Faculty NMUFA Represented Benefits Summary

Sick Leave: Up to six (6) weeks at full salary per fiscal year.

Short-Term Disability: Eligible faculty, after one year of service, who have used six weeks of sick leave will be paid at 75% of base annual salary for up to six months. Sick leave bank may be available to bring salary to full pay.

Long-Term Disability: One year waiting period. After 6 months of disability, pays up to 60% of basic annual salary less social security, retirement, workers’ compensation, etc. Premiums currently paid by University.

Family Care Leave: Academic year faculty may use sixty (60) hours of Family Care Leave.

Personal Leave Days: May use 16 hours of paid Personal Leave per fiscal year to attend to personal business.

Hospitalization/Medical: Hospital, Medical and Prescription Drug Program – Preferred Provider Organization (PPO). Coverage effective on date of hire. Cost dependent on claims experience. $50 individual deductible/$100 family deductible; $10 Office co-pay/$50 ER co-pay. Effective 1/1/03 drug co-pays: $5 generic/$10 brand name at NMU Health Center; $10 generic/$20 brand name at participating pharmacy/mail order. Benefit year is January 1 to December 31.

Dental Insurance: The University will pay the full cost of a two person dental plan for participating faculty who complete the necessary enrollment forms. Family coverage may be purchased. Benefit year is January 1 to December 31.

Optical Insurance: The University will pay the full cost of a two or more optical plan for participating faculty who complete the necessary enrollment forms. Dependent coverage may be purchased. Benefit year is July 1 to June 30.

Life Insurance with Accidental Death and Dismemberment: One and one-half times 2 semester base salary rounded to next $1,000 paid by University with immediate coverage. Options of ½, 1, 2 times annual salary and dependent coverage ($10,000 spouse; $5,000 children) may be purchased by faculty. Faculty coverage includes a double indemnity clause in case of Accidental Death and Dismemberment Maximum of $500,000.

Retirement: Effective 01/01/01, University contribution to TIAA-CREF is 15.64% of salary paid.

Designated Individuals: Faculty may designate an individual in lieu of a spouse for the purposes of Funeral Leave, Family Care Leave, Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Leave, and Recreation Memberships.

Same-Sex Domestic Partner Benefits:  Not available.  On 5/7/08 the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that a 2004 ban against gay marriage also blocks governments and state universities from offering health benefits to same-sex partners.  NMU continues to pursue lawful employment practices which would offer health benefits to additional eligible adults.

Tuition Scholarship Program: Faculty, spouses and dependent children may take classes with no credit hour limit. In the event of death, surviving spouse and dependent children may continue in the program until completion. NMU will abide by State and Federal laws regarding the taxability of benefits.

Flexible Spending Accounts: Money may be deducted from salary on a before-tax basis to fund child care and/or for un-reimbursed medical, dental, and optical expenses. Subject to IRS regulations.

Recreation Membership: Single Physical Education Recreation Facility membership or Walking Pass free (value reported on W-2 form). Family membership available at reduced rate through payroll deduction.

Bookstore Discount: 20% on books; 10% on other items. Does not include sale items or caps and gowns.

Jury Duty: Full pay for regularly scheduled hours of work missed less what court pays.

Funeral Leave: Five days, three days, or one day of paid funeral leave. Please refer to the Master Agreement for specifics.

Social Security Benefits: Mandatory University and faculty contribution. Monthly benefits at retirement or in case of total disability.

Military Reserve and National Guard Duty: The University will abide by Federal and State laws pertaining to the leave of absence, rehire, and status after rehire or leave of absence of faculty who are members of either the National Guard or a unit of the United States Reserve Forces.

Workers' Compensation: Faculty who are granted Workers’ Compensation will be paid the difference between regular salary and payments received under provision of the Act for up to six (6) consecutive months after which they may apply for long-term disability benefits, if eligible.

Parking: Faculty, when completing necessary forms, receive one (1) free parking decal and the option of pre-tax payroll deduction for any additional parking decal fees.

Library: Access to University library.

Tax-Deferred 403(b) Plans and 457(b) Plans: Available through payroll deduction.

Banking, Credit Unions Electronic funds transfer available.

These are summaries of benefits available and are subject to change. Union contracts, personnel policies, master benefit policies and the rules of insurance providers and administrators control the benefits available. If you have questions about benefits, consult your current union agreement or contact the Human Resources Department at 227-2470.