GCBD - Professional Staff Fringe Benefits

Emery County School District

Policy: GCBD-Professional Staff Fringe Benefits

Date Adopted: 2 November 1988

Current Review / Revision: 1 October 2014

Benefits, in addition to basic salary, are recognized by the Board as an integral part of the total compensation plan for staff members. The benefits extended to staff are designed to promote their present and future economic security and provide incentives for professional development that will be of benefit to both the employee and the District.

Eligibility

Full-Time licensed employees, as defined below, are eligible for participation in District sponsored fringe benefits as specified in the "Fringe Benefits for Licensed Full-Time Employees" section of this policy.

Licensed employees who are part-time, but not at-will, as defined below, are eligible for participation in District sponsored fringe benefits as specified in the "Fringe Benefits for Eligible Part-Time Licensed Employees" section of this policy.

Licensed employees, hired before July 1, 2013, and who are at-will, as defined below, are eligible for participation in District sponsored fringe benefits as specified in the "Fringe Benefits for Eligible At-Will Licensed Employees" section of this policy.

Licensed employees, hired on or after July 1, 2013, and who are at-will, as defined below, are not eligible for participation in District sponsored fringe benefits.

Definitions

Full-Time Equivalency (FTE): For licensed employees, 1.0 FTE indicates a contractually assigned position in which the employee will be paid the full annual amount from the licensed employee salary schedule that pertains to the employee and position. Licensed employees in less than full-time contractually assigned positions will be given a pro-rated FTE based on the requirements of the position.

Full-Time: School District employment in a licensed position of 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE).

Part-Time: School District employment in a licensed position of less than 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE).

Half-Time: School District employment in a licensed position of 0.5 full-time equivalency (FTE).

At-Will: School District employment in a licensed position of less than 0.5 full-time equivalency (FTE).

Fringe Benefits for Licensed Full-Time Employees

Medical Insurance

All full-time licensed employees are eligible to participate in the District's medical insurance plan. The District will pay 93.3% of the monthly cost of the Board approved medical plan for full-time employees.

The District allows qualifying full-time licensed employees to waive medical insurance. Employees who waive this coverage will receive a stipend-in-lieu of medical insurance. Details of this option are specified in rule GCBD-R/GDBD-R.

Dental Insurance

The District will pay sixty percent (60%) of the monthly premium of the Board approved dental plan for participating full­ time licensed employees. The employee is responsible to contribute the remaining 40%.

Life Insurance

The District will pay one hundred percent (100%) of the monthly premium of the Board approved group life plan for each full-time licensed employee.

Long-Term Disability Insurance

The District will pay fifty percent (50%) of the monthly premium of the Board approved long-term disability plan for each participating full-time licensed employee.

Utah State Retirement System

The District participates in the Utah State Retirement System for the benefit of all full-time licensed employees.

Leave Benefits

Benefitted leave is provided to full-time licensed employees in accordance with Policy GCC-GDC: Benefitted Staff Leaves and Absences.

Death Benefit

The District shall pay one additional month's salary to heirs of full-time licensed employees who die while actively employed by the District.

Interest-Free Computer Loan Program

The District will provide interest-free computer loans up to $2,400. Full-time licensed employees shall be allowed one loan every twenty-four (24) months. Each loan must be repaid in full before another loan will be given. Repayment will be made through payroll deduction in up to twenty-four (24) equal monthly payments. The minimum repayment amount will be

$100 per month. Loans will be made for one desktop or laptop computer and reasonable accessories purchased at the same time. Loans may also be made at the discretion of the business administrator for other electronic devices which have functionality similar to that of a computer.

Fringe Benefits for Eligible Part-Time Licensed Employees

Part-time licensed employees currently working in a half-time or higher FTE position may elect to participate in the District sponsored group medical, dental, life and long-term disability programs as explained below.

Medical Insurance

The District will pay a proportion of the monthly cost of the Board approved medical plan for eligible part-time licensed employees equivalent to 93.3% multiplied by the FTE of the employee.

Dental Insurance

The District will pay a proportion of the monthly premium of the Board approved dental plan for eligible part-time licensed employees equivalent to sixty percent (60%) multiplied by the FTE of the employee.

Life Insurance

The District will pay one hundred percent (100%) of the monthly premium of the Board approved group life plan for each eligible part-time licensed employee.

Long-Term Disability Insurance

The District will pay a proportion of the monthly premium of the Board approved long-term disability plan for eligible part­ time licensed employees equivalent to fifty percent (50%) multiplied by the FTE of the employee.

Utah State Retirement System

The District participates in the Utah State Retirement System for the benefit of eligible part-time licensed employees. Eligibility is met when the licensed employee is employed in a half-time or higher FTE position over the course of a year.

Leave Benefits

Benefitted leave is provided to eligible part-time licensed employees in accordance with Policy GCC-GDC: Staff Leaves and Absences.

Death Benefit

The District shall pay one additional month's salary to heirs of eligible part-time licensed employees who die while actively employed by the District.

Interest-Free Computer Loan Program

The District will provide interest-free computer loans up to $2,400. Eligible part-time licensed employees shall be allowed one loan every twenty-four (24) months. Each loan must be repaid in full before another loan will be given. Repayment will be made through payroll deduction in up to twenty-four (24) equal monthly payments. The minimum repayment amount will be $100 per month. Loans will be made for one desktop or laptop computer and reasonable accessories purchased at the same time. Loans may also be made at the discretion of the business administrator for other electronic devices which have functionality similar to that of a computer.

Fringe Benefits for Eligible At-Will Licensed Employees

Licensed employees, hired on or after July 1, 2013, and who are at-will, as defined above, are not eligible for participation in District sponsored fringe benefits.

At-will licensed employees hired before July 1, 2013 have grandfathered eligibility for certain fringe benefits as explained in this section. Grandfathered employees in this category may only participate in the medical, dental, life and long-term disability programs if they were doing so as of May 7, 2008. This grandfathered eligibility expires as soon as continuous participation in the medical, dental, life or long-term disability programs as of May 7, 2008 terminates for any reason.

Medical Insurance

At-will licensed employees are not eligible for participation in the District medical insurance program unless participating under the grandfathered eligibility explained above. For eligible, grandfathered employees, the District will pay a proportion of the monthly cost of the Board approved medical plan equivalent to 93.3% multiplied by the FTE of the employee.

Dental Insurance

At-will licensed employees are not eligible for participation in the District dental insurance program unless participating under the grandfathered eligibility explained above. For eligible, grandfathered employees, the District will pay a proportion of the monthly premium of the Board approved dental plan equivalent to 60% multiplied by the FTE of the employee.

Life Insurance

At-will licensed employees are not eligible for participation in the District life insurance program unless participating under the grandfathered eligibility explained above. For eligible, grandfathered employees, The District will pay one hundred percent (100%) of the monthly premium of the Board approved group life plan.

Long-Term Disability Insurance

At-will licensed employees are not eligible for participation in the District long-term disability program unless participating under the grandfathered eligibility explained above. For eligible, grandfathered employees, the District will pay a proportion of the monthly premium of the Board approved long-term disability plan equivalent to 50% multiplied by the FTE of the employee.

Utah State Retirement System

At-will licensed employees are not eligible for participation in the Utah State Retirement System.

Leave Benefits

Benefitted leave is provided to grandfathered, benefits eligible at-will licensed employees, hired before July 1, 2013, in accordance with Policy GCC-GDC: Staff Leaves and Absences.

Death Benefit

The District shall pay one additional month's salary to heirs of grandfathered, benefits eligible at-will licensed employees, hired before July 1, 2013, who die while actively employed by the District.

Interest-Free Computer Loan Program

The District will provide interest-free computer loans up to $2,400. Grandfathered, benefits eligible at-will licensed employees, hired before July 1, 2013, shall be allowed one loan every twenty-four (24) months. Each loan must be repaid in full before another loan will be given. Repayment will be made through payroll deduction in up to twenty-four (24) equal monthly payments. The minimum repayment amount will be $100 per month. Loans will be made for one desktop or laptop computer and reasonable accessories purchased at the same time. Loans may also be made at the discretion of the business administrator for other electronic devices which have functionality similar to that of a computer.

Fringe Benefits for Dual District Employed Spouses

Medical Insurance

  • When both spouses are employed on a full-time basis, medical coverage will be provided through one of the spouses. In addition, the District will contribute the equivalent of 93.3% of the current single coverage rate into the PrimeChoice account (medical trust or 401k) of the other spouse.

  • If one spouse is full-time and the other part-time, coverage will be provided through the full-time employee only.

    o Exception: This applies to married employees in this situation (one full-time and one part-time) as of May 7, 2008, and who were both enrolled in the School District's health insurance at that time. Said employees are eligible for medical coverage through the full-time employee and a pro-rated PrimeChoice contribution for the part-time employee. The District will contribute the equivalent of 93.3% of the current single coverage rate, multiplied by the FTE of the part-time employee, into the PrimeChoice account. This grandfathered eligibility expires as soon as the continuous employment of either spouse terminates for any reason.

  • If both spouses are part-time and they elect to participate in medical insurance, coverage will be provided through the spouse with the highest FTE. Said employee will be responsible to pay the prorated amount of the cost of insurance that corresponds to their FTE.

Dental Insurance

The District does not allow coverage through more than one employee within any given family. The District's contribution applies to only one employee per family.

Life Insurance

Eligibility for each spouse is determined independently based on their full-time or part-time status and general eligibility for participation in District sponsored fringe benefits.

Long-Term Disability Insurance

Eligibility for each spouse is determined independently based on their full-time or part-time status and general eligibility for participation in District sponsored fringe benefits.

Utah State Retirement System

Eligibility for each spouse is determined independently based on their full-time or part-time status and general eligibility for participation in District sponsored fringe benefits.

Interest-Free Computer Loan Program

Both spouses may qualify independently for participation in this program, depending on their full-time or part-time status and general eligibility for participation in District sponsored fringe benefits.