Employee Benefits

Summary of Benefits for Full Time Employees of Thomas Edison State College and the New Jersey State Library To help visitors find information about employee benefits more quickly, this page is organized into the following links:

Vacation Administrative Leave Sick Leave
Holidays Health Plans Prescription Drug
Vision Care Dental Plans Retirement Plans
Life Insurance Additional Tax-Deferred Contributions Tax$ave
Long-Term Care Temporary Disability and Unemployment  

 

Vacation

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When You Are Eligible: Upon Employment

What You Receive:
Management Staff: Immediately accumulate 1.83 days per month for the first fiscal year; 22 days per fiscal year thereafter (carryover one year balance).

Professional AFT Staff: Immediately accumulate 1.5 days per month for the first calendar year; 22 days per calendar year thereafter (carryover one year balance).

Career Service CWA/IFPTE Staff: Immediately accumulate one day per month for the first calendar year; 12 days per calendar year thereafter; after five years, 15 days; after 12 years, 20 days; after 20 years, 25 days (carryover one year balance).

Administrative Leave

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When You Are Eligible: Upon Employment

What You Receive:
Management and Professional AFT Staff: Not applicable

Career Service CWA/IFPTE Staff: Immediately accumulate a half day (.5) per full calendar month of employment. Maximum of three days per calendar year (no carryover).

Sick Leave

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When You Are Eligible: Upon Employment

What You Receive:
Management and Professional AFT Staff: Immediately accumulate 1.25 days per month for the first year; 15 days per year thereafter (cumulative from year-to-year). Upon retirement, payment equal to 1/2 daily rate of pay for each unused sick day, up to $15,000.

Career Service CWA/IFPTE Staff: Immediately accumulate one day per calendar month for the first year; 15 days per calendar year thereafter (cumulative from year-to-year). Upon retirement, payment equal to 1/2 daily rate of pay for each unused sick day, up to $15,000.

Holidays

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When You Are Eligible: Upon Employment

What You Receive: All employees receive 13 paid holidays per year. The College is closed between Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but remains open on certain holidays.

Health Plans

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When You Are Eligible: Waiting Period of 60 days

What You Receive: Participation in the N.J. State Health Benefits Program (SHBP), which offers two types of medical plans, including:

  • Preferred Provider Organization (PPO)
  • Health Maintenance Organization (HMO)

Employees are required to contribute one and a half percent of their annual base salary for health and/or prescription drug coverage regardless of the plan chosen or the selected level of coverage.

Prescription Drug

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When You Are Eligible: Waiting Period of 60 days

What You Receive: Co-payment based upon the type of medication purchased (three-tier system). Prescription drug services are available through participating retail pharmacies and/or mail order.

Vision Care

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When You Are Eligible: Waiting Period of 60 days

What You Receive: Reimbursement for eye exam (co-payment or up to a specific dollar amount) and/or lenses once every two years as negotiated.

Dental Plans

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When You Are Eligible: Waiting Period of 60 days

What You Receive: Participation in N.J. State Health Benefits Plan (SHBP), which offers two types of dental plans:

  • Dental Expense Plan (traditional indemnity)
  • Dental Plan Organizations.

Premium costs are based on coverage level and are shared between the state and employee.

Retirement Plan (determined by position type)

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When You Are Eligible: Upon Enrollment Date

What You Receive:

  • Alternate Benefit Program (ABP): a tax-sheltered, defined contribution retirement program. Members contribute five percent and the employer contributes eight percent. There is a choice of six investment carriers; or
  • Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS): a defined benefit program administered by the N.J. Division of Pensions and Benefits.

Life Insurance (determined by position type)

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When You Are Eligible: Upon Enrollment Date of ABP or PERS

What You Receive:

  • Alternate Benefit Program (ABP): coverage equals three and a half times the member's base salary. Long term disability is available after one year of participation. Proof of insurability may be required; or
  • Public Employees'; Retirement System (PERS): coverage equals three times the member's base salary if covered by noncontributory and contributory group life insurance. Proof of insurability may be required.

Additional Tax-Deferred Contributions

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When You Are Eligible: Upon Employment

What You Receive: Voluntary 457h and 403b programs are available.

Tax$ave

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When You Are Eligible: Waiting Period of 60 days

What You Receive: This Section 125 plan allows for pretax medical and dental premiums, along with unreimbursed medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts.

Long-Term Care

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When You Are Eligible: Upon Employment

What You Receive: Available to employees and eligible family members through payroll deduction.

Temporary Disability/Unemployment

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When You Are Eligible: Upon Employment

What You Receive: Mandatory participation in N.J. Temporary Disability Insurance and Unemployment Insurance.


This summary is designed only as a general reference. For more information on all benefits, contact the Office of Human Resources at (609) 984-1114 or via email at [email protected].

Additional information on the N.J. State Health Benefits Program, prescription drug, vision care, dental, retirement plan, life insurance, additional tax-deferred contributions, Tax$ave and long-term care may also be obtained from the N.J. Division of Pension and Benefits.