Benefits

This series of pages will review the different benefits that are offered to the staff at the University. For any questions related to Benefits, please contact humanresources@arcadia.edu.

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Disability

All Full-Time employees are eligible for both short and long term disability coverage after one year of continuous employment. Short Term Disability plans provide income replacement, as well as continued healthcare coverage if you are unable to work due to a non-work related illness or injury.

For more information on Disability, please visit the Human Resources page on MyArcadia.

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Family and Medical Leave Act

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for the following reasons:

  • For incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care or child birth;
  • To care for the employee’s child after birth, or placement for adoption or foster care;
  • To care for the employee’s spouse, son or daughter, or parent, who has a serious health condition; or
  • For a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the employee’s job.

FMLA is not the same as Maternity/Parental/Adoption Leave.

For more information on FMLA, please visit MyArcadia.

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Flexible Spending Accounts

Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) enable employees to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible child/dependent care costs and/or out-of-pocket medical costs. This is accomplished through pay reductions, which lower your federal taxable income. Money set aside in the flexible spending accounts for dependent and health care costs is not subject to federal income taxes or FICA taxes, and is used to reimburse the employee for actual dependent care and health care costs paid. In addition, funds that are set aside for medical FSAs are also exempt from Pennsylvania state taxes.

There are two types of flexible spending accounts: Dependent Care Spending Accounts and Health Care (including dental and vision) Spending Accounts. Employees may set up one or both types of accounts. You are eligible to enroll within 30 days of your date of hire or at open enrollment, which has an effective date of November 1.

For more information, please visit MyArcadia.

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Health Savings Accounts

Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) are designed to help individuals save for future qualified medical and retiree health expenses on a tax-free basis.

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Life Insurance

All full-time employees are eligible to be enrolled in the Group Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Plan effective the first day of the month following their date of hire. The face value of the policy is 1-1/2 times the amount of base salary, and the entire premium is paid by Arcadia University. At age 65, the amount of coverage decreases to equal 67% of the amount of insurance you held prior to reaching age 65.

For more information, please visit MyArcadia.

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Maternity/Parental/Adoption Leave

Maternity Leave

Regular full-time employees of the University, with one year of continuous, full-time, active employment, will be entitled to receive 100% of salary for 15 working days surrounding the birth of the child. All benefits continue during this leave. Maternity leave must be requested of the immediate supervisor in writing, with a copy to the Director of Human Resources.  

In cases where pregnancy is complicated by other medical conditions and requires the employee to request short term disability support, the 15 days of paid maternity leave will be counted as part of the first 20 days of short term disability support. In addition to maternity leave the employee is also entitled to three weeks paid parental leave immediately following the maternity leave. The three weeks of parental leave must be taken consecutively.

Parental Leave

Arcadia University will provide three weeks paid parental leave to regular full-time, active employees who have given birth or whose spouse or domestic partner has given birth. To be eligible for paid parental leave the employee must have completed at least one year of continuous, full-time, active employment. Parental leave must be requested of the immediate supervisor in writing with a copy to Human Resources at least 30 days in advance of the commencement of the leave. The three weeks of parental leave must surround the birth of the child and must be taken consecutively.

Adoption Leave

Adoption Leave is a special application of Parental Leave. Three weeks paid adoption leave will be granted to employees adopting a child. To be eligible for paid adoption leave the employee must have completed at least one year of continuous, full-time, active employment. The three weeks of adoption leave must surround the adoption of the child and must be taken consecutively. All other provisions of the parental leave apply to adoption leave.

For more information, please visit MyArcadia.

 

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Medical/Dental/Vision/Rx

Arcadia University offers a variety of benefit plans to eligible employees ranging from HMO to High Deductible. You will have the option to “opt out” of benefits and receive ‘cashback’ in your paycheck.  The benefit plan year is November 1st to October 31st.  If dependent coverage is desired, the additional cost will be payroll deducted and will be taken on a pre-tax basis unless otherwise requested or prohibited by law.

For more information, please visit MyArcadia.

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Travel Accident Insurance

All full-time employees are eligible to be enrolled in the Group Travel Accident Insurance Plan effective the first day of employment. The travel accident insurance policy covers full-time employees in the event of an accident while traveling on official University business. The University pays the premium for this coverage.

This benefit is not available to part-time employees.

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Tuition Benefits

For a complete list of our tuition benefits, please visit the Tuition Benefits page on MyArcadia.

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Retirement

Immediately upon employment, employees are eligible to participate in the TIAA-CREF retirement plan offered through Arcadia University.

Employees who are scheduled to work at least 1,000 hours per year may now contribute a minimum of 1% of their base salary and the University will match their contribution dollar for dollar up to 6%. That is, if you wish to contribute 1% of your base salary, the University will make a matching contribution of 1%; if you wish to contribute 3%, the University will make a matching contribution of 3%, and so on, up to 6%. Those who contribute 6.5% or more of their base salary will receive an 8% contribution from the University. Eligible employees are 100% vested at their date of participation in the retirement program.

For more information, please visit MyArcadia.

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Unemployment

Arcadia University and its employees are subject to the regulations of the Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation Act.  This deduction is identified on your paycheck stub as "SUI" (State Unemployment Insurance). 

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Worker's Compensation

As required by state law, Arcadia University employees (including student workers) are covered by Workers' Compensation Insurance. Any injury on the job must be reported immediately to the Department of Public Safety, at 215-572-2999, who will dispatch an officer to the scene. The officer will render first aid, if needed, and in an emergency will call for an ambulance. The Public Safety officer will also notify your supervisor of the incident and complete an illness/injury report. The injured employee is required to contact the Office of Human Resources at 215-572-2788 as soon as practical after the injury, usually within 24 hours.

All injuries occurring at work must be treated for the first 90 days by one of the healthcare providers approved by the insurance company. Employee notices regarding work-related injuries, the list of approved healthcare providers, and the procedures to be followed, are posted on campus bulletin boards and are distributed to all employees. Employees who fail to use one of the approved treatment locations for the first 90 days may be responsible for payment of medical expenses incurred.

For more information, please visit MyArcadia.

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