Benefits

Complete Employee Policy Manual


EMPLOYEE AND DEPENDENT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

1.0 Introduction
1.1 Pursuant to Section 3.7 of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, the following regulations shall apply to an Employee Scholarship Program.
2.0 Eligibility
2.1 All regular full-time (1.0 F.T.E.) employees of the University are eligible to apply.
2.2 All retired employees of the University who have met the normal retirement regulations are eligible to apply.
2.3 Employees must be admitted students of the University and must have met all normal academic requirements for the courses taken.
2.4 The Employee Scholarship Program is not available to employees on leave of absence without pay.
2.5 The Employee Scholarship Program is not available to employees whose anticipated employment period is less than six (6) months.
3.0 Terms and Conditions
3.1 The granting of employee scholarships is subject to openings in the specific classes in which the employee intends to enroll. If the reduction or withdrawal of this privilege, however, is necessitated by the lack of funds, such reduction or withdrawal shall apply to all classes of employees on a University-wide basis and timely notice of this action shall be provided to all employees.
3.2 The Employee Scholarship Program applies only to academic credit courses being offered at any unit of the University of Nebraska. These courses may be taken for credit or audit.
3.3 The University of Nebraska Scholarship Program shall provide tuition equal to the University's resident tuition charge per semester credit hour.
3.4 Employees whose applications have been approved pay all normal admission and matriculation fees, including lab fees and course fees, but not UPFF fees. Employees shall also pay all usual course-related costs such as books and supplies.
3.5 Credit Hours For regular full-time employees the Employee Scholarship Program is limited to no more than fifteen (15) credit hours in any 12-month period (August - July) and is normally restricted to no more than six (6) credit hours per semester.
3.6 Employees eligible for scholarship plans through other programs are expected to avail themselves of these programs prior to applying for the University of Nebraska Employee Scholarship Program. If the employee's costs are not entirely covered by the other programs, the University of Nebraska Employee Scholarship Program shall allow for the difference up to the maximum established herein.
3.7 Employees will be billed for their tuition if they resign from University employment and the effective date of resignation occurs during the first thirty (30) days after classes have commenced.
4.0 Class Attendance.
4.1 Normally, employees taking advantage of the Employee Scholarship Program will enroll in classes held during non-working hours.
4.2 If the course is not scheduled during non-working hours, the employee's hours may be rearranged, with the appropriate approvals, to accommodate enrollment.
5.0 Dependent Scholarship Program Pursuant to Section 3.7 of the Bylaws of the Board of Regents of the University of Nebraska, All University of Nebraska employees who meet the eligibility conditions in Section 2.0 may elect to allocate all or part of their employee scholarship benefit to their spouse or to their dependent children. The following parameters shall apply to the dependent scholarship program.
5.1 Spouse and Dependent Children will be defined as follows:

Spouse: Employee's husband or wife, as recognized under the laws of the State of Nebraska. Including the husband or wife of a deceased employee, but not a divorced spouse.

Dependent Children: Employee's natural born or legally adopted children, or stepchild, or ward of an employee who (i) is unmarried and under 24 years of age, and (ii) is chiefly dependent on the employee for support who is living in the employee's home and is chiefly dependent on the employee for support (claimed as a dependent for tax purposes). Including the dependent children of a deceased employee.

5.2 The Dependent Scholarship Program is only available to an employee's spouse or any dependent children who is an admitted students of a University of Nebraska campus and who have met all normal academic requirements for the course(s) taken. Full-time student enrollment status is required for a dependent child to be eligible, but not for a spouse. An affidavit will be required to document the status of dependent children. The University reserves the right to request copies of tax returns and or other supporting documentation.
5.3 All retired employees of the University who have met the normal retirement regulations may apply the dependent scholarship program to their spouse or to their eligible dependent children.
6.0 Dependent Scholarship Program Terms and Conditions
6.1 The Dependent Scholarship Program will be limited to undergraduate academic credit courses at any campus of the University of Nebraska.
6.2 The Dependent Scholarship Program shall provide tuition equal to the University's resident tuition charge per semester credit hour at the campus of attendance, subject to the limitations listed in Section 6.5 below
6.3 Dependents whose applications have been approved shall pay all normal admission and matriculation fees including lab fees, course fees and UPFF fees, and all usual course-related costs such as books and supplies.
6.4 The maximum total number of credit hours that may be transferred by an employee to one or more dependents will be the equivalent of fifteen (15) semester credit hours in any 12 month period (August through July) and is restricted to no more than nine (9) credit hours per semester.
6.5 Dependents eligible for scholarship plans through other programs are expected to avail themselves of these programs prior to applying for the University of Nebraska Dependent Scholarship Program. If the dependent's tuition costs are not entirely covered by the other programs, the University of Nebraska Dependent Scholarship Program shall allow for the difference up to the maximum established herein.
6.6 Employees will be billed for their dependent's tuition if they resign from University employment and the effective date of resignation occurs during the first thirty (30) days after classes have commenced

NUFLEX BENEFITS

1.0 NUFlex Overview The NUFlex benefits program allows an employee to choose from a group of benefit options that best suit his or her circumstances and lifestyle. With NUFlex, an employee can customize their benefits to fit personal needs by making choices among these benefit areas:
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Care Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
  • Dependent Life Insurance
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Health Care Reimbursement Account
  • Dependent Care Reimbursement Account

Each benefit option has a price tag which reflects individual differences such as age, salary, benefits FTE, tobacco/nicotine use, and number of dependents enrolled for coverage. The University of Nebraska provides each employee an allowance of NUCredits (based on the benefits FTE). This allowance represents part of the money the university spends for an employee’s benefits and is to be used on coverage which fit their needs. If benefit choices add up to less than the allowance of NUCredits, the employee will receive the remaining amount as taxable cash. If benefits choices add up to more than the NUCredits allowance, any additional cost will be deducted from the employee’s pay.

2.0 Eligibility Faculty and Staff employed in a "Regular” position with an FTE of .5 or greater or employed in a "Temporary” position for more than 6 months with an FTE of .5 or greater are eligible to enroll for insured benefits. For additional information and a full description regarding eligibility; please go to the BENEFITS web page on the University Administration website.
3.0 Change in Status Guidelines NUFlex choices will be in effect for the calendar year unless 1) a qualified change in status event occurs and 2) requested change is consistent with the event that results in the employee, employee’s spouse or dependent child gaining or losing coverage eligibility. Enrollment or changes in coverage must be made within 31 days of the Permitted Election Change Event. Some enrollment changes are limited due to certain eligibility restrictions. Listed below are several Permitted Election Change Events that may allow the employee to initiate a midyear benefits election change.
  • Change in legal marital status
  • Change in number of dependent children
  • Change in employment status or work schedule which results in a gain or loss of coverage eligibility
  • Change in coverage under other employers’ benefits plan

A Medical, Dental and Vision Care Insurance Dependent Information Request Form must be completed to add a new dependent child to the medical, dental, or vision care insurance policy even if the employee is currently enrolled for Employee & Child or Employee & Family coverage.

4.0 An employee in a non-pay status may continue to participate in the insured benefit programs. However, the University's contribution toward these programs will not be made during the non-pay status.
5.0 In the event of the employee’s death, a surviving spouse and/or dependent children of the employee may elect to participate in the medical, dental, and vision care insurance benefit programs at their own expense until the surviving spouse remarries or a dependent child is no longer eligible for benefits.
6.0 A retiree of the University may elect to participate in the medical, dental, term life, and long term care programs at his or her own expense.

RETIREMENT

1.0 Retirement Eligibility The normal retirement age for all members of the University staff shall be 62 years. Retirement shall be mandatory at age 70 for law enforcement personnel only. Employees may retire at age 55 after ten (10) years of service with the University. For law enforcement personnel, the mandatory retirement date of an employee who has reached the mandatory retirement age shall be July 1 following the month in which the employee reaches such age.
2.0 Disability Retirement An employee regardless of age is eligible for a disability retirement should a physical or mental disabilities prevent such employee from satisfactorily performing work. A Disability Retirement will allow a disabled employee to receive University retiree benefits Approval of a Disability Retirement is predicated on
  1. The disabled employee’s obtainment of a Social Security Disability Award, or
  2. Long Term Disability benefits approved by the group long term disability insurance company

University Administration may also approve a Disability Retirement in certain situations. In addition, Disability Retirement for Academic/Administrative Staff and Faculty must be approved by the Board of Regents.

UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

1.0 All unemployed persons eligible for unemployment compensation may file a claim for unemployment compensation under the Nebraska Employment Security Law. Claims should be filed with the local office of the Division of Employment, State Department of Labor.

WORKER’S COMPENSATION

1.0 All employees subject to the provisions of the Worker’s Compen¬sation Act shall be entitled to coverage in accordance with the Act if they suffer illness or injury arising out of and in the course of their employment. This protection provides payments of all reasonable medical expenses incurred, and loss of time from the job to the extent provided by the law. (See Injury Leave Policy.)
2.0 Employees impacted by this policy are required to complete the First Report of Occupational Injury or Illness form. This is a legal document which will be filed with the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court. Mail or fax this form to the Campus Benefits Office within 24 hours of the occurrence.
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