What is the effective date for medical benefits?

To whom do I return the completed benefit forms?
I am a part-time employee. What benefits am I eligible for?
When am I eligible for paid time-off?
When do I become eligible for undergraduate tuition waiver benefits?
How many undergraduate credits are waived per calendar year?
When do I become eligible to contribute to the retirement fund - TIAA-CREF?
What is the maximum annual amount that I can contribute towards TIAA-CREF?
What forms do I need to complete to begin the TIAA-CREF reduction?
Whom do I notify when my address changes?
How do I obtain username/email account, employee ID and telephone authorization code?



Q. What is the effective date for medical benefits?

A. Medical benefits are effective the first day of the month after 30 days of employment.
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Q. To whom do I return the completed benefit forms?
A. Completed benefits forms should be returned to the Office of Human Resources before the coverage effective date.
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Q. I am a part-time employee. What benefits am I eligible for?
A. Part-time employees are eligible to contribute to the GSRA Tax Deferred Annuity funded through TIAA CREF and partial tuition waivers (see employee Employee Handbook for details).
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Q. When am I eligible for paid time-off?
A. Full-time non-academic employees are allocated annual vacation, sick and personal time based on the University's fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).   The first year's allocation will be prorated based on service time.  Thereafter, the annual allocation is based on years of service and/or employee category (see Employee Handbook for details).  The staff employee is not allowed to use vacation days or personal days until successful completion of their three month introductory probation.  All vacation and personal time allocations must be used by the end of the fiscal year (June 30).
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Q. When do I become eligible for undergraduate tuition waiver benefits?
A. Full-time employees are eligible for tuition waiver the first term (semester or summer session) after date of hire. Part-time employees are eligible for tuition waiver the first term (semester or summer session) after five (5) years from date of hire.
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Q. How many undergraduate credits are waived per calendar year?

A. A maximum of fifteen (15) credits per calendar year, not to exceed two regular courses in any one semester or term.
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Q. When do I become eligible to contribute to the retirement fund – TIAA-CREF?
A. There are two types of eligibility: 1) Group Supplemental Retirement Account/Tax-Deferred Annuity (GSRA/TDA) – employees are immediately eligible unless they are primarily a student 2) Defined Contribution Retirement Account (DCRA) – employees become eligible after meeting the age and service requirement, unless they fall into an excluded ineligible category (see Summary Plan Description for details). The one year waiting period is waived for the DCRA plan if the employee is at least age 25 and has ownership of an existing retirement account sponsored by a prior employer issued in accordance with code sections 403(b) or 401(k).  Both plans are voluntary and immediately vested.
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Q. What is the maximum annual amount that I can contribute towards TIAA-CREF?
A. For most people, the 2010 maximum annual contribution allowed in the GSRA/TDA and DCRA combined is $16,500 for those under age 50 and $22,000 for those age 50 and older. Under certain circumstances a greater amount may be tax-deferred.
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Q. What forms do I need to complete to begin the TIAA-CREF reduction?
A. The forms that require completion are the TIAA-CREF enrollment application form and the agreement for salary reduction form.  Contact Human Resources for enrollment instructions.
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Q. Whom do I notify when my address changes?
A. All address changes must be communicated to the Office of Human Resources.
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Q. How do I obtain username/email account, employee ID and telephone authorization code?
A. Once the employee's Banner ID is generated, the department requests the employee's username/email account from the Office of Human Resources. Once the username/email account is created, the employee 1) reports to the Help Desk for final activation and user password, 2) may obtain the employee ID at the Student Service Center - Engineering Building E109. The Department must request the employee's long distance authorization code from the Office of Human Resources.
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Questions? Email benefits@ltu.edu


Limitations
Lawrence Tech in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents. Although the university has elected to provide these benefits this year, no individual has a vested right to any of the benefits provided. Nothing in these materials gives any individual the right to continued benefits beyond the time the university modifies, amends, or terminates the benefit. Anyone seeking or accepting any of the benefits provided will be deemed to have accepted the terms of the benefits programs and the university's right to modify, amend or terminate them.

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the benefits information in this site. However, if any provision on the benefits plans is unclear or ambiguous, the Office of Human Resources reserves the right to interpret the plan and resolve the problem. If any inconsistency exists between this site and the written plans or contracts, the actual provisions of each benefit plan will govern. Lawrence Tech in its sole discretion may modify, amend, or terminate the benefits provided with respect to any individual receiving benefits, including active employees, retirees, and their dependents.