Section IX. Benefits and Services

Benefits-eligible employees participate in a comprehensive set of State of Illinois and University of Illinois group benefits programs. Listed below is a brief description of many of the programs available. A comprehensive guide to these benefits can be found on the Employee Benefits section on the University Human Resources website.

A.    Child Care

The University of Illinois at Chicago offers child care to faculty, staff, and students at the Children’s Center, which is located on the west side of campus.  The Children’s Center provides full-day early childhood education services to 50 preschool children. The children range in age from two years nine months to six years. All children must be toilet trained.

As well as providing high quality, developmentally appropriate, full-day preschool services, the Children’s Center serves as a demonstration site for the constructivist early childhood curriculum developed by former UIC professors Constance Kamii and Rheta DeVries and based upon the theory of Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget. The Children’s Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

B.     Death/Dismemberment Benefits

Upon the death of a staff member who has been employed by the university for at least six months and is not, at the date of death, eligible to participate in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS) or any other publicly supported retirement system that pays a death benefit, a death benefit of $500 is payable by the University to his/her heirs or beneficiaries. Death, disability, and survivor benefits are provided for employees who are participants in the SURS if the requirements of that particular system are met.  Accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance is available to both employees eligible for benefits and their eligible dependents. Refer to NESSIE for further detailed information.

C.    Health Care/Medical/Dental/Vision

Employees of the University of Illinois receive a variety of State of Illinois, as well as University specific benefits. The State of Illinois benefits are provided by the Group Insurance Act of 1971, which gives the State of Illinois’ Department of Central Management Services (CMS) the authority and responsibility to design, administer, negotiate and/or contract for benefits. Any change in these benefits is decided upon by CMS and becomes effective for all State of Illinois employees.

Detailed information on Health Care/Medical/Dental/Vision benefits can be found in the Benefits Choice booklet or in NESSIE located at the following links:

D.    Life Insurance/Additional Life Insurance

All benefits-eligible employees receive basic term life insurance in an amount equal to their annual salary, at no cost to the employee.  For further details regarding eligibility and options for additional life, see the Life Insurance section in NESSIE.

E.     Long-Term Supplemental Disability Insurance Plan

This optional plan supplements the SURS Disability benefits (see Section VII, Item C (2) in this Handbook) should you become disabled due to sickness or injury. To be eligible for plan enrollment, you must be a SURS participant. The employee pays the full cost of this plan and monthly premiums are based on your age and monthly benefit amount. For further information access the link above.

F.     Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act

On July 12, 2001, Governor George H. Ryan signed a bill that was effective immediately creating the Nursing Mothers in the Workplace Act. This law applies to employees who need to express breast milk during working hours for the nourishment of their infants. This law is consistent with our desire to provide an environment that recognizes and supports the work/life needs of our employees. For further information access the link above.

G.    Retirement and Investment Plans

The University of Illinois offers a comprehensive retirement package to help plan for future financial stability. This includes participation in the State Universities Retirement System (SURS), two optional tax-deferred retirement plans (403(b) and 457 plans), and the opportunity to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds. There are a number of face-to-face retirement educational opportunities for you to attend. In addition to the face-to-face sessions available below, more comprehensive information can be found on the University of Illinois Human Resources website under Retirement and Investments Plans.

Retirement Orientation Overview Sessions – These sessions provide an overview of retirement and investment options at the University, including SURS and the 403(b) and 457 tax deferred plans. New faculty are encouraged to attend a session as soon as possible.

403(b) Seminars – These seminars are presented by representatives of the 403(b) investment companies. Seminars are generally offered twice a year at each campus, and cover various topics for beginning and more advanced investors.

403(b) and SURS SMP One-on-One Counseling – Representatives from the 403(b) Plan and the SURS Self-Managed Plan (SMP) investment companies are available on each campus on a monthly basis to hold free counseling appointments with participants and prospective participants in the 403(b) plan.

Chicago Campus: Retirement Planning Conference – This conference is held annually at the Chicago campus and offers sessions on SURS, income planning, and other topics. Refer to the Retirement Seminars page in NESSIE for information on available sessions.

H.    Civil Union and Domestic Partner Programs

The University currently provides health insurance for a same-sex and opposite-sex civil union partners through the State of Illinois Central Management Services (CMS). As of 6/1/2011, the domestic partner category ceased to be available.  For further information on the available benefits for civil union partners as well as dependent children of civil union partners, access the link above.

I.       Tuition Waivers

Under certain conditions, tuition waivers are offered both to University employees and to children of University employees. The tuition waiver benefits are for an employee attending one of the campuses of the University of Illinois or for a child of an employee attending one of the campuses of the University of Illinois or any campus of the Illinois Senior Public Universities.  For further information on the policies and eligibility requirements access the link above.

J.      Unemployment Insurance

Unemployment benefits are available as a matter of right to unemployed workers who meet state qualifying and eligibility requirements under the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). State laws vary regarding eligibility for benefits, amount of benefits, and amount of weeks during which benefits may be paid. Your unemployment insurance benefits may be fully taxable on your state and federal income tax returns. The Tax Reform Act of 1986 amended the law to make unemployment insurance benefits taxable if you are required to file a state or federal tax return.

You may apply for benefits online or by contacting one of the IDES office locations. Additional information regarding unemployment can be found in the brochure:  What Every Worker Should Know About Unemployment Insurance.

K.    Workers’ Compensation

The Office of Claims Management is responsible for investigation and management of workers’ compensation claims for all University of Illinois employees who are injured on the job, regardless of location and includes employees of statewide Cooperative Extension Service, Rockford and Peoria regional campuses of the College of Medicine, and those on the payroll of the University of Illinois working at remote locations.

If an on-the-job injury requires medical care, an employee should promptly seek medical assistance at the University of Illinois Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, 1740 W. Taylor Street, Chicago or call 312-996-7296.

An employee who is injured on the job must inform the employer promptly. See the Reporting section of the Workers’ Compensation website for further information.

Claims filed by employees of the University of Illinois will be adjusted according to the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.