Benefits Eligibility


If your employment status is: You are eligible for these benefits:
Full-time Staff, Regular or Affiliate Faculty Group insurance programs: medical, dental, prescription drug, life, accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability; retirement plan; flexible spending accounts; tuition waiver for employee and family members; worker's compensation and paid and unpaid leave
Staff Member working 30-39 hours a week Group insurance programs: medical, dental, prescription drug, life, accidental death and dismemberment, long-term disability; retirement plan; flexible spending accounts; tuition waiver for employee only; worker's compensation and pro-rated leave programs
Staff Member working 19-29 hours a week Retirement plan, worker's compensation and prorated leave programs
 Staff Member working less than 19 hours a week  Worker's compensation
Retiree (minimum age 55 with 10 years of service, and AGE + YEARS OF SERVICE = at least 75) Group health insurance program up to age 65; Medicare Advantage and supplemental insurance exchange for retirees age 65 and older

 

Definition of Spouse
In compliance with recent United States Supreme Court precedent, the term "spouse" for federal tax purposes, and for other federally mandated benefits, including the Family Medical Leave Act, shall include a same sex spouse where the marriage is legally recognized in the State where the marriage was performed.

For most employer-provided benefits, however, federal law does not compel benefit plans to provide coverage for same sex spouses. In keeping with past practice of the University, Texas law (which does not recognize same sex marriage), and the teachings of the Catholic Church, the term "spouse" is defined as a legally recognized union between a man and a woman, including properly executed and legally authorized common law marriages.

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