; 3 days pro-rated hired 01/01-03/31 22.50 hours/24 hours, hired 04/01-06/30 15 hours/16 hours, 07/01-09/30 7.5 hours/8 hours, after 10/01 0 hours. Must be used December 31st.

Sick Leave
Unit I members accrue 9.375 hours a month/112.50 hours a year. Unit II members accrue 10 hours a month/120 hours a year. 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. Unused sick time can be carried over to the next year.

Sick Leave Extension
Employee may apply for an extension of sick leave after all sick, vacation and personal time has been exhausted; refer to Article 12 Extension of Sick Leave in AFSCME contract.

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 AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement. 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 AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement or in the benefit plan brochures, or by speaking with a member of Massasoit Human Resources.
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