This information is designed to be a brief highlight of the benefits offered for employment with Florida Gulf Coast University and is subject to change. For additional information or details on any of these benefit items, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (239) 590-1400.
There are 13 paid holidays per year: Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, Winter Break (4 business days between Dec. 25 and Jan. 1), New Year's Day, Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Memorial Day. Additionally, Support Personnel employees are authorized a Personal Day which must be used by no later than June 30.
Accrue four hours per bi-weekly pay period up to 5 years service. Accrue five hours bi-weekly with 5 to 10 years creditable service. Accrue six hours bi-weekly with over 10 years creditable service. Part-time employees accrue leave proportionate to the percentage of their appointment. There is a maximum accrual of 240 hours as of December 31. Employees may accrue annual leave in excess of the year end maximum during a calendar year. Accrued leave over 240 hours as of December 31 shall be converted to sick leave. Upon separation an employee shall be paid for up to the year end maximum of 240 hours.
Accrue four hours per bi-weekly pay period. (Proportional accrual for less than full-time employees.) No maximum accrual. Employees hired on or before September 30, 2013 who separate from employment after 10 years of creditable Florida Gulf Coast University service, will be paid for one-fourth of his/her unused accumulated sick leave, up to a maximum of 480 hours. However, employees whose hire date is on or after October 1, 2013 shall not be paid for any unused sick leave upon separation from the University.
Sick Leave Pool
Click here to obtain information on our sick leave pool.
The tuition voucher is available to full-time FGCU employees, in an established position and /or on approved educational leave with or without pay, for FGCU courses only. Employees may take up to six credit hours of course work per term. Employees may assign this benefit to an eligible spouse and/or dependent who is enrolled in an undergraduate degree seeking program at FGCU. Registration is not subject to space availability, therefore employees may register according to the dates published in the Schedule of Classes. The guidelines, procedures and form for the FGCU Employee Tuition Voucher Program are available on the HR Forms page or by clicking here.
Election Day - maximum of two hours based upon polling location.
Examinations & Interviews for State Employment - no limit.
Bereavement (Death in Immediate Family) - two days.
Jury Duty -Shall not exceed the number of hours in the employee’s normal workday. If it does not require absence for the entire workday, the employee shall return to work immediately upon release by the court.
Under certain circumstances, other kinds of absences from work may be authorized for Support Personnel employees. Contact Human Resources for additional information.
Health Insurance- Pre tax
Must enroll within 60 days of employment or during open enrollment period. Coverage is effective on the first day of a month after enrollment and premiums are paid in advance by payroll deduction. There are four health insurance options offered. State Employees' PPO administered by Florida Blue and United Healthcare HMO. The monthly rate for Individual coverage is $50.00 and $180.00 for Family coverage. Prescription Drug Plan provides up to a 30-day supply of a prescription medication for $50.00 co-payment for non-preferred brand medication, $30.00 co-payment for preferred brand medication and a $7.00 co-payment for generic medication from participating pharmacies. Mail Service Pharmacy allows for up to a 90-day supply for $100.00 co-payment for non-preferred brand medication, $60.00 for preferred brand and $14.00 for generic medication. High Deductible PPO and HMOs with Health Savings Account option. The monthly rate for individual coverage is $15.00 and $64.30 for Family coverage. High Deductible plans also include prescription drug coverage and mail order option; see State Employees' Group Health Insurance Plan Booklet for more information. Insurance premiums will be prorated for less than full time employment.
State Basic Term Life Insurance - Pre-tax
A $25,000 group term life and accidental death and dismemberment policy. The University pays 100% of the cost of the coverage for full-time employees and contributes toward coverage for part-time employees on a pro-rated basis according to their percentage of employment.
State Optional Term Life Insurance– Non Pre-tax
Employees may enhance the basic life coverage by selecting amounts from one to seven times base annual salary, up to a maximum of $1,000,000. Although this is an "employee-pay-all" benefit, the premiums are extremely competitive. Based on the level of coverage selected, medical underwriting may be required.
Supplemental Insurance- Pre-tax
Supplemental insurances include several dental insurance options - Humana, United Healthcare, Assurant, CIGNA and Ameritas; one vision plan through Humana; two cancer/intensive care insurance options - AFLAC or Colonial Life; two supplemental health options - Alta or New Era; accident/disability insurance from Colonial Life. These are all pre-tax benefits available to state employees at group rates.
SUS Long Term Disability- Non Pre-tax
Long Term Disability is offered by The Standard through the Gabor Agency. This policy pays 60% of your income tax-free to a maximum of $15,000 per month payable to Social Security Normal Retirement age. Employees may select between a 30 day or 90 day elimination period. The 30 day option costs $.85 per $100 of monthly pay; the 90 option costs $.59 per $100 of monthly pay. Employee must elect this supplemental option within the first 90 days of employment. Please note, it is not customarily available for enrollment during the annual open enrollment period.
SUS Long Term Care - Non Pre-tax
Offered by John Hancock through the Gabor Agency this policy provides benefits to help you and your family manage cost of long term care services that may be needed when you can no longer perform normal activities of daily living.
Additional life insurance options are available through the Gabor Agency.
Electronic Direct Deposit
Florida Statute requires mandatory participation in the Direct Deposit Program for all employees hired on or after July 1, 1996. Employees must complete a Direct Deposit Authorization Form within thirty days of employment. This program is available at any financial institution. OPS (temporary employees) are encouraged but not required to participate.
Tax Deferred Annuities- Pre-tax
The university offers a tax sheltered annuity program which allows employees the opportunity to save an amount from each salary warrant and postpone payment of taxes on that amount until a later date. Brochures are available for VALIC, TIAA-CREF, Jefferson National, Voya, and MetLife. The name of company representatives may be obtained from Human Resources.
Another significant benefit that you receive as a university employee is membership in the Florida Retirement System (FRS). The FRS provides two retirement options: the Pension Plan and the Investment Plan.
The FRS Pension Plan is a defined benefit plan. Contributions are made to the Pension Plan by the University based on the employee's FRS membership class. Employees are required to make a 3% contribution. The Pension Plan requires 8 years of creditable service to vest and receive a retirement benefit. This system is combined with Social Security to assist you by providing an income for your later years or for an unforeseen disability. Once vested, you may retire at age 65 and receive full benefits or at an earlier age with reduced benefits. You may retire at any age after 30 years of service with no reduction in benefit. The monthly benefit payment you will receive when you retire depends on your years of creditable service and the average income of the eight highest years (fiscal year) during your covered employment.
The FRS Investment Plan is a defined contribution plan. The University contributions are based on your salary and your FRS membership class (Regular Class, Special Risk Class, etc.) Employees are required to make a 3% contribution. The Investment Plan requires 1 year of creditable service to vest (i.e. own the assets in your Investment Plan account.) The Investment Plan directs contributions to individual member accounts, and you allocate your contributions and account balance among various investment funds. Your Investment Plan retirement benefit is based on the value of your account. Unlike the Pension Plan, there is no guaranteed benefit level at retirement.
Medical and Dependent Day Care Reimbursement Plans- Pre-tax
Lets you pay for eligible medical and/or eligible dependent day-care expenses on a pre-tax basis. The annual election amount you choose to set aside is automatically deducted from your gross salary and is deducted for the remaining pay periods for the calendar year. The annual maximum contribution is $2,550 for medical reimbursement. The annual maximum contribution is $5,000 for Dependent Day Care if you are single, or married and filing jointly on your income tax, or $2,550 if you are married filing separately on your income tax. The federal government has placed restrictions on reimbursement accounts. One restriction, referred to as "Use It or Lose It," requires that any money remaining in your account(s) after you have submitted all your claims for the Plan Year will be forfeited. Employees must enroll within 60 days of your employment, during open enrollment period or within 31 days of a change in family/employment status.
Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union provides services to university employees. Payroll deduction is available. An ATM machine is located on the first floor of Howard Hall.
Twenty-five percent discount on selected items. Present your staff identification card to cashier to receive discount.
State Deferred Compensation- Pre-tax
Voluntary supplemental retirement (457) plan offered by the State of Florida. You are allowed to shelter a portion of your annual gross salary from Federal taxes, while your money is forwarded to your chosen Investment Provider. Your Investment Provider directs your money to your chosen investment vehicle, where your account grows tax-free.
Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993
Federal law that requires the University to provide up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave during a 12-month period for the employee's own serious illness, birth of a child, care of a spouse, child or parent with a serious illness. See policy 3.039