The Human Resources Department seeks to provide the benefit, payroll, employee relations, and policy administration services necessary for Troy University to attract, motivate, and keep quality employees to support the ongoing university mission of coeducational, undergraduate and graduate education, and public service.
10% EMPLOYEE PREMIUM INCREASE FOR 2017!!!!!! – The cost of Troy health care costs have risen by over $2 million in the past five years. During that time, the University has absorbed 100% of the increased costs and not increased premium rates for employees. Unfortunately, for 2017, part of that cost must be passed on to employees. Therefore, effective January 1, 2017, premiums for employees will increase by 10%. The new premiums can be found in the 2017 Employee Benefit Guide.
HRA (Health Reimbursement Account) Being Discontinued – Again, due to the escalating costs of health insurance, the University can no longer afford the Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRA’s). All HRA accounts will be closed effective December 31, 2016. However, employees will have until February 28, 2017 to file for eligible reimbursements for expenditures that were incurred through December 31, 2016.
FSA (Flexible Spending Account) expense filing information
All FSA claims for 2016 must be submitted in hard copy to ABS if your debit card is not working for some reason and you had to pay from your pocket. You can file these claims to ABS by mail or fax after January 1, 2017. You may file for reimbursement for 2016 expenses through February 28, 2017 using the ABS Claim Form. After this date, a maximum of $500 will be rolled forward into your FSA for use in 2017. If you get you ABS FSA card in the mail in December, it cannot be used until January 1, 2017 or later. If you have any problems, please call the ABS call center published in the 2017 Benefit Guide on pages 20-21. If you still have problems please contact Human Resources at 670-3710.
New Health Benefits – Even with the increased employee premiums, there are some benefits coming for employees who are on the University health insurance program. These include the following:
You may make changes to your demographic information or beneficiary designations at any time throughout the year. Demographic changes include the following:
If you have a qualifying life event, you must notify The Enrollment Center and provide necessary documentation within 30 days of the event. If you do not do so, you must wait until the next Open Enrollment to make any changes to your benefits.
Participation in the TRS is mandatory if a person is employed in a position eligible for coverage in a non-temporary capacity on at least a one-half time basis earning at least the federal minimum wage. Once enrolled, the member must continue participation until employment is terminated. TRS is the primary retirement plan for University employees and requires a contribution based on Tier l or Tier 2.
Members with any service prior to January 1, 2013, are classified as Tier 1 participants.
Members hires on or after January 1, 2013, are classified as Tier 2 participants.
Employees planning to retire should notify the Office of Human Resources 90 days prior to the retirement date so that appropriate documents may be prepared.
Full-time classified staff earn 3.12 hours of annual leave per bi-weekly pay period. Full-time professional staff earn 8 hours of annual leave per month. Faculty and part-time employees are not eligible for annual leave. A complete description of leave benefits is covered in the TROY Staff Handbook.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield is the carrier for both basic and major medical health and dental insurance. Employees may elect coverage under the Blue Cross/Blue Shield PMD (Preferred Medical Doctor) Benefit.
A list of Blue Cross/Blue Shield preferred providers can be found at Blue Cross/Blue Shield (select the "Find Healthcare Provider" link in the BC/BS Website). Additional plan information can be found by clicking the following links.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield PRIME Therapeutics is the carrier for prescription coverage. Additional plan information can be found at www.bcbsal.com and clicking on pharmacy.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Coverage is "carved out" of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Plan. This benefit is provided by Behavioral Health Systems. Benefits are available to all persons enrolled and eligible under a Troy University-sponsored medical plan. To qualify for coverage, you must be pre-certified and referred through Behavioral Health Systems. It is your responsibility to make sure that approval is received from BHS before treatment. If you do not receive approval, no benefits will be paid.
To Access Benefits: Call 1-800-245-1150 or visit their website at www.behavioralhealthsystems.com. Member login is Troysu.
Effective January 1, 2013, Troy University employees enrolled in Blue Cross Blue Shield will be assessed an annual charge of $228 ($19 per month) for the usage of tobacco products. To avoid this surcharge, you must submit this Tobacco Usage certification documenting that you and any of your covered dependents have not used tobacco products in the past 6 months.
Members of the Troy University Health Insurance Plan now have access to BeHealthy.com. This wellness benefit provides members with personalized information and tools to help them take control of their health. Among the benefits of the program are the following:
Life insurance equal to one times annual salary up to a maximum of $100,000. You are not subject to any co-pay charge and your life insurance coverage will end when you terminate employment or retire. Age Reduction Coverage will apply commencing at age 60. Accidental death and dismemberment coverage is also included.
Life Insurance Certificate
Travel Assistance and Employee Assistance Program - available free to regular full-time TROY employees.
Immediately upon employment, full-time and part-time employees may elect to contribute to the Troy University supplemental retirement program on a non-matching basis. Eligibility for the matching portion of this plan requires one year of full-time employment. An employee may choose either TIAA/CREF or Lincoln National as a supplemental retirement plan carrier. Employees eligible for the matching portion of this program may not split the match between both companies. It is the employee’s responsibility to contact Human Resources after completing the one year eligibility period to process paperwork for the University match.
Participants must contribute 3% or more of their salary. Employees eligible for TROY's matching program will receive a match of 3% on a maximum of $18,000.00 of salary ($540.00 annual maximum [$45.00 monthly for a 12 month employee; $54.00 monthly for a 10 month employee]).
An employee who earns $60,535.00 or more is considered "highly compensated" and does not qualify for TROY's match. Once an employee reaches highly compensated, and the Troy matching is discontinued, it will not be reinstated if the employee reverts back to a salary below the highly compensated level. Employees may still participate at the non-matching level.
Troy University provides both 403b and 457b retirement savings plans. Each year, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) sets a limit on the amount of money you can voluntary contribute on a pretax basis to these optional retirement savings plans. These limits apply to all pretax contributions you make to any plan/plans at the University and any other employer you might have during the year.