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Benefits

Hope College offers a competitive benefit plan that promotes our employees’ health and wellbeing, work-life balance and financial stability.

Eligibility for benefits is based on hours scheduled to work in the college's fiscal year (July 1–June 30).


Full-time employee
>.75 FTE (1,560+ hrs)

Part-time employee
.5-.74 FTE (1,000-1,559 hrs)

Part-time employee
<.49 FTE (<999 hrs)
All Benefits* Retirement*
Wellness Program
Employee Perks
Employee Assistance Program
Wellness Program
Employee Perks
Employee Assistance Program
*Most benefits are available on first day of eligibility. There is a one-year wait for all employees eligible for college-provided retirement benefits. Resident directors, residential life coordinators, visiting faculty and faculty on first year of term assignment are not eligible for life, AD&D and LTD benefits. Visiting faculty, non-tenure track faculty and faculty on term assignment also require a one-year wait period for tuition waiver benefits.

Health

Medical

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) adminsters Hope College's self-insured preferred provider organization (PPO) health insurance plan. BCBSM provides a network of local, national and international providers. Currently 100% of Michigan hospitals and approximately 95% of providers in the West Michigan area participate in the BCBSM network. This access provides our employees with great options for their health care needs.

provider Information

BCBSM
1.877.671.2583
Customer Service Walk-In Center, 151 Central Ave, Holland, hours: M–F 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1:15–5 p.m. (no phone calls or scheduled appointments available)

Lost or need to replace your BCBSM ID card? Access your member site to request a new one.

Resources

View 2018–2019 medical plans at a glance 

Did you know?

Health care services vary greatly in price depending on where they are received. To save money, log in to your member BCBSM account, then select Find a Doctor or Hospital > Compare Cost & Quality and search non-emergency procedures to compare cost.

Prescription Drugs/Rx

CVS/Caremark administers Hope College's self-insured pharmacy benefit and provides both a retail pharmacy network and mail-order option for member's prescription drug needs. Employees and their family's coverage is automatic with their Medical Plan election (Blue or Orange) and coverage is dependent on that plan's design.

provider Information

CVS/Caremark
1.888.321.4206
Lost or need to replace your CVS/Caremark ID? Access your member site to print a replacement.

resources

View 2018–2019 prescription drug plans at a glance 

Did you know?

Drug costs can vary greatly from pharmacy to pharmacy. To save money, search area pharmacies to get started.

Dental

Blue Dental (division of BCBSM) provides Hope College's dental insurance plan. Blue Dental provides a network of local and national providers. West Michigan has approximately 75 in-network providers.

provider information

BCBSM
1.877.671.2583
Customer Service Walk-In Center, 151 Central Ave, Holland, hours: M–F 9 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1:15–5 p.m. (no phone calls or scheduled appointments available)

Lost or need to replace your Blue Dental ID? Access your member site to request a new one.

resources

View  2018–2019 dental plans at a glance 

Vision

EyeMed provides Hope College's vision insurance plan. EyeMed provides a network of local and national providers. West Michigan has approximately 50 providers in network.

provider information

EyeMed
1.866.939.3633

Lost or need to replace your EyeMed ID? Access your member site to print a replacement.

resources
plan at a glance
summary of benefits and coverage Vision BAAG
employee premiums (per pay 2x/mth) Single: $4.98
Double: $9.45
Family: $13.88
Flexible Spending and Health Savings
provider information

PNC BeneFit Plus
1.844.356.9993

Lost or need to replace your PNC Debit Card? Contact PNC Bank @ 1.844.356.9993 for assistance.

Resources and forms
child / dependent care

Flexible Spending Child/Dependent Care accounts are avenues to set aside pre-tax money for out-of-pocket dependent care expenses. Eligibility for Child/Dependent Care FSA is not dependent on your health insurance election.

medical plans

Flexible Spending Medical and Health Savings accounts are avenues to set aside pre-tax money for out-of-pocket medical, dental, vision and other health related expenses. Limited Purpose Flexible accounts are available for ONLY out-of-pocket dental and vision expenses of HSA participants.  Eligibility for Medical FSA and HSA/LPFSA accounts are dependent on your health insurance election. 

medical tax savings plan comparison
  FSA HSA LPFSA
Eligibility Must be enrolled in traditional health plan (college's Blue or similar plan) Must be enrolled in a high deductible health plan (college's Orange Plan only) Must be enrolled in HSA
Provisions Use-it-or-lose-it with $500 carryover only

Roll-over annually, no use-it-or-lose-it rule

Use-it-or-lose it $500 carryover only. 

Maximums $2,650 (per benefit year) Single: $3,450 (per calendar year)

Double/Family: $6,900 (per calendar year)
$2,650 (per benefit year)
medical plan Eligible Expenses FSA Eligible Expense List HSA Eligible Expense List Dental & Vision Expenses Only
2018/19 Reimbursement process & to Monitor/check balance PNC BeneFit Plus Website PNC BeneFit Plus Website PNC BeneFit Plus Website
Option to Change Amount during Benefit Year Not applicable unless eligible for Special Enrollment (see Benefit Changes section) HSA Contribution Form Not applicable unless eligible for Special Enrollment (see Benefit Changes section)

Financial

Retirement
Hope College provides a retirement plan called "INVEST" to all eligible (scheduled to work 1,000+ hours annually and age 23+) employees after one year of employment. The college contributes, on a per-pay basis, an amount equal to 10.5% of an employee's base salary. Employees may also contribute, either pre-tax or post-tax (ROTH), on a voluntary basis. Vesting (ownership) is 100% upon participation. Participants may direct the College contribution into a variety of investment alternatives.
provider information

Transamerica (best viewed in Internet Explorer)
1.888.676.5512

TIAA-Cref (legacy provider prior to October 1, 2013)
1.800.842.2776

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PLAN DOCUMENTS & ANNUAL REQUIRED NOTICES
Life Insurance

Hope College provides term life and accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance coverage for our employees in a base amount of $12,000 in addition to term life insurance equal to one-and-one-half times annual salary. The benefit amount is reduced at age 65 and again at age 70 if still actively employed. Employees may also purchase an additional 1–7x annual salary coverage, at group rates, post tax, via payroll deduction.

PROVIDER INFORMATION

Lincoln National Insurance
1.800.423.2765

RESOURCES
Tuition Waiver

Tuition Waiver benefits are available for employees, their spouses and children. Eligible programs include on-campus courses as well as several off-campus programs. Additionally, Hope College participates with a waiver program within the Great Lakes College Association.   

RESOURCES
PLAN AT A GLANCE
  STAFF (hourly & Administrative) faculty
employee taking classes on campus (One course per semester maximum) 100% waiver (after one-year employment) 100% waiver (immediate eligibility)
employee's spouse and Children less than age 25 (up to 10 semesters max.) 10% waiver for each year of employee's service up to maximum of 100%, less financial aid, of courses taken on Hope College campus.

Once 100% waiver earned, eligible also for the waiver remission program at schools within Great Lakes College Association (glca.org).
100% waiver, less financial aid, of courses taken on Hope College campus.


Immediate eligibility also for the waiver remission program at schools within Great Lakes College Association (glca.org).

 

Paid Benefit/Leave Time

Holidays & Campus Shut Down
 

2018*

2019*

2020*

Floating Holiday Employee selects, no carryover allowed Employee selects, no carryover allowed Employee selects, no carryover allowed
New Year's Day Monday, January 1 Tuesday, January 1 Wednesday, January 1
Good Friday Friday, March 30 Friday, April 19 Friday, April 10
Memorial Day Monday, May 28 Monday, May 27 Monday, May 25
Independence Day Wednesday, July 4 Thursday–Friday, July 4–5 (additional day off 2019 only) Friday, July 3
Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday, November 22–23 Thursday & Friday, November 28–29 Thursday & Friday, November 26–27
Christmas Eve Monday, December 24 Tuesday, December 24 Thursday, December 24
Christmas Tuesday, December 25 Wednesday, December 25 Friday, December 25
Campus Shut-Down December 26–28, 31 December 26–27, 30–31 December 28–31

* Employees working shifts other than M–F should contact their supervisor for revised holiday calendars.

Policies per employment status:
Vacation
Jury Leave
Funeral/Bereavement Leave
Sick Pay, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability

Hope College provides financial assistance for absences due to illness, hospitalization, surgery or other medical condition. The benefit is composed of three components: Sick, Short-Term Disability and Long-Term Disability.

PROVIDER INFORMATION

Hope College Human Resources Office (self-administration of sick and short-term disability)
1.616.395.7818

Lincoln National Insurance (long-term disability)
1.800.423.2765

PLAN AT A GLANCE
  Hourly Faculty and Administrative staff
Sick pay Earned on an accrual basis at the rate of 40 hours per year. Balance reflected in Leave Balance on KnowHopePlus employee secure log-in. (policy) Regular pay for work missed due to illness. (policy)
Short-Term Disability (for surgeries and illnesses requiring >3 days absence as well as maternity leave) 
FMLA applies
60% of normal rate of pay for medically necessary leave, up to 26 weeks. (policy) 100% wage continuation for medically necessary leaves, up to 26 weeks. (policy)
Long-term disability (available after six months continuous disability) 60% of base monthly earnings (up to $6,000 max). (policy) 60% of base monthly earnings (up to $6,000 max). (policy)
long-term disability buy-up (additional employee cost) An additional 10% LTD coverage, for total of 70% (up to $7,000 max.), may be purchased.   An additional 10% LTD coverage, for total of 70% (up to $7,000 max.), may be purchased.   
Summary of benefits & buy-up cost formulas Core with Buy-Up FT Hourly
Core with Buy-Up PT Hourly (grandfathered)
Core with Buy-Up FT Faculty & Administrative Staff
Certificates Core with Buy-Up FT Hourly
Core with Buy-Up PT Hourly (grandfathered)
Core with Buy-Up FT Faculty & Administrative Staff
Non-Medical FMLA & Personal Leave

Family Life

Wellness

Hope College Wellness seeks to inspire, educate and promote healthy living for the faculty and staff in our community. We desire to create a culture that has an excellent quality of life by addressing the whole person — body, mind and spirit. For more details and current classes and education opportunities:

Visit our wellness website 

Employee Perks

Human Resources receives special discount information and opportunities for our employees. While we do not promote any particular off-campus company, we want to share the potential discounts and group rates available to you. You will be required to show a valid Hope College Faculty/Staff ID.

On-Campus
 Vision & Hearing
Banking Institutions
Health & Wellness
Restaurants
Local Stores
Entertainment
Cell Phone
 Miscellaneous
Adoption

In order to assist families with the cost of adoption, Hope College will provide reimbursement for adoption expenses up to the actual cost or current benefit amount.

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Walk to Work
Resources
Employee Assistance Program

This voluntary program offers free work/life resources, assistance and confidential counseling sessions (six visits) to employees and members of their household facing and working through personal or work-related issues to achieve work/life balance.  

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