Benefits eligibility and enrollment

Benefit earning employees

Benefit-eligible employees are those employees who work full- or part-time in a regular or limited duration position and whose standard hours are at least 20 hours per week.

Some temporary positions also provide benefits, including limited duration appointments that exceed six months and have standard hours of 20 or more per week; and grant, trainee, and unclassified positions that are defined to include benefits.

Some benefits for part-time employees are pro-rated based on the number of hours worked.

Under the Affordable Care Act, health insurance is offered to limited duration appointments that are 6 months or less and have standard hours of 30 or more per week.

Benefit earning employees may participate in

  • Health insurance 
  • Dental insurance
  • Vision insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Short term disability insurance*
  • Long term disability insurance*
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Health care savings plan
  • Deferred compensation
  • Bus card program
  • Employee assistance program
  • MERSC
  • Minnesota Benefits Association
  • PERA
  • HealthWorks

*Employees must have standard hours of 30 or more per week to be eligible for short- and long-term disability benefits. Trainee positions are excluded from short and long term disability benefits.

Non-benefit earning employees may participate in

  • Deferred compensation (as long as check is large enough for the deduction to be taken)
  • Bus card program (depends on employee status)
  • Employee assistance program
  • MERSC
  • Minnesota Benefits Association
  • PERA (mandatory when employee earns more than $5,100 in any calendar year)
  • HealthWorks
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When your insurance takes effect

Health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance start the first of the month after your first day of work or after the first day you start earning benefits. For example, if your first day of work is February 15, your insurance starts March 1. Flexible spending accounts start the date you sign up for them.
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