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Important Benefit Changes for Employees* Hired or Re-hired On or After July 1, 2011

May 4, 2011

As the hiring process for faculty and staff appointments that begin on or after July 1, 2011 is in progress and hiring offers are being made, the following outlines information about benefits that are changing with the new fiscal year.

These immediate changes are in the areas of retirement, paid leave time, and longevity as detailed below. It is critical that the correct information regarding these benefits be communicated at the time of offer to avoid future misunderstandings. If appointments have already been made, benefit information to the faculty/staff member should be updated to address the changes.  The USNH policy manual and benefit brochures and information will be updated to reflect these changes as soon as possible.

While the specific changes to medical benefit plans are not yet determined, they will be finalized by the end of this fiscal year, will be effective Jan.1, 2012, and will affect all benefit-eligible faculty and staff not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.

USNH Retirement Plan Contributions: New hires/rehires with appointments prior to July 1, 2011, must be a USNH retirement plan participant by July 1, 2011or the reduced contribution levels listed below will apply.  Contact Sue Nolan at 2-0504 to confirm enrollment or for guidance about enrolling in a USNH retirement plan.

Initial contribution level: The initial contribution level will be a USNH contribution of 6 percent and a 6 percent contribution by the faculty/staff member. After one full year of participation at the initial contribution level, the University System contribution will increase to the standard contribution level of 9 percent.

Standard contribution level: The standard contribution level will be a USNH contribution of 9 percent and a 6 percent contribution by the faculty/staff member.

Alternate contribution level: The alternate contribution level will remain a USNH contribution of 4 percent and 2.5 percent contribution by the faculty/staff member. (No change.)

One percent additional retirement contribution (ARC): The 1 percent ARC has been eliminated as of July 1, 2011 for all plan contribution levels.

Paid leave time: new hires/rehires with appointments beginning on or after July 1, 2011. 

Operating staff.  The earned time accrual rate will be:

Up to 12 years of employment: .092 per hour approximately 2 hours per month
Twelve years and more: .125 per hour approximately 2.718 hours per month

PAT/EE/eligible exempt staff: The vacation/personal leave accrual rate will be 1.5 days per month for the first five years of status employment and 2 days per month thereafter.  The minimum usage requirement will be nine days of vacation/personal leave per year for staff with less than five years of service.

Longevity pay for operating staff: for new hires/rehires with appointments beginning on or after July 1, 2011, longevity pay is no longer available. 

Contact Kristie Camacho at 2-0509 or Sue Nolan at 2-0504, benefits representatives in the Office of Human Resources, if you have questions.

*Benefits changes apply to employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement

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