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11.0 Benefits General Information
Benefits provided by the College are many and varied, and are a part of your total compensation. All regular employees working at least 1,511 hours over a 12 month period (.75 FTE) are considered to be full-time employees and are eligible for full-time benefits. All regular employees working less than 1,511 hours over a twelve month period are considered to be part-time employees and may be eligible for part-time benefits, some of which are calculated on a prorated basis. An employee who is identified as a temporary employee is not considered to be a regular employee. Temporary employees in a limited job status working more than six months receive benefits based on full-time or part-time status. Some benefits have specific eligibility requirements. Temporary employees working six months or less, may be eligible for the following benefits:
- Worker's Compensation
- Social Security
- Business Travel Accident Insurance
- Liability Insurance
- Bone Marrow Donor Leave
- School Conference Leave
- Unpaid Jury Duty Leave
- Election Judge Leave
Employees who are paid with funds that are not a part of the College's on-going budget such as grants, are considered to be on "soft" money. The following guidelines for vacation and medical leave benefits apply to employees on "soft" money:
- Soft money appointments must be more than six months. The employee must work a minimum of 15 hours per week (may be in combination with other soft money appointments and/or regular staff appointment).
- The employee must take paid time off during the soft money appointment period, to be used as accumulated. No cash payout or carryover at the end of the appointment will be allowed.
Macalester's benefit policy allows unmarried but committed domestic partners (same and opposite sex) access to the College's benefit plans. The College recognizes as committed domestic partners any two adults who have chosen to share one another's lives in an intimate and committed relationship of mutual caring and who execute the Declaration of Domestic Partnership and meet the requirements therein. To be eligible for domestic partner benefits, an employee and his or her partner must sign a Declaration of Domestic Partnership. The Declaration is solely for the purpose of determining eligibility for benefits, and is available from the Employment Services Department.
For information about benefits, see the descriptions below, and review carefully the insurance booklets, certificates and Summary Plan Descriptions provided by the Employment Services Department. You may contact the Employment Services Department for further assistance.