Health Governors State University believes that the health and wellness of its employees and their families is a priority, and offers a range of group health Insurance plans and program options through the State of Illinois, to fit their personal needs. Links:  Plan Administrators and websites,Qualifying Changes.

Behavioral Health -services are a component of the health plan in which the member is enrolled.  Covered employees also have access to the Employee Assistance Plan for various behavioral health issues 1-866-659-3848 24 hours TTY users: 1-800-526-0844.

Dental – Employees who are eligible for insurance through GSU are entitled to two teeth cleanings per year. Dental Coverage 

Vision – One free eye exam per year is offered to covered employees and their dependents.  If employees select health and dental, vision coverage is free as a benefit.

Life Insurance- Status employees working 50% time or above are entitled to their annual salary in life insurance for free. Employees may increase life insurance at any time.  This benefit does not have to wait until Benefits Choice during the month of May to make changes.  To make changes, complete the Group Insurance Enrollment/Change Form and return it to Human Resources. 

To increase life insurance, complete the Statement of Health form.

Flexible Spending Accounts – Employees may save pre-tax for purposes of medical expenses or child care. Members must sign up for this benefit every year during the month of May. 

Employee Tuition Waiver – Permanent status employees may enroll in any university previously a part of the Board of Governors system for a maximum of two courses, or six credit hours, whichever is greater, in any one academic term with exemption from the payment of tuition and fees. (Governors State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Western Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University) Civil Service Tuition and fee waivers shall be granted by each state university in Illinois to status Civil Service employees of the University. (BOT p. 29-30)

Dependent Tuition Waiver – In accordance with Public Act 90-0282 tuition waivers for undergraduate education at Illinois public universities shall be made available to eligible children of employees of the public universities who have 7 or more full years of total university employment. Dependents under the age of 25 of eligible employees shall receive a fifty percent (50%) reduction of the tuition for undergraduate education at any Illinois state university named in the Act for a period not to exceed four years. The schools include: University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University, Chicago State University, Eastern Illinois University, Governors State University, Illinois State University, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, and Western Illinois University.

Bright Start College Savings Plan – Employees may save for college via payroll deduction. Employees may write off a portion of the Illinois tax when filing taxes at the end of the year.

SURS Retirement – State Universities Retirement System is the retirement system.  Current pension reform states that effective July 1, 2014, Tier 1 participants (those hired prior to January 1, 2011) will reduce their SURS contribution to 7% instead of 8%.  Employees must adequately plan to ensure that personal retirement goals are met. Employees may open a voluntary retirement account to compensate for the reduction. Tier 2 participants (those hired after January 1, 2011) will continue to pay 8%. Contact SURS at: www.surs.org or 800 275-7877.

403B Voluntary Retirement Accounts – Under IRS rules and regulations, Employees under age 50 may contribute up to $17,500.00 in 2014 for pre-tax retirement savings. Under the Catch-up Provision of the IRS regulations, employees over age 50 may contribute up to $23,000.00 in 2014 for pre-tax retirement savings.

Governors State University’s Board of Trustees has approved four vendors to do business for voluntary retirement savings.  They are TIAA-CREF, VALIC, Fidelity, and The Legend Group.  Employees may contact the approved vendors directly to open an account. After the account is open, members must complete a Salary Reduction Agreement  to start payroll deductions.

457 Plan State of Illinois Deferred Compensation voluntary retirement account-Under IRS rules and regulations, Employees under age 50 may contribute up to $17,500.00 in 2014 for pre-tax retirement savings. Under the Catch-up Provision of the IRS regulations, employees over age 50 may contribute up to $23,000.00 in 2014 for pre-tax retirement savings.

Disability SURS - After 1.5 years of service in SURS, employees are entitled to apply for SURS Disability after exhausting all sick and vacation time, and the employee has been off of work for 60 days.  If approved, SURS Disability pays up to 50% of the two year SURS salary looking back for an average of two years. www.surs.org

Long Term Disability –Status employees may choose this voluntary benefit.  This benefit pays up to 66.67% of the employee salary up to age 65.  If the employee is awarded SURS Disability, then the benefit will only pay the additional 16.667%.

Holidays – Holidays recognized by the Board shall be New Year’s Day, day before or day after New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, Lincoln’s Birthday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, day after Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and day before or day after Christmas Day.

Employees covered by a Collective Bargaining Agreement shall be granted paid holidays in accordance with the express terms of that agreement.

Family Medical Leave Act – Allows employees up to twelve weeks of absence in a year for an employee illness, to care for a spouse, child, or parent.  It also allows employees to care for injured military members or their dependents for up to 26 weeks.

VESSA – Protects victims of violence and allows up to twelve weeks off of work in a year for employees who are victims of abuse and violent crimes.

Military Duty – An employee who is a member of any reserve component of the United States Armed Forces or of any reserve component of the Illinois National Guard shall be granted leave for any period actively spent in such military service, including: (i) basic training; (ii) special or advanced training, whether or not within the State and whether or not voluntary; and (iii) annual training.  Benefits during Military leave: The employee’s seniority and other benefits shall continue to accrue. For compensation details refer to (BOT Employees Page 5)