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Employee Benefits
Benefits Summary
(updated 4/1/2014)

This information is intended to summarize the benefits offered to unclassified and classified PSU employees appointed to benefits-eligible positions at Pittsburg State University. Benefits for employees appointed to positions of less than 100% may be pro-rated. For additional information on each benefit, click on the link in this summary or contact HRS, 204 Russ Hall, Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620)235-4191.

Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate. It is not intended to replace the legal source (i.e. plan document, contract, memorandum of agreement, statute or regulation). In case of any discrepancy between this information and the legal source, the legal source will govern in all cases. Employees may review the legal source upon request. Although intended to be on-going, these benefits may be suspended, revoked or modified by the State of Kansas, the Kansas Board of Regents or Pittsburg State University at any time. Nothing in this information shall be construed as a contract of employment between the State of Kansas and any employee, nor as a guarantee of any employee to be continued in the employment of the State.

Health Insurance (effective January 1, 2012)
Coverage provided by Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry/PHS and United Healthcare. The following describes the health plans available to PSU employees:

  • Plan A - a fully insured open access Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) offered through Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry/PHSor United Healthcare.

    See Summary Comparison of Medical Plans benefit design below.
  • Plan B - a fully insured open access Preferred Provider Organization (PPO) through Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry/ PHS or United Healthcare.

    See Summary Comparison of Medical Plans benefit design below.
  • Plan C - a high deductible plan with health savings account offered through Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry/PHS or United Healthcare.  

    See Summary Comparison of Medical Plans benefit design below.

    Summary Comparison of Medical Plans

    When Eligible: 1st day of the month following 30 days of employment.
    Who Pays: University contributes a portion of the cost of full-time employee health coverage minus the employee's monthly salary range contribution. University and employee both contribute for dependent health coverage. Employee contributions can be deducted "before tax" or "after tax."

Dental Insurance - Delta Dental Plan of Kansas
Plan pays 100% for diagnostic, ancillary and preventative services; 50 - 60% for other covered services to a maximum of $1700 per individual per plan year. Certain covered services provided by a DeltaPreferred PPO Network dentist may be covered at a higher percentage.

When Eligible: 1st day of the month following 30 days of employment (must be enrolled in the group health insurance).

Who Pays: See Health Insurance above

Prescription Drug Program - Caremark, Inc.
Employee pays 20% of prescription cost for generic medications; 35% of the cost for formulary brand medications; 60% of the cost for non-formulary brand medications; or $75 for special class medications. 

When Eligible: 1st day of the month following 30 days of employment (must be enrolled in either Plan A or Plan B health insurance plan). This benefit is not included if you have Plan C. 

Who Pays: See Health Insurance above.

Flexible Benefits Program - KanElect
Employee pays for dependent care expenses and medical and dental care expenses not reimbursed by insurance with pre- tax dollars. Employees must sign up for the flexible spending accounts every year during open enrollment.

When Eligible: 1st day of the month following 30 days of employment.

Who Pays: Employee.

Vision Service Plan
Employees may enroll themselves and any eligible dependents in the Basic or Enhanced Vision Service Plan--whether or not the employee or dependents are enrolled in State of Kansas medical coverage. The plan is designed to provide regular comprehensive eye examinations and benefits toward vision care expenses including glasses or contact lenses.

When Eligible: 1st day of the month following 30 days of employment.

Who Pays: Employee.

Life Insurance (Employer-Provided Life Insurance)

Life Insurance (Employee-Paid Optional Group Life Insurance)

Employee may purchase from $5,000 to $250,000 in additional life insurance coverage.

When Eligible: May enroll at any time; however, guarantee issue of $50,000 within 1st 30-days of employment without providing proof of good health

Who Pays: Employee pays premium based on age of employee and amount of insurance purchased.

Accidental Death Benefit

Disability Insurance - Long Term

Long Term Care Insurance

Employees and eligible family members may purchase group long term care insurance from Genworth Life Insurance Company.

When Eligible: May apply at any time; however, newly hired employees under age 66 have 31 days after they become benefits eligible to apply for coverage without medical underwriting.  Employees 80 or older must satisfy full underwriting requirements.  Spouses of eligible employees under age 66 have 31 days to apply with streamlined requirements.  Spouses between 66 and 79 must satisfy full underwriting. 

Who Pays: Employee pays premium directly to the company by direct bill or electronic fund transfer.

Vacation Leave

  • Classified Employees: Full-time classified employees earn 3.7 hours per pay period. Accrual at higher rate after 5 and 10 years.
  • Unclassified Employees: Full-time, 12 month employees earn 8 hours per pay period (16 hours maximum per month; 176 hours maximum per fiscal year). 9 month employees do not earn vacation.
    When Eligible: Accrual starts on 1st day of employment.
    Who Pays: University

Holidays

Paid holidays designated by the Governor. Governor may also designate one discretionary holiday.

When Eligible: 1st day of employment. May use Governor's discretionary holiday after 6 months of employment.

Who Pays: University

Sick Leave

Full-time employees earn 3.7 hours per pay period. May be used for personal illness or for illness of family member.

When Eligible: Accrual starts on 1st day of employment.

Who Pays:University

Shared Leave

  • State of Kansas Shared Leave Program for Classified & Unclassified Employees NOT in the KNEA Unit: Qualifying employees may receive donations of leave when they experience a serious, extreme or life threatening injury, impairment or physical or mental condition, either personally or by a family member. Family member is limited to persons related to the employee by blood, marriage or adoption; and minors residing in the employee's residence as a result of court proceedings pursuant to the Kansas code for care of children or the Kansas juvenile offenders code. Employee must use accumulated balances of leave, including vacation and sick leave and compensatory time earned, before requesting donations.
  • Unclassified Employees in the KNEA Unit: Qualifying employees may receive donations from a sick leave pool when they experience an incapacitating illness or injury, either personally or by a family member. Employee must use accumulated sick leave balance, be on leave without pay for 10 working days and have donated at least one day of sick leave to the pool during the current academic year to request donations. Family member is limited to persons related to the employee by blood, marriage or adoption; and minors residing in the employee's residence as a result of court proceedings pursuant to the Kansas code for care of children or the Kansas juvenile offenders code.
    When Eligible: After 6 months of continuous service for the State of Kansas program and 1st day of employment for members in the KNEA Unit.
    Who Pays: University

Funeral Leave

Employee granted up to six (6) days funeral leave under certain circumstances.

When Eligible: 1st day of employment.

Who Pays: University

Jury Duty Leave

Paid leave for required jury duty before court or other approved body. 

When Eligible: Upon approval of University.

Who Pays:University

Military Leave

Up to 15 days paid each 12-month period beginning October 1 and ending September 30 of the following year for active duty. Other military leave also available without pay.

When Eligible: Upon approval of University.

Who Pays: University

Leave Without Pay

Time off with administrative approval for special circumstances, including pregnancy.

When Eligible: Upon approval of University.

Who Pays: N/A

Family & Medical Leave (FMLA Leave)

Up to 12 weeks of leave for certain family and medical reasons. Leave may be "with pay" (with accrued vacation or sick leave) or "without pay."

When Eligible:After 12 months of service.

Who Pays: University (if leave with pay).

Job Injury Leave

Up to 6 months paid leave following qualifying injury.

When Eligible: 1st day of employment (upon qualifying injury).

Who pays: University

Workers Compensation Insurance

Employees who are disabled due to a job-related injury or disease are entitled to medical expenses for treatment and income benefits to replace part of the wages lost due to the disability. Survivors' benefits also available if death results.

When Eligible: 1st day of employment.

Who pays: University.

Education Savings Program-Learning Quest

Learning Quest is a 529 education savings program established by the State of Kansas and offers anyone who is a U.S. Citizen or resident an easy way to invest for a college education. Employees may contribute to Learning Quest through payroll deduction.

When Eligible:1st day of employment.

Who Pays: Employee.

Retirement Plans

  • Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS) (Classified Employees): Monthly retirement benefit with various options. Employee contributions deducted from paycheck "before tax."
  • Tier 1 - active members hired before July 1, 2009.  5 year vesting. Early retirement at age 55 with reduced benefits. Retirement with full benefits on the 85 point plan or at age 62 with 10 years of service. Normal retirement at age 65 with no minimum service requirements.  When Eligible: Mandatory participation after 1 year of state service in a KPERS covered position.  Who Pays: Employee contributes 5% of salary "before tax." Rate for University contribution is set by law each year.
  • Tier 2 - members hired July 1, 2009 or after.  5 year vesting.  Early retirement at age 55 with reduced benefits.  Retirement with full benefits at age 60 with 30 years of service or at age 65 with 5 years of service.  When Eligible:  Mandatory participation on 1st day of employment.  Who Pays:  Employee contributes 6% of salary "before tax."  Rate for University contribution is set by law each year.
  • Kansas Police & Firemen's Retirement System (KP&F) (University Police Only): Monthly retirement with various options. Employee contributions deducted from paycheck "before" tax. Vesting and retirement age depends on whether covered by "Tier I" or "Tier II."
    When Eligible: Mandatory participation on 1st day of employment in KP&F covered position.
    Who Pays: Employee contributes 7% of salary "before tax." Rate for University contribution is set by law each year.
  • Regents Mandatory Retirement Plan (Unclassified Employees): Monthly retirement benefit with various options. Employee contributions deducted from paycheck "before" tax. Early retirement at age 55 with 10 years of service. Regular retirement at age 60.
    When Eligible: Mandatory participation after 1 year service in an eligible position.
    Who Pays: Employee contributes 5.5% of salary "before tax" to one of the approved providers selected by the employee. University contributes 8.5% of salary to the same provider.

Deferred Compensation Plan

Monthly retirement benefit. Employee contributions deducted from paycheck "before" tax to be used at retirement.

When Eligible: 1st day of employment.

Who Pays: Employee

Voluntary Tax Sheltered Annuity Program

Monthly retirement benefit. Employee contributions deducted from paycheck "before" tax to be used at retirement.

When Eligible: 1st day of employment.

Who Pays: Employee

Phased Retirement Program (Regents Mandatory Retirement Plan Members Only)

Reduction in appointment and salary but retention of full-time employer-paid benefits in preparation for full retirement.

When Eligible: Age 55 with 10 years of full-time service.

Who Pays: University

Social Security

Financial assistance at retirement and in case of disability.

When Eligible: 1st day of employment.

Who Pays: Employee pays percentage of gross monthly salary. University matches that same amount.

Sick Leave Bonus (Retirement Only)

Employee receives payment for unused sick leave upon retirement based on the following:

Minimum Years of Service Minimum Sick Leave Accrual Sick Leave Bonus
8 years 800 hours (100 days) 240 hours (30 days)
15 years 1000 hours (125 days) 360 hours (45 days)
25 years 1200 hours (150 days) 480 hours (60 days)

When Eligible: Upon retirement with minimum 8 years of service and 800 hours of unused sick leave accumulated.
Who Pays: University

Unemployment Insurance

Coverage provided through Kansas Employment Security Law.

When Eligible: 1st day of employment

Who Pays: University

Longevity Pay (Classified Employees Only)

Employee receives payment of $400 after 10 years of service, and an additional $40 each year thereafter for a maximum payment of $1000.

When Eligible: After 10 years of State service, classified employees hired or rehired prior to June 15, 2008. Classified employees hired on or after June 15, 2008, are not eligible for longevity pay.

Who Pays: University

9 Pay 12 Salary Payment Option (9 Month Faculty Only)

9 month faculty salary paid over 26 biweekly pay periods, rather than 20 biweekly pay periods.

When Eligible: 1st day of employment

Who Pays: N/A

Tuition Assistance Programs

Note: Tuition Assistance Funds are limited.
We have been able to pay no more than 3 credit hours for each semester.

  • Staff Enrollment Fees: Employees assessed fees at the "staff" rate (resident hourly rate minus campus privilege fees).
    When Eligible: 1st day of employment
    Who Pays: University
  • Non-Resident Assistance: Employees who live out-of-state pay resident fees. If employee is full-time, spouse and dependents also pay resident fees.
    When Eligible: 1st day of employment
    Who Pays: Employee pays resident tuition.
  • Tuition Assistance Program (Classified Employees and Unclassified Employees Not Appointed to Teaching Positions Only): University pays for a percentage of tuition and fees for approved courses.
    When Eligible: Must have one year of continuous employment in a full-time, benefits-eligible position (two years in a part-time benefits-eligible position) prior to course start date and current performance review must be "Satisfactory" or better.
    Who Pays: University
  • Tuition Waiver Program (Dependent Children): Percentage of tuition is waiver for qualifying dependents based on employee's length of service. Maximum of eight (8) semesters eligible for waiver.
    When Eligible: Employee must have one year of continuous employment in a full-time, benefits-eligible position as of the first day of classes.
    Who Pays: University
  • Tuition Assistance Program (Spouse): University pays for a percentage of tuition for approved courses for qualifying spouses.
    When Eligible: Employee must have one year of continuous employment in a full-time, benefits-eligible position as of the first day of classes.
    Who Pays: University
  • Professional Development Program (Classified Employees Only): Employees may apply for partial payment of expenses for attending job-related workshops or conferences.
    When Eligible: Must have permanent status in the Kansas Civil Service on date classes begin.
    Who Pays: University

Service Awards

  • State of Kansas Service Pin
    When Eligible: After 10, 20, 30 or 40 years of service with the State.
    Who Pays: State of Kansas
  • Pittsburg State University Service Pin
    When Eligible: After 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service with the University.
    Who Pays: University

Health Promotion Programs (HEALTHQUEST)

  • Educational Services: HealthQuest Newsletter provides information on a wide variety of topics.
  • LIFELINE: Confidential professional help in resolving health or personal problems for employees and their families. 24-hours toll free call 1-800-284-7575.
    When Eligible: 1st day of employment.
    Who Pays: University

Miscellaneous Benefits