Full-Time Virginia Western employees may elect participation in the state's health care program in either COVA Care, COVA HealthAware or COVA HDHP. A supplement, TRICARE, is also available for eligible employees. Under the programs, health care coverage is provided by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and Aetna. Dental coverage is provided by Delta Dental of Virginia (or Aetna for COVA HealthAware participants). Dependent upon the plan in which you enroll, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and prescription plan is provided by Anthem or Aetna. The cost to employees varies depending on the health plan and type of membership selected (employee only, employee plus one, or family). These plans provide coverage with no waiting period requirement for pre-existing conditions. Newly eligible employees have 30 days from the date of hire to submit their enrollment form and required applicable dependent documentation. If your hire date is not the first working day of the month, coverage begins the first of the following month.
Full-Time employees who are automatically enrolled or select VRS as their retirement plan, receive short-term and long-term disability benefits under the Commonwealth's Virginia Sickness and Disability Program (VSDP), with the cost of the benefits being fully paid by the college. Effective July 1, 2010, new hires will have a one year waiting period to be eligible for benefits. After one year, benefits will be on a reduced schedule until five years of service has been met.
Short-term disability payments begin on the eighth calendar day and continue for up to 125 workdays, beginning at 100 percent income replacement and reducing to 80 percent and 60 percent of pre-disability income based on total months of full-time state service. Long-term disability benefits begin after the conclusion of the 7 calendar waiting period and 125 workdays of receipt of short-term disability benefits and may continue until age 65. Long-term disability benefits are paid at 60 percent of pre-disability income. If the disability/illness is deemed catastrophic, the employee may receive 100 percent or 80 percent income replacement and waiver of the 7 calendar day waiting period. The 2009 Appropriations Act created a new one year full time employment eligibility requirement for employees hired or rehired effective July 1, 2009 and thereafter.
Full-time employees newly hired between January 10 and July 09 will be credited with 64 hours of sick leave; if hired between July 10 and January 09, new employees are credited with 40 hours of sick leave. Thereafter, leave will be credited on January 10, based upon total months of state service. Employees with less than 60 months of state service receive 64 hours of sick leave, employees with 60 to 119 months of state service receive 72 hours, and, after 120 months of state service, employees receive 80 hours.
Sick Leave permits continuation of pay during absences caused by personal illness, injuries, preventive care and wellness physician visits of the employee. Sick leave may not be carried over from one calendar year to the next, and employees will not be paid for any unused Sick Leave upon separation from employment.
As defined by the state's policy on Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) eligible employees may use 33 percent of their available VSDP Sick Leave for an FMLA absence for an eligible family member.
In addition to sick leave, new full-time employees hired between January 10 and July 09 are credited with 32 hours of Family/Personal Leave; if hired between July 10 and January 09, new employees are credited with 16 hours of Family/Personal Leave. Thereafter, Family/Personal leave will be credited on January 10, based upon total months of state service. Employees with up to 119 months of state service receive 32 hours of Family/Personal Leave on January 10. After an employee has 120 months of state service, 40 hours of Family/Personal Leave will be credited each January 10. This leave may be used for absences due to personal and family reasons as well as for personal illnesses or injuries. Unused Family/Personal Leave may not be carried forward from one year to the next, and employees will not be paid for any unused leave upon separation from employment.
New full-time faculty members who select VRS as their retirement program and traditional leave must enroll in UNUM long-term disability insurance. Faculty participating in the ORP retirement plan, and current VRS faculty not covered by VSDP, may choose to purchase long-term disability (LTD) protection through UNUM. The plan is offered on a “guaranteed issue” basis to new faculty who enroll within 61 days after employment.
Faculty not covered and full-time classified employees grandfathered in traditional leave are eligible to purchase optional coverage during Open Enrollment. The coverage will be medically underwritten, and employees will be required to qualify based on information provided regarding their health history.
Participants have a choice of 25 percent, 40 percent, or 50 percent of coverage based on basic monthly earnings to a maximum of $5000 per month. LTD benefits are not reduced by the amount of other income replacement benefits received for the same disability. LTD benefits begin after 90 consecutive days of disability. The premiums are group rates, and participants are totally responsible for the cost of the premiums.
Long-term Care (LTC) is also referred to as nursing home care, home health aide, etc..
Full-time employees participating in the Virginia Sickness and Disability Program receive a free basic daily LTC benefit as part of the benefit package provided by the program.
An optional supplement is available to full-time faculty and classified staff at group rates through GenWorth. The plan is "guaranteed issue" to new employees enrolling within 60 days of employment. Coverage is also available for eligible family members; however, family members will be required to complete medical questionnaire forms and must be approved by GenWorth.
New full-time/12-month employees earn annual leave through systems related to their position.
Unused Annual Leave may be carried forward from one leave year (January 10 – January 09) to the next but only up to the maximum amounts allowed. Upon separation, employees will be paid for any unused annual leave up to the maximum allowable payment amount. Annual leave accrues at the end of the day on the 9th and 24th of the month, the end of each pay period. An employee must have worked or been on paid leave for the entire pay period to receive the annual leave accrual.
*Current employees with questions about their annual leave program should contact Human Resources.
The college president, administrative faculty and 12-month teaching faculty who elect not to participate in VRS as a retirement plan or VSDP will earn sick leave at the rate of 5 hours for each completed semi-monthly work period, a total of 120 hours per year. Sick leave may be used to cover absences resulting from personal illness or injury and medical appointments. There is no limit on the amount of sick leave that can be carried over from one year to another.
Employees may use up to 48 hours of accrued sick leave per leave year for illness or death of immediate family members. Immediate family members include parents, step-parents, spouse, children, step-children, siblings, and any relatives by blood or marriage living in the same household. As defined by the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), eligible employees may use 33 percent of their available Sick Leave for an FMLA absence for an eligible family member.
Sick leave accrues at the end of the day on the 9th and 24th of the month, the end of each pay period. An employee must have worked or been on paid leave for the entire pay period to receive the sick leave accrual.
Upon separation, employees with 5 or more years of continuous state service will be paid for 25 percent of their unused sick leave balance. The payment cannot exceed $5,000. Employees with less than 5 years of service do not receive payment for any part of their accrued sick leave.
This plan also applies to grandfathered full-time classified employees who opted not to elect VSDP.
Nine-month faculty members who elect not to participate in VRS as a retirement plan or VSDP earn leave in accordance with policy established by the Virginia Community College System (VCCS).
Upon separation, faculty with 5 or more years of continuous service with the VCCS will be paid for 25 percent of their unused sick leave balance. The payment cannot exceed $5,000. Employees with less than 5 years of service do not receive payment for any part of their accrued sick leave.
All full-time state employees receive 12 paid holidays each calendar year. A holiday falling on a Saturday will be observed on the preceding Friday, and one falling on Sunday will be observed on the following Monday.
For the exception of the holiday schedule for Campus Police, the college observes an alternate holiday schedule from some other state agencies. The alternate holiday schedule may vary, but includes an equal number of days as established by the college calendar.
In addition to the leave types mentioned above, the state has provisions for other types of leave for full-time, such as Civil and Work-Related Leave, School Assistance and Volunteer Service Leave, Military Leave, Workers' Compensation Leave, and Leave Without Pay (conditional and unconditional).
All employees (including student workers) are eligible for Family and Medical Leave in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 including leave rights relating to military service.
The Commonwealth's wellness program is called "CommonHealth". CommonHealth is available to all employees (except student workers) and their dependents age 18 or older living in the employee's home, and also to our retirees. CommonHealth promotes fitness, weight-loss, smoking cessation, nutrition and other wellness programs. Discounts are available for area fitness centers.
The college encourages the continued education of employees through partial reimbursement of tuition expenses and allowing for up to six credits per semester tuition free for credit hour courses taken at Virginia Western Community College. Either state or local funds may be allocated for tuition reimbursement pursuant to guidelines established by the state's Educational Assistance Policy and the Supplemental Educational Assistance and Continuous Learning Policy for Employees of Virginia Western Community College
Professional development may be achieved through Professional Development Grants, Chancellor's Faculty Fellowships, Chancellor's Faculty Professorships and Chancellor's Fellowships for Classified Staff.
Flexible Reimbursement Accounts allow full-time employees to set aside part of their pay each pay period on a pre-taxed basis for one or both of these accounts:
Most VWCC employees may purchase these plans through payroll deduction - the costs are borne entirely by the employee. Supplemental insurance programs are administered by a third-party administrator.
Virginia Western encourages full-time employees to participate in supplemental retirement savings plans. The state has implemented a cash-match program whereby the state will match a portion of full-time employee contributions to either a 403(b) tax sheltered annuity plan or a 457-Deferred Compensation Plan, but not both. The state's cash-match amount is determined through the annual Appropriates Act. The cash match is paid into a 401(a) account.
The Virginia College Savings Plan offers several programs that allow all employees to save for personal college expenses for their children, grandchildren or someone else. The plans offer ways to save for tuition, room and board, textbooks and other fees.
Various employee discounts are available and change frequently throughout the year. Please contact Human Resources for additional information.
At Virginia Western Community College, we recognize the challenges employees face in balancing a family and a career and are proud to provide employees with a Work/Life Balance Program.
You will enjoy your career in a supportive work environment and be given the opportunity to attend at work a monthly presentation on topics such as parenting, buying a home, reducing financial debt, estate planning, choosing assisted living, stress reduction and more.
Virginia Western's fitness center is currently under renovation as part of the new Student Activities Center. The fitness center houses top of the line commercial equipment including six Life Fitness treadmills, three Landis ellipticals, two upright bikes, 2 recumbent bikes, 1 multi-station gym, and 2 sets of hand weights. This facility is free for all registered students, faculty and staff. To help monitor usage ALL eligible students, faculty and staff who wish to use the facility will need to present a college issued Virginia Western ID and go through a free orientation on the equipment, policies, safety procedures and guidelines.
The college president, administrative faculty, 12-month and 9-month teaching faculty, whose services are required 40 hours a week in a combination of teaching and administrative duties, have two retirement plans from which to choose: The Virginia Retirement System (VRS) or the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). Full-time classified employees are automatically enrolled into VRS. Full-time campus police officers are automatically enrolled into VaLORS. Effective July 1, 2010, new hires or rehires that have had a refund from their VRS, VaLORS or ORP account will be placed into Plan 2. Effective January 1, 2013, non-vested Plan 1 members will be placed into Plan 2. Rehires that maintained their membership with VRS, VaLORS or ORP will be placed into Plan 1 of the following:
All health plans offered to participating full-time state employees and their dependents have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) - through Anthem if COVACare or COVA HDHP and through Aetna if COVA HealthAware. Included are up to four sessions at no charge for such services as mental health, alcohol or drug abuse assessment, child or elder care, grief counseling and legal or financial services. EAP counselors are available to assist employees with problems related to alcohol, drugs, family, health, legal, financial, housing, mental health, child care, elder care, grief, spousal/child/parent abuse, workplace, career planning, and retirement.
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