Benefits Contribution Information:
Benefit Contributions are mandatory and are to be phased on over a period of four years. Each year will increase until all employees are paying contributions at the year four level. Most employees will pay 1.5% of their salary for at least the first year. The mandate actually reads that we are required to pay either 1.5% of our salary or a percentage of the cost of the benefits based on your salary as per the state chart, whichever is higher.
10/25/2011: State laws require employees to make a benefit contribution at the expiration of their negotiated contract. The following groups are currently making benefits contributions: Bus Drivers, Confidential Employees, Building Custodial Foreperson. In July of 2012, Principals and Supervisors will be added to those making contributions towards benefits. Employees that are EHTEA members will not be required to make benefit contributions until July 2013.
Benefit Contributions Start Date for New Hires (after 6/28/2011)
Employees hired after 6/28/2011 will be placed at the phase-in year with others of the same category if that group's contract that was in effect on 6/28/2011 has not expired. If the contract in effect on 6/28/2011 has expired, new hires after 6/28/2011 will be placed on full contributions (year 4)
Your contribution towards your benefits may change based on your change in salary, and/or the change in the cost of benefits to the Board. The medical and prescription rates will change each January first. If you switch to a High Deductible (HD) plan, you will no longer be able to be enrolled in the district's prescription program through BeneCard. The HD medical plans include a prescription plan through the state. There is more information regarding the HD plans on the State's website.
Benefits Contribution Worksheets
Following is a worksheet that will assist you in calculating what your benefits contribution will be each of the four phase in years. Note that the tabs at the bottom coordinate with the type of insurance that you have Family, Parent/Child(ren), Husband/Wife(partner) or Single. These sheets are all geared towards the benefits contribution costs of Horizon Direct 10, which is the plan 99.5% of our employees are currently enrolled in. Please note that there is a rate sheet (as the last tab within the worksheet) that shows the rates for other medical plans.