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ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

 

Direct Deposit

Employees are eligible for direct deposit of their paycheck. Applications are available in the Payroll Department of Human Resources, Kiely Hall, Room 163, or online under Forms.

 

Tuition Waivers

Full-time instructional staff members are eligible for tuition waivers for undergraduate and graduate courses at any college of the City University of New York. There is a one-year eligibility period for undergraduate courses; there is no limit on the number of credits.

For graduate courses, there is no wait, with a limit of 6 credits per semester. Summer session is not included. Graduate courses require management certification forms with the course description and bursar's receipt attached. Tuition waiver forms are available in the Office of Human Resources.

An adjunct is eligible for tuition remission of up to one course if he or she has taught one or more courses in the same department at the same college for ten consecutive semesters (not including summer session) and is appointed to teach a course of not fewer than three contact hours per week per semester. If the adjunct wants to take a graduate-level course, it is available on a space-available basis. An adjunct who has established eligibility for this tuition waiver shall lose eligibility if in any two out of three academic years the adjunct teaches in only one semester of the year at the college.

 

New York State College Choice Tuition Savings Program

The New York State College Tuition Choice Program provides full-time employees with the opportunity to save for a child's college expenses while gaining tax advantages. Participants may deduct up to $5000 of their contributions from their New York State taxable income. Contributions to the program may be made through payroll deductions or direct payment to the plan. Minimum paycheck deductions must be at least $25 per paycheck.

If you want more information about the program, call the College Savings Program at 1-800-NYSAVES. The Office of Human Resources also has informational brochures, enrollment materials, and payroll deduction forms for the program. 

 

US Savings Bonds

Bonds are available for purchase through payroll deductions. The phone number is 1-800-4US-BOND. Please refer to your paycheck stub for the department code which is needed for this process.

 

Jury Duty

"Employees who are required to serve on jury, or are required to report to court in person in response to a jury duty summons, or are required to report for jury examinations or to qualify for jury duty, shall receive their regular salary during such absences provided that they remit to the university an amount equal to the compensation received by them, if any, for jury duty."

 

COBRA

The Federal Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (COBRA) requires that New York City offer employees, retirees, and their families the opportunity to continue group health and/or welfare fund coverage in certain instances where the coverage would otherwise terminate. General notice of COBRA rights is provided within 90 days of an employee’s enrollment in the health plan.

The monthly premium will be 102% of the group rate (or 150% of the group rate for the 19th through 29th months in cases of total disability). All group health benefits, including Optional Riders and PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund health benefits, are available. The maximum period of coverage is 18, 29, or 36 months, depending on the reason for continuation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Effective February 17, 2009, significant changes to COBRA are included in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The act provides a COBRA subsidy for taxpayers with adjusted gross income below a maximum threshold. Further details regarding this change will be distributed shortly.

Eligibility

Employees Not Eligible for Medicare: You are eligible for continuation of coverage under COBRA if your health and welfare fund coverage is terminated due to a reduction in hours of employment or termination of employment (for reasons other than gross misconduct). Termination of employment includes unpaid leave of absence of any kind.

Spouses/Domestic Partners Not Eligible for Medicare: Spouses/Domestic Partners of employees or retirees have the right to choose continuation of coverage if they lose coverage for any of the following reasons:

 

a. Death of the employee or retiree;

 

b. Termination of employee’s employment (for reasons other than gross misconduct);

 

c. Loss of health coverage due to a reduction in employee’s hours of employment;

 

d. Divorce from the employee or retiree;

 

e. Termination of domestic partnership with the employee or retiree; or

f. Retirement of employee.

Dependent Children Not Eligible for Medicare: Dependent children of employees or retirees have the right to continue coverage if coverage is lost for any of the following reasons:

 

a. Death of a covered parent (employee or retiree);

 

b. The termination of a covered parent’s employment (for reasons other than gross misconduct);

 

c. Loss of health coverage due to the covered parent’s reduction in hours of employment;

 

d. The dependent ceases to be a “dependent child” under the terms of NYCHBP; or

 

e. Retirement of the covered parent.

 

NOTE: Individuals covered under another group plan are not eligible for COBRA continuation of benefits unless the other group plan contains a pre-existing condition exclusion. However, these individuals may be able to purchase certain welfare fund benefits.

More details on COBRA are available in the NYCHBP Summary Program Description (SPD) or on the website www.nyc.gov/html/olr.

 

Periods of Continuation

Continuation of coverage for the former employee, family, or individual dependent as a result of termination of employment (for reasons other than gross misconduct), reduction of work schedule, or loss of welfare fund benefits due to retirement is available for a maximum period of 18 months. This period will be calculated from the date of loss of coverage.

If you are totally disabled on the date of termination of employment or reduction of hours, continuation of coverage for you and your eligible dependents may be extended from 18 to 29 months. The monthly premium for the 19th through 29th month will be 150% of the group rate. For you to qualify for 29 months of COBRA, Social Security must determine that you are totally disabled. If Social Security later determines that you are no longer totally disabled, COBRA may terminate before the end of the 29th month.

 

Continuation of coverage for your spouse/domestic partner or dependents as a result of your death, divorce, domestic partnership termination, or loss of coverage due to Medicare-eligibility, or loss of dependent child status, is available for a maximum of 36 months.

Continuation of coverage can never exceed 36 months in total, regardless of the number of events related to a loss in coverage. Coverage during the continuation period will terminate if the enrolled fails to make timely premium payments or becomes enrolled in another group health plan (unless the new plan contains a pre-existing condition exclusion).

 

 

Notification Responsibilities

Under the law, you or a family member have the responsibility of notifying the College Payroll Office, the College Human Resources Office and the applicable Welfare Fund within 60 days of death, divorce, domestic partnership termination, change of address, or of a child’s losing dependent status.

Family members must notify the NYCHBP and the applicable welfare fund within 60 days in case of the occurrence of any of the events mentioned above.

If you are totally disabled (as determined by Social Security) on the date of termination of employment or reduction of hours, you must notify your health plan of the disability. The notice must be provided within 60 days of Social Security’s determination and before the end of the 18-month continuation period. If Social Security subsequently determines that you are no longer disabled, you must also notify the health plan of this. This notice must be provided within 30 days from Social Security’s final determination.

When the Qualifying Event (such as death of participant, spouse or dependent, termination of employment, or reduction in hours) occurs, you or your family will receive a COBRA information packet from the College Human Resources Office describing continuation coverage options.

 

 

Election of COBRA Continuation (NYCHBP)

To elect COBRA, the eligible person must complete a “COBRA – Continuation of Coverage Application.” Employees and/or eligible family members can obtain application forms from the College Human Resources Office.

Eligible persons electing COBRA must do so within 60 days of the date on which they receive notification of their rights, and must pay the initial premium within 45 days of their election. Premium payments will be made on a monthly basis. Payments after the initial payment will have a 30-day grace period.

 

Election of COBRA Continuation (PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund)

You may elect to purchase the CORE benefits or CORE plus NON-CORE benefits. You cannot choose the NON-CORE benefits by themselves. The CORE benefits are GHI Extended Medical Benefit for GHI-CBP participants, Prescription Drug Coverage, Hearing Aid, and Appliance Riders for HIP participants.

 

Basic City health coverage must be continued to obtain the Supplement to GHI Extended Medical Benefit.

 

NON-CORE benefits are Dental and Optical.

 

Quarterly, semiannual or annual payments must be paid to the PSC-CUNY Welfare Fund by the first of the month. No invoices will be mailed; therefore it is the member’s responsibility to make payments when due. Nonpayment of premiums in a timely manner will result in termination of coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     



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