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Adjuncts Employees

One of the important components of your employment is your eligibility to participate in the Benefits programs at Hunter College. Below is a summary of the programs available to Adjuncts and the eligibility requirements:

All CUNY Benefits forms can be found on the University Benefits Website (Click here)

Health Insurance
United States Savings Bonds
Pension Plan
Waiver of Tuition Fees
Tax-Deferred Annuity Plans
Workers' Compensation
Jury Duty
How To Request Benefits for Adjunct Employees
Paid Leave

Health Insurance

Adjuncts will be eligible to enroll into the NYC health plans.· The health plans available are Aetna HMO, Cigna Healthcare, Empire EPO, Empire HMO, GHI-CBP/EBCBS, GHI HMO, HIP Prime HMO, HIP Prime POS, Vytra. Health Insurance applications must be recieved within 30 days of your appointment.

  • Teaching Adjuncts must have taught one or two courses in the previous two semesters and at least two courses and six hours per week in the current semester and maintain this going forward.
  • Non-Teaching Adjuncts must have worked 15 hours per week in the previous two semesters and work 15 hours per week each semester going forward.
  • Summer and Winter session is not included.

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Pension Plan

You are eligible to enroll in the NYC Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS); however, enrollment/membership is optional.· TRS is a defined benefit plan for which you would contribute 3% to 6% depending on your gross salary for the duration of your employment and requires ten (10) years of full-time credited service credit in order to be vested.

TRS will prorate part-time teaching service based on one year of service credit for 360 hours worked per year.· For part-time, non-teaching service, TRS will prorate the service based on one year of service credit for 900 hours worked per year.

· www.trs.nyc.ny.us.

 


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Tax-Deferred Annuity Plans

You may participate in a tax-deferred annuity (TDA) program plan with NYC Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) if you are a TRS member or TIAA- CREF.· The (TDA) program allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars in a supplemental retirement account subject to a maximum IRS limit.· For information on the NYC TRS TDA plan, please contact TRS directly at 1 (888) 8-NYC-TRS (1-888-869-2877).· For Information on the TIAA-CREF ·TDA plan, please call 1 (866) 277-7957.

New York State Deferred Compensation 457 (b) Plan

The NYSDCP 457 (b) Plan is a voluntary, supplemental retirement savings plan offered by the New York State.· Employees have two options:

Tax-Deferred contributions – not subject to current federal or New York State income taxes; contributions and any earnings grow tax deferred; withdrawals will be taxed as ordinary income when you may be in a lower tax bracket (generally at retirement).

Roth After-Tax Contributions – contributions are made after tax so withdrawals are tax free (as long as you are at least age 59 ½ ·and do not take withdrawals from your Roth account for at least five years after your first Roth contribution is made to the plan).· For applications, please visit your Human Resources/Benefits Office in the East building, Room E1504.

 

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Jury Duty

You are entitled to receive your regular salary provided that you serve during your normal work hours and remit to the Human Resources Office proof of jury duty attendance. You should notify your departmental chair or director of such service. If the jury service does not conflict with your assignment, you will be expected to work as scheduled.

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Paid Leave

Adjuncts and Non-Teaching Adjuncts may be excused without loss of pay for personal illness or personal emergencies including religious observance, death in the immediate family or similar personal needs which cannot be postponed for a period of 1/15 of the total number of clock hours in the particular session or semester.· Request for such leave, where possible, must be made in advance, in writing.

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United States Savings Bonds

The United States Savings Bond Program allows employees to purchase series EE and I savings bonds through payroll deduction. Employees may join this plan by calling the National Bond and Trust Company at 1-800-426-9314 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. You must inform the customer service representative that your agency code is 70031.

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Waiver of Tuition Fees

An adjunct is eligible for tuition remission of up to one course if he or she has taught one or more courses in the same department at the same college for ten consecutive semesters (not including summer sessions) and is appointed to teach a course of not fewer than three contact hours per week per semester.· A Teaching Adjunct is eligible for a waiver for either one undergraduate or graduate course in the fall or spring semester.· Tuition waiver is not available in the summer or winter session.

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Workers' Compensation Plan

The Workers’ Compensation plan provides for health benefits and disability pay if you are injured in the performance of your College duties.· You must report work-related injuries to the Human Resources Office and complete the required Workers’ Compensation forms.· The workers’ compensation Division of the Law Department of the City of New York will notify you if your injury is covered.

The Benefits Office is available to answer any questions you may have and to assist you in making your selections.· Feel free to call us for an appointment at 212-772-4517 or 212-772-4516 or 212-396-6470.· Our offices are located in the East Building, room E1504

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How to Request Benefits for Adjunct Employees

For information regarding eligibility, please visit the Benefits Office at E1504. If you are teaching at more than one college, the Personnel Officer at each school has to certify your eligibility.

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