Human Resources

Benefits

Summary of Employee Benefits

The Employee Benefit Program is designed to provide protection for employees from possible loss of income from illness, disability, retirement or death. In addition, the non-insured benefits, such as vacation and holidays, are intended to improve the quality of life for employees during their time here at the University.

This reference guide summarizes the fringe benefits that Saint Peter’s University provides to all of its employees.  More complete details are available in the Employee Handbook*.

Benefits Who Pays Who is Eligible When Eligible What you Receive
Vacation University Full & part-time employees Upon completion of 90 days of employment Admin and professional staff: 20 DaysStaff: First year pro-rated
1-5 years – 10 days
6-10 years – 15 days
Over 10 years – 20 days
Holidays and Holy Days University Full & part-time employees Upon employment for full-time employees.  After 3 consecutive years for part-time employees Usually 13 paid holidays and Holy Days per year for full-time employees.  After 3 years of employment, 7 paid holidays and Holy Days for part-time employees.
Personal Days University Full-time employees Upon completion of 1 year employment All full-time employees will be entitled to 2 personal days credited each July 1
Temporary Disability Plan Employee & University Full & part-time employees Upon employment Based on prior earnings- Weekly benefit of 2/3 weekly wage to maximum of 50% of NJ Statewide Average Weekly Wage for 26 weeks
Protracted Illness University Full-time employees Upon completion of 1 year employment For absence due to illness for an extended period- 1 month of full pay for each year of employment up to a maximum of 12 months or 264 days
Sick Leave University Full & part-time employees After three months of employment All full-time employees receive 10 sick days per year.  These days are accrued on a monthly basis.  Part-time employees receive sick days on a pro-rated basis.
Life Insurance Employee & University Full-time employees First of the month following 30 days employment Term insurance equal to the amount of your annual salary to a maximum of $250,000. The University shares the cost up to $100,000.
Retirement-401K University Full & part-time employees Upon completion of 1 year employment for full-time personnel and part-timers working 1000 hours per year or more Three years for full vesting.  University contributes 3% annual base pay.  University matches employee contributions at the rate of 50% to a maximum of an additional 2%.
Social Security Employee & University Full & part-time employees Upon employment Retirement benefits as early as age 62 (reduced) or as late as age 70. Benefits based on earnings.
Unemployment University Full & part-time employees Upon completion of 20 weeks work prior to termination by the University with minimum salary established by state guidelines on a yearly basis. Based on prior earnings, weekly payments of 2/3 weekly wages to maximum of 50% of NJ Statewide Average Weekly Wage of 26 weeks.  Reduced benefits thereafter.
Workers Compensation University Full & part-time employees Upon employment Compensation for on-the-job injury and medical expense reimbursement for such injury
Tuition Remission Benefits University Full-time employees Faculty/administration/professional staff upon completion of 90 days employment.  1 year of employment for dependents. Undergraduate courses: Full remission of tuition and fees for employees.
Graduate courses: Full remission of tuition and fees for employee only.  Full remission of Tuition for dependent children. FACHEX, the Jesuit Tuition Exchange Program, CIC & TIP are also available on space-available basis.
50% Tuition Remission for Full-Time employees and spouses for Doctoral Study.
Credit Union Employee Full & part-time employees Upon employment Credit Union provides payroll deduction for both savings and loans.  Apply- Liberty Savings Federal Credit Union, 666 Newark Ave, Jersey City, NJ (201) 659-3900
Group Tax Deferred Annuity Program Employee Full & part-time employees Upon employment Contracts with TIAA-CREF permit reduction in salary to purchase an annuity contract which includes fixed dollar and variable annuities.  Arrangements by contacting Human Resources. This program compliments and supplements the University’s Pension Program.
Health insurance benefits Employee & University Full-time employees Upon enrollment, coverage begins first of the month, 30 days after employment. University offers 2 plans administered by Horizon Blue Cross & Blue Shield of NJ.  The plans are Direct Access, and EPO.  Contact Human Resources for current rates and employee share of cost.
Dental Insurance Employee Full-time employees Same eligibility as health insurance coverage. Horizon Dental PPO Access Plan
Section 125 No cost Full-time employees Same eligibility as health insurance coverage Allows employees to pay insurance premiums with before-tax dollars. Saves employees from having to pay federal income tax and Social Security taxes on eligible premiums.
Car and Home Owners Insurance Employee Full-time employees Upon employment Allows employees to purchase discounted car and home owners insurance from either NJ Manufacturers Ins. Co. or Metropolitan Ins. Co. (Met offers payroll deduction feature)
Legal Service Plan Employee Full-time employees Upon Employment Legal representation for you, your spouse and dependents in matters such as mortgages, wills, powers of attorney, loans, and other matters.  Administered by Metropolitan Law (Met Law).
Vision Plan  Employee Full-time employees Upon Employment Discounted program for participating optometrist and opthamologists and toward purchase of lenses and frames. Vision plan administered by Premier Vision.
Supplemental Life Disability and Medical Coverage  Employee Full-time employees Upon Employment Supplemental plans administered by AFLAC.  Coverage includes expanded emergency room care, personal accident and disability and term life insurance.
Flexible Spending Account  Employee Full & part-time employees Upon Employment Reimburses employees for expenses that may not be otherwise covered by our health insurance. A health care flexible spending account and dependent child care flexible spending account is available. Employees elect to have an amount deducted from their gross pay each payroll period, before it is taxed, and placed in their flexible spending account. These deductions are evenly distributed throughout the calendar year. The plan is administered by Wage Works. Maximum contributions vary per year, please contact Human Resources for more information.

*The final authority on matters dealing with fringe benefits is the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual.  Any questions regarding these benefits can be answered by the Office of Human Resources via e-mail or by calling ext. 6367.

Health and Other Benefits

For in-depth information on health benefits and leave time, please download the Employee Handbook, currently available on the Intranet. You’ll also find information on other benefits, including:

Salary
Payroll Deductions
Travel/Expense
Reimbursement
Holidays
Vacation
Sick leave
Protracted Sick Leave
Personal Days
Jury Duty
Military Leave
Bereavement Leave
Family Leave
Personal Leave of Absence
Paid Family Leave
Temporary Disability
Benefits
Workers’ Compensation
Health Insurance
Cobra
Life insurance
Voluntary Dental & Vision Plans
Travel Accident Insurance
Unemployment Compensation
Social Security and Medicare
Defined Benefit & 401K Pension Plans
Group 403B Tax Deferred Supplemental Retirement Program
Credit Union
Section 125 Premium Only Plan
Tuition Remission

NJ Transit Program

Through the NJ Transit BusinessPass program, Saint Peter’s University orders monthly transit passes in bulk for employees, in order to take advantage of “commuter tax benefits” allowed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Through this program, employees save up to $1,000 per year and avoid the hassles of parking, tolls and gas when commuting by car. Interested employees should contact Liz Long in Payroll to sign up.

Saint Peter’s also offers a free shuttle bus service from the University to the Journal Square Path station, a major transportation hub that connects our community to Manhattan and other regions in New Jersey.

The Learning Experience

Saint Peter’s University and The Learning Experience have formed a partnership to offer all Saint Peter’s University employees a discount on childcare at participating centers. The Learning Experience is a premier childcare center with over 80 locations nationwide. The Learning Experience cares for children between the ages of six weeks and six years of age. Included in the price of tuition are seven different enrichment programs, a phonics program, as well as a hot lunch program at participating centers. All of the centers are open year round, Monday through Friday, from 6:30 am to 6:30pm and are closed only seven days a year.

All Saint Peter’s University employees receive a 10% discount (off of the tuition) plus AM and PM fees waived.

To learn more about this discount, visit The Learning Experience website.

Plum Benefits

Saint Peter’s University offers employees Plum Benefits, is a free and exclusive service that provides members with access and discounts to a variety of entertainment offers.

Plum Benefits presents members with information and discounts on the most popular shows, concerts, and restaurants in New York City.

The Buyer’s Edge

Buyer’s Edge Inc. is a consumer buying service that guarantees the lowest prices on most major purchases in the tri-state area. The Buyer’s Edge offers buy-by-phone and buy-in-person programs to help Saint Peter’s University employees pay the lowest prices on many purchases, including major appliances/TVs, cars, furniture, luggage, fine jewelry, audio, travel and much more.

To use this service, interested employees should contact the Office of Human Resources at ext. 6370 for login information or stop by the office for a brochure:

Saint Peter’s University
Office of Human Resources
2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, NJ 07306
hrdept@saintpeters.edu