Following is a summary of benefits available for University of Lynchburg full-time faculty and staff. You can find additional details in the Employee Handbook of Personnel Policies and Procedures, the Faculty Handbook, or by contacting the University’s Human Resources Office or the Academic Affairs Office.
Medical Benefits Plan
The University of Lynchburg offers Anthem group health insurance. The employee and the University share in the premium, based upon annual salary, regardless of the level of coverage selected. Persons may elect to begin coverage on the first day of the month following or coinciding with the date of hire. Prescription drug and vision care services are included in the coverage. There are three insurance plans from which to choose. One plan includes a Health Reimbursement Account in which the University will contribute $700 for the employee and $1400 for employee plus one or employee plus family. One plan includes a Health Savings Account in which the University will contribute $700 for the employee and $1400 for employee plus one or employee plus family.
The University offers each employee and spouse the opportunity to participate in the Healthy Hornets Wellness Program. Blood work and biometrics are taken once a year at no charge to the employee (small charge for spouses of non-health insurance participants). Health insurance participants on the PPO 400 plan will realize a savings off their health insurance premiums of $25, $35, or $50 a month. HSA participants will have the annual amount of $300, $420 or $600 deposited into their HSA account.
Dental insurance is available to the employee, as well as to family members. There are two insurance plans from which to choose.
Vision insurance is also available to employees and family members.
Flexible Benefits Plan
The benefits offered in this plan allow payment to be made for uninsured health-related expenses and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
The University’s retirement plan is funded jointly by contributions from the University and the employee. The employee’s and the University’s contributions are directed to Multiple Employer Plan for Retirement. Contributions are vested immediately. With voluntary participation, plan contributions will be paid as a percent of base salary. If you elect to contribute to the plan, you must contribute 6% of your salary. The University will make a matching contribution of 9% of your salary to the plan. If you do not elect to contribute, the University will make a 3% contribution without requiring any contribution by you.
Supplemental Retirement Plan
Additional contributions above the basic plan (up to Internal Revenue Service limitations) may be invested by the employee in TIAA.
Group term life insurance is provided by the University at no cost to the employee and is effective the first day of the month following the month of employment. The coverage is an amount equal to 1 1/2 times annual salary, to a maximum amount of life insurance benefits of $300,000. Coverage reduces on a graduated scale after attainment of age 65.
Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
Accidental death and dismemberment benefits are provided by the University at no cost to the employee and are effective the first day of the month following the month of employment. The coverage is an amount equal to 1 1/2 times annual salary, to a maximum amount of accidental death and dismemberment insurance benefits of $300,000. Coverage reduces on a graduated scale after attainment of age 65.
The University provides, at no cost to the employee, a long-term total disability policy which provides payment, after six consecutive months of continuous total disability, of a monthly income benefit which is equal to 60% of the monthly wage base, not to exceed a benefit of $10,000, less benefits received from Social Security and Worker’s Compensation. In case of disability, a monthly premium waiver benefit equal to 15 percent of the base monthly salary will be credited to a TIAA retirement annuity.
Short-term sick leave is self-funded by the institution for personal illness. It is available according to the following schedule: first year, two weeks; second year, four weeks; each succeeding year, four additional weeks, up to a maximum of thirteen weeks; and then additional four week increments at three-fourths salary for another maximum period of thirteen weeks. Three days per year may be used for illness of family members. The University will provide up to twelve weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for certain family and medical reasons, in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993.
Staff employees are provided vacation benefits which are available during the first year of employment. Non-exempt positions are provided 10 – 20 days vacation, according to length of service. Exempt positions are provided 15 – 20 days vacation, according to length of service.
Staff employees are provided eleven paid holidays, which include Memorial Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following Thanksgiving, and seven days during the Christmas/New Years Season.
Staff employees are provided two paid personal days.
Up to eighteen credit hours (undergraduate or graduate) may be taken at University of Lynchburg on a tuition remission basis each year. Spouses/Domestic partners may take a full academic load, 17 credits per semester, for undergraduate or graduate study. Dependents may take up to one hundred and thirty-six undergraduate credit hours at University of Lynchburg.
An allowance for reimbursement of moving expenses is available to new full-time faculty and designated new full-time staff, as outlined in the Moving Expenses Policy.
Admission to Fine Arts Programs, Lectures, and Athletic Events
Free admission to all special events is provided for the employee and members of the immediate family. A discounted rate is charged for all theatrical productions.
The University pays the full cost of providing Worker’s Compensation insurance to cover injuries that might occur while working on behalf of the University.
The University pays the full cost of providing unemployment insurance.
Employee Assistance Program
The University provides services of the EAP to assist employees and their families for resolution of personal problems which may be interfering with work or home life.
Full-time faculty and staff may participate in the Central Virginia Federal Credit Union or the KEMBA Federal Credit Union. Payments to credit union accounts may be made through payroll deduction.
A discounted rate is charged to the employee and members of the immediate family for all meals in the University’s Dining Room. An additional discount is provided to employees who pay for their meals using their Lynchburg Express (declining balance) account.
A 10% discount is provided on all purchases (excluding textbooks) in the University of Lynchburg Bookstore.
Employees and their families are eligible to take advantage of all recreational programs offered on campus. This includes use of the Fitness Room, Outdoor Track and Tennis Courts.
Other Employment Accommodations
Payment of Earnings
Unless otherwise stated, full-time faculty and exempt staff are paid in 12 equal installments, with payment of earnings issued on the last working day of each month. The first installment for an academic year will be issued at the end of July, and the last installment will be issued at the end of June. Full-time non-exempt staff are paid on a bi-weekly frequency, based upon the total hours worked as reported on an attendance record.
This is a special service that will deposit your earnings directly into your checking and/or savings account(s). Each payday, your bank account(s) will be credited as of 9:00 a.m., and you will receive through Campus Mail a pay stub telling you how much money has been deposited and other important payroll information.
The University designates specific areas for faculty and staff parking. All employee vehicles must be registered with Security at the campus switchboard, and all operators of such vehicles are subject to campus traffic regulations. There is no charge for registration of vehicles.
All employees are required to have a University of Lynchburg Identification Card. This card is useful for general identification purposes, and is required to be used when checking out books in the University of Lynchburg Library, and for obtaining the employee discount in the Dining Hall or Bookstore. Identification cards for family members may also be obtained by filling out a form in Human Resources and is handled at the Campus Information Center.