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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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