Employees of The University Corporation, depending upon classification and status as well as available funding, may be eligible to participate fully or partially in the benefits program.
1. Health Insurance
A salaried employee working 20 or more hours per week on an appointment to exceed six months is eligible to enroll in a variety of health plans administered through the California Public Employees' Retirement System. Eligible employees are able to enroll during the first 30 working days of employment or during the annual open enrollment period. The employer's contribution toward the carrier's group premiums is 85%. The employee will pay a 15% premium rate. Premiums are subject to change annually beginning January 1st.
2. Dental Plan
TUC sponsored dental programs offers two types of coverage; an Indemnity Plan and a Group Practice Plan from Delta Dental Plan of California. A salaried employee working 20 or more hours per week on an appointment to exceed six months is eligible to enroll in a dental plan. Eligible employees are able to enroll during the first 30 working days of employment. The employer's contribution towards the carrier's group premiums is 85%. The employee pays a 15% premium rate. Premiums are subject to change annually on January 1st.
3. Vision Plan
TUC sponsored plan is underwritten by VSP. A salaried employee working 20 or more hours per week on an appointment to exceed six months is eligible to enroll in the vision plan. Eligible employees are able to enroll during the first 30 working days of employment or during the annual open enrollment period.
Read the VSP Vision Insurance Plan
4. Life Insurance / AD&D
In the event of death or dismemberment of an employee, beneficiary/(ies) will receive a lump sum payment of:
Life insurance of 1 times current annual salary for non-management staff, or life insurance of 1.5 times current Annual Salary for management staff.
- 100% of Pension Plan (if applicable)
- Optional supplemental Life/AD&D, spouse and dependent child Life/AD&D is offered at the employee's cost
Salaried and hourly employees working 40 hours per week earn the following vacation that may be used after one full month of employment:
|Years of Service||Vacation Accrual Rate|
|1 Month to 3 Years||6 and 2/3 Hours Per Month|
|37 Months to 6 Years||10 Hours Per Month|
|73 Months to 10 Years||11 and 1/3 Hours Per Month|
|121 Months to 15 Years||12 and 2/3 Hours Per Month|
|181 Months to 20 Years||14 Hours Per Month|
|241 Months to 25 Years||15 and 1/3 Hours Per Month|
|301 Months and over||16 Hours Per Month|
Employees in the Executive plan will accrue 16 hours of vacation accrual each month.
As 'Years of Service' only employment with The University Corporation will be counted towards vacation accrual rates. Salaried and hourly employees working less than 40 hours per week earn vacation leave on a pro rata basis.
Eligible employees may accrue vacation without limit until the following maximums have been attained at the specified times:
Maximum Carryover Non-Executive Staff
272 hours for 10 or less years of service (up to 120 months)
384 hours for more than 10 years of service (>121 months)
Maximum Carryover for Executive Staff
384 hours for less than 10 years of service (<121 months)
440 hours for more than 10 years of service (>121 months)
6. Sick Leave
Each salaried or hourly employees working 40 or more hours per week earn 8 hours sick leave per month. Salaried employees working less than 40 hours per week earn sick leave on a pro rata basis.
7. Personal Holiday
Every employee receives one (1) Personal Holiday per calendar year, which must be used during that same calendar year. Part-time employees are entitled to a Personal Holiday on a pro rata basis.
8. Retirement Benefits
All employees that are a minimum of 21 years of age and have completed two consecutive years of employment (without a break in service), with a minimum of 1,000 hours in each year, will be eligible to participate in TUC's Defined Contribution Plan(TIAA/CREF). The amount of the contribution will be determined each year by the Board of Trustees. Employees will be 100% vested upon initial participation.
Note: There are other eligibility requirements which could affect you.
TUC currently matches based upon the following schedule:
|Employee||The University Corporation||Total|
|Employee Contribution||Employer GRA* Contribution||Employer Match Contribution||Total Contributions into the Retirement Account|
*GRA: General Retirement Account
Please contact the TUC-HR Department for more details.
9. Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan
TUC provides a number of tax sheltered annuity companies in which employees may participate through payroll deduction.
10. Fee Reimbursement Program
Regular full-time employees (excludes employees on contracts and grants) may participate in TUC's fee reimbursement program. No more than six units per semester may be taken and the coursework must be absolutely work-related as determined and approved by the employee' supervisor.
11. Workers' Compensation
TUC provides Workers' Compensation Insurance for all employees injured on the job. The purpose of the plan is to assist the employee who has a job related injury or illness. Workers' Compensation Insurance pays all medical expenses and provides the employee with Temporary Disability for income lost while unable to work. Employees may use their sick leave to supplement Temporary Disability payments. If the injury results in death, death benefits are provided for the surviving spouse and dependents.
12. Unemployment Insurance/State Disability Insurance
TUC provides Unemployment Insurance benefits, State Disability Insurance (SDI), and Paid Family Leave for all employees. For information concerning eligibility, filing claims, etc. contact the nearest Employment Development Department (EDD) in your community.
For questions regarding benefits please contact:
Human Resources Manager
1. Appointments Not Eligible For Benefits
Student Employees, Casual Appointments, and Temporary Appointments are not eligible for any benefits.
2. Benefit Category Type A
Hourly employees, salaried employees with an expected term of employment of less than six months, and salaried employees working less than 20 hours per week, are eligible for benefits categorized as Type A.
Type A Benefits include:
- Sick Leave
- Personal Holiday
- Paid Holidays
- Retirement Benefits (under specific conditions)
- Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan
3. Benefits Category Type B
Salaried employees with an expected term of employment of more than six months and working more than 20 hours per week are eligible for benefits categorized as Type B.
Type B Benefits include:
- Sick Leave
- Personal Holiday
- Paid Holidays
- Health Insurance
- Dental Plan
- Vision Plan
- Life Insurance/AD&D
- Retirement Benefits
- Tax Sheltered Annuity Plan
1. Change of Method
Beginning July 1, 2007 The University Corporation is employing a new method of charging benefit costs for employees of sponsored programs.
Until June 30, 2007, the actual benefit costs incurred for each employee were charged to sponsored programs. As a result benefits were budgeted in account 602000 Benefits, and actual expenditures were charged to the accounts 602110 Payroll Taxes, 602210 Workers Compensation, and 602220 Unemployment.
Beginning July 1, 2007, The University Corporation will charge benefits cost to sponsored programs as a percentage of salaries and wages.
Transition during Project Period
Benefit costs will be charged according to the new method as of July 1, 2007. There will be no retroactive adjustments for previous periods in open projects. As a result, projects with start dates before June 30, 2007 and an end date after June 30 2007, will be charged benefits under two different methods. For payroll periods before June 30, 2007 benefits will be charged according to the old 'Actual Benefit Cost' method. For payroll periods after June 30, 2007 benefits will be charged according to the new 'Benefit Rate' method.
Advantages of the New Method
This new, more common allocation method significantly simplifies revisions and corrections of personnel costs and the tracking of benefits costs for Principal Investigators and Research Administrators. It also allows for the more precise budgeting for benefit expenses.
Preparation of Future Project Budgets
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will assist you in using the new benefit rates in preparing any budgets for future grant applications.
No Action Required by Principal Investigators and Research Administrators
TUC will implement the new method. At this time, there is no additional action required by Principal Investigators and Research Administrators. However, when reallocating personnel expenditures to and from projects, it is important to determine in which period the expenditures were recorded and which benefit method was used, since the same method must be used for reallocating expenditures.
2. Current Benefit Rates (valid as of September 16, 2012)
|Covered Benefits:||Taxes & Mandatory|
|Eligibility Criteria||Applied Rates||FICA||Unemployment||Workers|
|Employee Receiving No Benefits||Rate 1|
|Students w/o ppointment &<4hrs/day||X||X|
|Students w/ appointment or > 4hr/day||X||X||X|
|Salary < 6 month||X||X||X|
|Salary < 20 hr/week||X||X||X|
|Hourly < 2 years||X||X||X|
|Hourly > 2 years & <1000 hrs/year||X||X||X|
|Employees with Retirement Benefits Only||Rate 2|
|Hourly > 2 years & >1000 hrs/year||X||X||X||X||X|
|Casual Appointments > 2 years & >1000 hrs/year||X||X||X||X||X|
|Eligible for, but declined Health Benefits||X||X||X||X||X||Flex Cash|
|Employees with Health Benefits But Not Yet Eligble for Retirement (< 2 Years)||Rate 3|
|Hourly - Fully Benefited||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Salary > 6 month & 20 hours/week||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Employees with Health Benefits And Eligble for Retirement (> 2Years)||Rate 4|
|Hourly - Fully Benefited||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Salary > 6 month & 20 hours/week||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X||X|
3. Historic Benefit Rates
|From||To||Rate 1||Rate 2||Rate 3||Rate 4|
As a percentage of Salaries & Wages
4. Faculty Release Time
Beginning July 1, 2009 California State University, Northridge will charge The University Corporation the direct cost associated with benefits for Faculty Release Time. Until June 30, 2009, California State University, Northridge charged The University Corporation 38% for benefits on Faculty Release Time. Please note that these charges for benefits are included in the invoiced amounts and are booked in the account '601620 Faculty Release Time'.
5. Administrative Issues
Classification of Employees
The TUC-Human Resources Department will assign all current and future employees with the appropriate benefit rate, based on their appointment. If you have any questions regarding the classification of an employee, please contact Kathryn Weeks, H.R. Manager at (818) 677-5040.
Beginning with the July 1, 2007 payroll, benefits will be charged only to account '602000 Benefits'.
Annual Review of Benefit Rates
Benefit rates will be reviewed annually and adjusted to compensate for increases in actual benefit costs. At that time, you will be notified of any rate changes.
6. Cognizant Agency
The above listed benefit rates have been submitted to The University Corporation's cognizant agency for approval.
Department of Health & Human Services
Division of Cost Allocation
DCA Western Field Office
50 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102