Summary of Benefits

Benefit Eligibility

All regular (non-student), staff and faculty employees that are employed by the university at least .50 FTE (half-time) for a definite period of 4 1/2 months or a full semester of more than 4 months.

Group Insurance

Basic health, life, and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) are paid by the state for full-time benefits eligible employees, and a portion is paid for part-time benefits eligible employees. Medical, life, dental, and AD&D are available to the employees' dependents. In accordance with TX legislation, a 60 day health coverage waiting period applies to all employees; however, the University has elected to cover the 60 day insurance waiting period for all full-time faculty and staff.

Additional optional coverages include: Optional Term Life Insurance, Dependent and Health Care Reimbursement Accounts, Long and Short Term Disability, and Voluntary AD&D. Detailed information regarding the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program (GBP) is available on the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) website.

New Employee Guide to Benefits Plan Year 2014 (begins September 1, 2013, includes premium information)

IMPORTANT SUMMER INSURANCE ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENT
Employees appointed for less than 12 months are only eligible to continue in the group insurance as an active member and receive the applicable portion of state premium sharing contribution over the summer when all of the following apply:

  • enrolled in the GBP in an active duty status during the semester immediately preceding the summer
  • have not resigned, graduated (if graduate student), or been permanently terminated by Sam Houston State University
  • expect to continue employment in the Fall 

Employees should confer with their Department Head regarding official separation dates.

Summer insurance premiums (for June, July, and August) will be deducted in prepaid deposits.
Full-time faculty and staff appointed for the entire academic year are able to select between two different summer prepaid insurance deposit options. Pool faculty, graduate students, employees with single semester appointments, and part-time 9-month staff will have prepaid insurance deductions begin with their first paycheck (after health insurance eligibility begins).

Holidays

For staff employees, proportionate to FTE. Refer to the Holiday Schedule for approved days. Faculty follow the academic calendar.

Retirement Contribution

The employee contribution is tax sheltered. Rates are not guaranteed and subject to change by the legislature.
Teacher Retirement System -- 6.7% by employee; 6.8% by State of Texas
Optional Retirement Program -- 6.65% by employee; 6.6% by State of Texas
Supplemental Retirement Program -- Voluntary and available through tax sheltered payroll deduction

Sick Leave with Pay

Employees accrue 8 hours per month or proportionate to the FTE with unlimited accrual. A sick leave pool for catastrophic illness is provided subject to eligibility and limitations.

Social Security/ FICA and Medicare

Social Security/FICA - 6.2% by employee & 6.2% by employer on the first $117,000 of wages. Medicare - 1.45% by the employee with an additional 0.9% for employees earning in excess of $200,000 and 1.45% by the employer.

Vacation Leave with Pay (for Staff Employees)

Entitlement shall be earned in accordance with the following schedule based on full-time employment (proportionate to FTE):

Total State Employment
Hours Accrued Monthly
Max Hours Carried to Next Fiscal Year
0 but less than 2 years
8 (12.0 days/yr)
180
2 but less than 5 years
9 (13.5 days/yr)
244
5 but less than 10 years
10 (15.0 days/yr)
268
10 but less than 15 years
11 (16.5 days/yr)
292
15 but less than 20 years
13 (19.5 days/yr)
340
20 but less than 25 years
15 (22.5 days/yr)
388
25 but less than 30 years
17 (25.5 days/yr)
436
30 but less than 35 years
19 (28.5 days/yr)
484
35 years or more
21 (31.5 days/yr)
532

Vacation with pay may not be taken until the employee has been continuously employed with the state for six months, although credit will be accrued during that period.

Athletic Activities & Employee Wellness Facilities and Program

Recreational sports (weight room, aerobics, racquetball, track, volleyball, etc.) and all home sports games are available at no charge for SHSU students, and benefit eligible faculty and staff with a valid SHSU I.D.

Employee Wellness Program is a voluntary opportunity for regular full-time employees to utilize educational and recreational facilities made available to them on the Sam Houston State University campus (employee release time available with proper approval).

Automatic Check Deposit

Automatic paycheck deposit is currently available for faculty/staff. An enrollment form is required for this service. Paycheck stubs showing deductions and net pay are emailed to the employee on payday.

Hazardous Duty Pay (Law-Enforcement Personnel only)

Ten dollars ( $10 ) per month for each 12 month period of hazardous duty lifetime service credit.

ID Cards

The Bearkat OneCard is the official ID card for all faculty, staff, and students at Sam Houston State University. An active Bearkat OneCard is required for parking permits, Health and Kinesiology Center and sporting event access, and library usage just to name a few. Since the official Bearkat OneCard is mailed to Sam Houston patrons, temporary ID cards that are good for on-campus use are available for faculty members who have not yet received their official university ID card. All faculty members should contact the Bearkat OneCard office at 294-CARD or by e-mail at bearkatone@shsu.edu with questions regarding the card and how one can be obtained. All new faculty members should bring an official government-issued form of ID and their Human Resources ID Card Request Form with them to obtain their ID card. Contact : Kristy Vienne (4-2274, klv002@shsu.edu )

Longevity Pay- Full Time Staff Only

Calculated at the rate of $20 per month for each two years of lifetime service credit, up to a maximum of 42 years of service. Payable on the first payroll of each month.

0 - 24 months of service $0.00
25 - 48 months of service $20.00
49 - 72 months of service $40.00
73 - 96 months of service $60.00
97 - 120 months of service $80.00
121 - 144 months of service $100.00
145 - 168 months of service $120.00
169 - 192 months of service $140.00
193 - 216 months of service $160.00
217 - 240 months of service $180.00
241 - 264 months of service $200.00
265 - 288 months of service $220.00
289 - 312 months of service $240.00
313 - 336 months of service $260.00
337 - 360 months of service $280.00
361 - 384 months of service $300.00
385 - 408 months of service $320.00
409 - 432 months of service $340.00
433 - 456 months of service $360.00
457 - 480 months of service $380.00
481 - 504 months of service $400.00
505 + months of service $420.00

President's Employee Scholarship Program

This scholarship is for full-time (1.0 FTE) benefits eligible staff and faculty, through the rank of Professor, who desire to take one class or one class and a lab at SHSU (4 semester credit hours maximum).   The following selection criteria has been established:

  1. Applicants must have a minimum of one year full-time continuous employment at SHSU by the first class day and at the time application is made have earned at least 3 semester hours at SHSU with a minimum 2.0 GPA.
  2. Undergraduate students with a 2.5 GPA or greater will be given 1st priority.
  3. Graduate students with a 3.5 GPA or greater will be given 2nd priority.
  4. Employee's GPA, length of employment, and student classification level are primary consideration factors.

In addition to the President's Employee Scholarship Program, benefits eligible employees participating in the retirement program receive a waiver of fees (excluding tuition, designated tuition, course fees, and lab fees).

Workers' Compensation & Return-to-work Program


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