Employee Benefits

For questions about benefits, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 641-269-4818.

Questions may also be sent via email to hr[at]grinnell[dot]edu.

 

Benefits and Insurance for Staff Employees

Benefits Summary for Staff Employees

Benefits and Insurance Summary for Bargaining Unit Employees. 

Holidays, Admission, and Time Off

Holidays (Thirteen)

  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving Day
  • Day before Christmas Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Four floating holidays, coordinated with the Christmas holidays

Vacation

  • Hours are earned based upon the hours actually worked, excluding overtime 
  • Years of Service / Earned Vacation Days :: 1 through 6 years / 10 days (.0400 per hour), 7 through 14 years / 15 days (.0613 per hour), 15+ years / 20 days (.0834 per hour)
  • Eligibility begins on first day of work. Employee must complete six months of work prior to using any vacation time.
  • Vacation must be taken within 18 months from date posted or accrual will discontinue.

Sick Leave

  • Accumulated at the rate of one working day for each month of employment. 
  • Unused sick leave may be accumulated to a maximum of 2,080 hours (one year.)
  • Eligibility begins on first day of work.

Personal Time Off

  • Employee must have a balance of at least 72 hours of sick leave by July 1. 
  • May convert up to 24 hours of sick leave to personal time off.
  • Conversions occur annually on July 1 following first-year of employment anniversary.
  • Eligibility begins following one complete fiscal year of employment.

Admission to College Events

  • Free admission to most college events for employees and family 
  • Free use of the Physical Education Center

 

Discount, Educational, Relocation, Uniforms and Employee Assistance

College Bookstore Discount

  • 10% discount on most purchases

Educational Benefits

  • Tuition remission (100%) to Grinnell College for dependent children of employees; children must qualify for admission; employee must have been employed full-time by the college for two years. 
  • Special Student Status: Employee and spouse may take courses free at Grinnell College; limited to two courses per semester for spouse, one course per semester for employee; approval of registrar required; course must have space available.
  • Tuition Cash Grant of $2,000 per year (per child) while attending other accredited institution under eligibility requirements above.
  • Exchange program with Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM) and Great Lakes College Association (GLCA) schools; same eligibility rules as at Grinnell College.
    • Individuals should contact the attending institution to determine the actual amount of this benefit. 

ACM Schools                                   GLCA Schools

Beloit College                             Albion College

Coe College                              Antioch University

Colorado College                     Denison University

Cornell College                        Depauw University

Knox College                            Earlham College

Lake Forest College                 Hope College

Lawrence University                Kalamazoo College

Luther College                          Kenyon College

Macalester College                   Oberlin College

Monmouth College          Ohio Wesleyan University

Ripon College                          Wabash College     

                                          Willamette University

                                       The College of Wooster

                                          Wittenberg University

  

Uniforms

  • New employees will be issued five uniforms, if required. 
  • One new uniform will be issued per year thereafter.
  • Safety shoes will be provided to those who require them.

Employee and Family Resources (EFR) (Grinnell College's Employee Assistance Program)

  • Eligible first day of work. 
  • Employer provided benefit for employee and family members living in the home, and legal dependents who may live elsewhere. 
  • Up to five sessions per year, per separate issue, for assessment, short-term counseling and referrals to additional resources as needed.  Sessions are provided by licensed master's and doctorate level counselors at locations near your home or workplace.
  • Additional sessions may be covered by health insurance.
  • Legal and financial consultation.
  • Eldercare resources.
  • EAP web and telephone access available for supportive counseling, consultation or crisis response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Dental Insurance
  • Eligible the first of the month following first day of work, or coinciding with first day of work if on the first of the month. 
  • Dental insurance is provided through Delta Dental Plan of Iowa.
  • Preventive and Diagnostic Procedures carry no deductible and are paid at 100% of dental maximum payment limit.
  • Basic Procedures and Major Procedures carry a combined $50 annual deductible and pay 80% and 50% copay, respectively, of the dental maximum payment limit.
  • Maximum benefit per person of $1,500/yr. on Preventive and Diagnostic, Basic, and Major Procedures combined.
  • Orthodontia carries a $50 annual deductible and pays a 50% copay, up to $1,500 per dependent child, per lifetime.
  • Choice of three coverage options, which include Employee, Employee + one, and Employee + two or more. Premium cost to the employee is 10% for individual coverage and 20% for employee + dependent(s). Premiums are withheld on a pretax basis upon employee's authorization.
  • Employee may decline coverage and receive flex credits in the amount of one half of the College's contribution for the individual plan.

Visit Delta Dental Online.

 

Health Insurance
  • Eligible the first of the month following first day of work, or coinciding with first day of work if on the first of the month. 
  • Alliance Select health insurance is provided through Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield.
  • Deductibles range from $250 per person to $750 when three or more persons are covered. Deductibles do not apply to PPO office visits. There is a 20% co-pay on PPO visits and 30% co-pay on non-preferred provider visits.
  • Out-of-pocket maximums range from $1,000 per person to $2,300 when three or more persons are covered.
  • Covers one routine physical exam per year, well-child care through age 6, mammograms, and prenatal care.
  • Blue RX insurance covers prescriptions at the greater of $10 or 10% for generics and $20 or 20% for name brands. Out-of-pocket maximums are $1,000 per person to $2,000 when two or more persons covered. Includes coverage for birth control and prenatal vitamins.
  • Choice of four coverage options, which include Employee, Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner, Employee + Child(ren), and Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner and Child(ren). Premium cost to the employee is 10% for individual coverage and 20% for employee + dependent(s). Premiums are withheld on a pretax basis upon employee's authorization.
  • Employee may decline coverage and receive flex credits in the amount of one half of the College's contribution for the individual plan.

Visit Wellmark Blue Cross/Blue Shield Online.

 

Life Insurance

Life and Accidental Death/Dismemberment Insurance

  • Eligible the first of the month following first day of work, or coinciding with first day of work if on the first of the month.
  • Life and AD&D insurance is provided through The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • This benefit is calculated at 1.5 times employee's annual salary, rounded up to the nearest thousand, with a minimum benefit of $20,000. Insurance exceeding $50,000 is taxable.
  • Double indemnity for accidental death, 50% for loss of a scheduled member (hand, foot, eye), 100% for loss of two or more scheduled members.
  • Provided at no cost to the employee.

 

Long Term Disability
  • Eligibility is upon completion of one year of employment or on the first of the month following date of hire if enrolled in a disability plan immediately prior to coming to Grinnell College. 
  • LTD insurance is provided through The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
  • Pays at the rate of 66-2/3% of insured monthly salary.
  • College continues health and dental insurance. Contribution to retirement plan also continues.
  • Provided at no cost to the employee.

 

Retirement

Retirement Plan

• Eligible after one year of employment or the first plan entry date if previously fully vested in an employer sponsored retirement plan 
• Written verification from previous employer required 
• Administered by TIAA-CREF 
• College contributes 10 percent of annual actual salary 
• Must work 1,000 hours per calendar year 
• Employee directs investment of college contribution 
• Employee is eligible to participate in voluntary tax sheltered supplemental retirement annuity (SRA) upon hire

 

Travel Accident

Travel/Accident Insurance

  • Eligible first day of work. 
  • Provides $100,000 coverage for employee while traveling on college business.
  • Provided at no cost to the employee.
  • Personal accident insurance may be extended to 24-hour coverage at employee's expense.

 

Benefits and Insurance for Faculty Members

Benefits Summary for Faculty

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