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Benefit Package for Faculty Employees

Benefits are fully paid for full-time faculty; part-time faculty pay pro-rated share of *. (See the Agreement between Lake Superior State University and Lake Superior State University Faculty Association, MEA-NEA.)

  1. Retirement Program: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) - transferable to other states. Twelve percent (12%) of salary contributed by LSSU. Also Available: Supplemental Retirement Annuity (SRA) - by salary reduction.
  2. Health/Hospitalization Insurance, 14% premium co-share contribution. * $10 generic; $20 co-pay brand name Prescription Drug Rider, and Preferred Drug Program with mail order option.  $250/$500 in-network deductible  $500/$1,000 out-of-network deductible.
  3. Dental Insurance: no co-pay for Class I services, 80%/20% co-pay for Class II services, 50% co-pay for Class III services, $1,000 annual maximum per member for Class I, II and III services.  50% co-pay for Class IV - orthodontics, $1,500 lifetime maximum. * Employee is responsible for 14% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  4. Vision Care Insurance: $5 co-pay for eye exam, $7.50 co-pay for frames and lenses, non-medically necessary contact lenses are covered up to a maximum of $35, during a 12 month period. Coverage is through Heritage Total Services, an independent company providing vision benefit servicces for BCBS members.* Employee is responsible for 14% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  5. Life Insurance: $50,000 plus $50,000 A. D. & D.* (Eligible on the first of the month following 30 days of employment.)
  6. Long Term Disability Insurance: Six (6) months eligibility, 70% of salary, to maximum monthly salary of $4,000. (Eligible on the first of the month following 30 days of employment.)
  7. Sick leave: Ten (10) days per year (12-month faculty appointments accrue thirteen (13) days per year); accrued at four (4.0) hours per pay period (maximum accrual: 1,200 hours or 150 days); available to use after thirty (30) days employment.
  8. Vacation: available only to 12-month faculty appointments; accrual is 24 days per year; maximum accrual is 288 hours or 36 days; accrual balance paid on termination.
  9. Funeral Leave: Up to five (5) days paid leave for immediate family; three (3) days chargeable to sick leave for other relatives (see the Agreement between Lake Superior State University and Lake Superior State University Faculty Association, MEA-NEA).
  10. Holidays and Term Breaks: During academic year.
  11. Personal Leave: Maximum of four (4) days per year, if classes are covered, for personal emergencies (not applicable to 12-month faculty appointments).
  12. Bookstore Discount: Fifteen percent (15%) on non-sale/non-food items. For personal use only; requires I.D. card. Applies to full-time faculty only.
  13. Free admission to University-sponsored athletic and cultural events, half price for dependents; requires I.D. card.
  14. Free basic membership to Norris Center athletic facilities and Student Activities Center.
  15. Participation in the University’s Wellness Program, which includes a health appraisal and physical assessment for a nominal fee, and release time for the worksite wellness program.
  16. A Section 125 plan is available for Medical Reimbursement ($2,500 maximum) and Child Care Expenses ($5,000 maximum). Plan year is from November 1 to October 31.
  17. Tuition Grant: Tuition cost and some fees waived for courses taken for credit.
  18. Dependent Tuition Grant: Fifty percent (50%) reduction of tuition and enrollment fees for the semester for courses taken toward a baccalaureate degree. Employee's spouse and children or step-children under the age of twenty-five (25) will be considered eligible regardless of whether they meet the IRS definition of dependency. (See Agreement.)
Also Social Security, Worker's Compensation Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, travel and business insurance, and free parking on campus.


Benefit Package for Support Staff Employees
For members of the Support Staff - Clerical, Food Service, Maintenance and Public Safety- hourly, non-exempt positions. Most benefits are fully paid for full-time employees, 27 or more hours per week. (See the Agreement between Lake Superior State University and Lake Superior State University Educational Support Personnel, MEA-NEA.)
  1. Retirement Program: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) - transferable to other states. Ten percent (10%) of salary contributed by LSSU beginning with the first pay period immediately following the one year anniversary date of initial hire. Also Available: Supplemental Retirement Annuity (SRA) - by salary reduction.
  2. Health/Hospitalization Insurance through Community Blue/Preferred PPO. $5 co-pay for generic prescription drugs, $25 co-pay for preferred brand name prescription drugs; $50 co-pay for non-preferred brand name prescription drugs and Preferred Drug Program with mail order option. $500/$1000 in-network deductible, $1000/$2000 out-of-network deductible. Employee is responsible for 5.52% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  3. Dental Insurance: 70%/30% co-pay; $1,000 annual maximum per member for Class I, II and III services. 50% co-pay for Class IV - orthodontics, $1,500 lifetime maximum. Employee is responsible for 5.52% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  4. Vision Care Insurance: $5 co-pay for eye exam, $7.50 co-pay for frames and lenses, non-medically necessary contact lenses are covered up to a maximum of $35, during a 12 month period. Coverage is through Heritage Total Services, an independent company providing vision benefit services for BCBS members. Employee is responsible for 5.52% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  5. Life Insurance: $50,000 plus $50,000 A. D. & D. (Eligible on the first of the month following 90 days of employment.)
  6. Long Term Disability Insurance: Six (6) months eligibility, 70% of salary, to maximum monthly salary of $4,000. (Eligible on the first of the month following 90 days of employment.)
  7. Sick leave: Thirteen (13) days per year; accrued at four (4.0) hours per pay period (maximum accrual: 1,200 hours or 150 days); pro-rated to hours paid; available to use after thirty (30) days employment.
  8. Vacation: Accrued bi-weekly, pro-rated to hours paid, on the following schedule; available to use after six (6) calendar months of employment:
    • 1st year 3.7 hours per pay = 12 days per year
    • 2nd year through 7th year 4.6 hours per pay = 15 days per year
    • 8th year through 14th year 5.6 hours per pay = 18 days per year
    • 15th & subsequent years 7.4 hours per pay = 24 days per year
    • Maximum accrual: 288 hours = 36 days; accrual balance paid on termination.
  9. Funeral Leave: Up to five (5) days paid leave for immediate family; three (3) days chargeable to sick leave for other relatives (see Agreement).
  10. Holidays: Ten (10) per year; six (6) legal and four (4) President's option; pro-rated to hours paid.
  11. Bookstore Discount: Fifteen percent (15%) on non-sale/non-food items. For personal use only; requires I.D. card.
  12. Free admission to University-sponsored athletic and cultural events, half price for dependents; requires I.D. card.
  13. Free basic membership to Norris Center athletic facilities and Student Activities Center.
  14. Participation in the University’s Wellness Program, which includes a health appraisal and physical assessment for a nominal fee, and release time for the worksite wellness program.
  15. A Section 125 plan is available for Medical Reimbursement ($2,500 maximum) and Child Care Expenses ($5,000 maximum). Plan year is from November 1 to October 31.
  16. Tuition Waiver: Tuition cost and enrollment fees waived for courses taken for credit.
  17. Dependent Tuition Waiver: A tuition discount of up to 50% of their tuition and up to 50% of their enrolment fees. Employee's spouse and children or step-children under the age of twenty-five (25) will be considered eligible regardless of whether they meet the IRS definition of dependency. (See Agreement.)
  18. Longevity: Eligible for longevity after five (5) years of continuous, full-time service; annual bonus payment according to schedule in contract (see Agreement).
  19. Overtime: Overtime pay for hours worked over forty (40) per week or eight (8) per day.
  20. Shift Differential: (see Agreement).
Also Social Security, Worker's Compensation Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, travel and business insurance, and free parking on campus.


Benefit Package for A/P (Exempt) Employees
Fully paid for exempt, full-time administrative/professional positions.
  1. Retirement Program: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) - transferable to other states. Twelve percent (12%) of salary contributed by LSSU. Employees hired after January 1, 2010 will have ten percent (10%) of salary contributed by LSSU. Also Available: Supplemental Retirement Annuity (SRA) - by salary reduction.
  2. Health/Hospitalization Insurance through Community Blue/Preferred PPO; Prescription Drug Rider: $10 co-pay for generic prescription drugs, $20 co-pay for preferred brand name prescription drugs, $40 co-pay for non-preferred brand name prescription drugs and Preferred Drug Program with mail order option. $500/$1000 in-network deductible, $1000/$2000 out-of-network deductible. Employee is responsible for 15.42% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  3. Dental Insurance: no co-pay for Class I services, 80%/20% co-pay for Class II services, 50% co-pay for Class III services, $1,000 annual maximum per member for Class I, II and III services.  50% co-pay for Class IV - orthodontics, $1,500 lifetime maximum. Employee is responsible for 15.42% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  4. Vision Care Insurance: $5 co-pay for eye exam, $7.50 co-pay for frames and lenses, non-medically necessary contact lenses are covered up to a maximum of $35, during a 12 month period.  Coverage is through Heritage Total Services, an independent company providing vision benefit services for BCBS members. Employee is responsible for 15.42% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  5. Life Insurance: $50,000 plus $50,000 A. D. & D. (Eligible on the first of the month following 30 days of employment)
  6. Long Term Disability Insurance: Six (6) months eligibility, 70% of salary, to maximum monthly salary of $4,000. (Eligible on the first of the month following 30 days of employment)
  7. Funeral Leave: Up to five (5) days paid leave for immediate family; three (3) days chargeable to sick leave for other relatives (see Procedures Manual).
  8. Holidays: Ten (10) per year; six (6) legal and four (4) President's option.
  9. Sick leave: Thirteen (13) days per year; accrued at four (4.0) hours per pay period (maximum accrual: 1,200 hours or 150 days); available to use after thirty (30) days employment. (9-month and 10-month appointments accrue sick leave during months of appointment only.)
  10. Vacation Accrual Schedule for 12-month Appointments (9-month and 10-month appointments accrue vacation during months of appointment only; those with term breaks off DO NOT accrue vacation). Available for use after two (2) weeks of employment.
    • 1st through 5th year 6.5 hours per pay = 21 days per year
    • 6th & subsequent years 7.4 hours per pay = 24 days per year
    • Maximum accrual: 288 hours = 36 days; accrual balance paid on termination, except for coaches hired after July 1, 2002
  11. Bookstore Discount: Fifteen percent (15%) on non-sale/non-food items. For personal use only; requires I.D. card.
  12. Free admission to University-sponsored athletic and cultural events, half price for dependents; requires I.D. card.
  13. Free basic membership to Norris Center athletic facilities and Student Activities Center.
  14. Participation in the University’s Wellness Program, which includes a health appraisal and physical assessment for a nominal fee, and release time for the worksite wellness program.
  15. A Section 125 plan is available for Medical Reimbursement ($2,500 maximum) and Child Care Expenses ($5,000 maximum). Plan year is from November 1 to October 31.
  16. Tuition Waiver: All regular (not temporary) full time, non-union staff members will have tuition costs and enrollment fees waived for courses carrying University credit for which they have enrolled and been admitted by the Registrar. Staff members will be responsible for payment of all other fees.
  17. Dependent Tuition Waiver: Dependents of employees who are regular (not temporary) and fulltime, meeting the IRS definition of dependency, except as noted under Eligibility below, shall receive a tuition discount of up to 50% of their tuition and up to 50% of their enrollment fees. There are no other discounts. Dependents will be required to pay 100% of all other fees (course fees, etc.) for courses in which they are enrolled carrying University credit applicable towards a certificate, associate or baccalaureate degree. Dependents working on Master's degrees are excluded from receiving discounts. In order to receive a discount on a continuing basis, eligible employee status by the employee and Satisfactory Academic Progress by the dependent must be maintained. Eligibility: Spouses of eligible employees and unmarried children or step-children under the age of twenty-five (25) will be considered eligible regardless of whether they meet the IRS definition of dependency. For all other dependents, the prior year's federal tax declaration form (1040) or a birth certificate will be required as documentation. (See Procedures Manual)
Also Social Security, Worker's Compensation Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, travel and business insurance, and free parking on campus.


Benefit Package for A/P (Non-Exempt) Employees
Most benefits are fully paid for non-exempt, non-union positions, working 27 or more hours per week for 12 months or who have a calculated FTE of .675 or greater*.
  1. Retirement Program: Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association, College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) - transferable to other states. Ten percent (10%) of salary contributed by LSSU, mandatory two percent (2%) contribution by employee. Also Available: Supplemental Retirement Annuity (SRA) - by salary reduction.
  2. Health/Hospitalization Insurance through Community Blue/Preferred PPO. Prescription Drug Rider: $10 co-pay for generic prescription drugs, $20 co-pay for preferred brand name prescription drugs, $40 co-pay for non-preferred brand name prescription drugs and Preferred Drug Program with mail order option. $500/$1000 in-network deductible, $1000/$2000 out-of-network deductible. Employee is responsible for 15.42% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  3. Dental Insurance: no co-pay for Class I services, 80%/20% co-pay for Class II services, 50% co-pay for Class III services, $1,000 annual maximum per member for Class I, II and III services.  50% co-pay for Class IV - orthodontics, $1,500 lifetime maximum. Employee is responsible for 15.42% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  4. Vision Care Insurance: $5 co-pay for eye exam, $7.50 co-pay for frames and lenses, non-medically necessary contact lenses are covered up to a maximum of $35, during a 12 month period. Coverage is through Heritage Total Services, an independent company providing vision benefit services for BCBS members. Employee is responsible for 15.42% of the monthly premium deducted bi-monthly.
  5. Life Insurance: $50,000 plus $50,000 A. D. & D. (Eligible on the first of the month following 90 days of employment)
  6. Long Term Disability Insurance: Six (6) months eligibility, 70% of salary, to maximum monthly salary of $4,000. (Eligible on the first of the month following 90 days of employment)
  7. Holidays: Ten (10) per year; six (6) legal and four (4) President's option; pro-rated to hours paid.
  8. Vacation: Accrued bi-weekly on the following schedule; pro-rated to hours paid; available for use after six months of employment (for those hired on or after 05-28-89).
    • 1st year 3.7 hours per pay = 12 days per year
    • 2nd through 7th year 4.6 hours per pay = 15 days per year
    • 8th through 14th year 5.6 hours per pay = 18 days per year
    • 15th & subsequent years 7.4 hours per pay = 24 days per year
    • Maximum accrual: 288 hours = 36 days; accrual balance paid on termination
  9. Sick leave: Thirteen (13) days per year; accrued at four (4.0) hours per pay period (maximum accrual: 1,200 hours or 150 days); pro-rated to hours paid; available to use after thirty (30) days employment.
  10. Funeral Leave: Up to five (5) days paid leave for immediate family; three (3) days chargeable to sick leave for other relatives (see Procedures Manual).
  11. Bookstore Discount: Fifteen percent (15%) on non-sale/non-food items. For personal use only; requires I.D. card.
  12. Free admission to University-sponsored athletic and cultural events, half price for dependents; requires I.D. card.
  13. Free basic membership to Norris Center athletic facilities and Student Activites Center.
  14. Participation in the University’s Wellness Program, which includes a health appraisal and physical assessment for a nominal fee, and release time for the worksite wellness program if approved by supervisor.
  15. A Section 125 plan is available for Medical Reimbursement ($2,500 maximum) and Child Care Expenses ($5,000 maximum). Plan year is from November 1 to October 31.
  16. Tuition Waiver: All regular (not temporary) full time, non-union staff members will have tuition costs and enrollment fees waived for courses carrying University credit for which they have enrolled and been admitted by the Registrar. Staff members will be responsible for payment of all other fees.
  17. Dependent Tuition Waiver: Dependent Tuition Waiver: Dependents of employees who are regular (not temporary) and fulltime, meeting the IRS definition of dependency, except as noted under Eligibility below, shall receive a tuition discount of up to 50% of their tuition and up to 50% of their enrollment fees. There are no other discounts. Dependents will be required to pay 100% of all other fees (course fees, etc.) for courses in which they are enrolled carrying University credit applicable towards a certificate, associate or baccalaureate degree. Dependents working on Master's degrees are excluded from receiving discounts. In order to receive a discount on a continuing basis, eligible employee status by the employee and Satisfactory Academic Progress by the dependent must be maintained. Eligibility: Spouses of eligible employees and unmarried children or step-children under the age of twenty-five (25) will be considered eligible regardless of whether they meet the IRS definition of dependency. For all other dependents, the prior year's federal tax declaration form (1040) or a birth certificate will be required as documentation. (See Procedures Manual)
  18. Overtime: Overtime pay for hours worked over forty (40) per week.

Also Social Security, Worker's Compensation Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, travel and business insurance, free parking on campus, and uniforms provided where required.

*Regular positions less than 27 hours per week and/or with a calculated FTE of less than .675 receive: Retirement, Social Security, Worker's Compensation Insurance, Unemployment Insurance, free parking on campus, pro-rated holiday pay, sick leave and vacation accrual on the same schedule noted above, bookstore discount, admission to events, and membership to athletic facilities.

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