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Employee Benefits  

Eligible full-time employees are provided a wide range of benefits. Some of the benefit premiums, or a portion thereof, may be sponsored by the College. Depending upon selections made, some plans may also require contributions from the employee. Premiums that are sponsored by the College may be subject to change. The College and/or ERS will notify employees of any changes as soon as possible.

A. Medical:
A comprehensive health insurance program (Health Select) is provided through ERS. The State/College will pay 100% of the insurance premiums for a full-time employee and 50% of the premiums for dependent coverage. There is a 90-day waiting period that begins on the first day of the month after the month employee is hired before an employee is eligible to enroll in the health insurance program.


B. Dental:
Dental insurance is available for benefit eligible employees and begins on the first day of employment. Eligible employees may select the Dental HMO or the State of Texas Dental Choice Plan. The College will pay 100% of the Dental HMO insurance premium for the full-time employee only. The employee pays 100% of the premiums for all eligible dependents in either plan and the remaining employee premium of the Dental Choice Plan.


C. Other Benefits:

Group life insurance
Group life insurance coverage may be taken in the amount equal to two (2) times the annual salary for the employee, without an Evidence of Insurability (EOI). Additional life insurance, up to four (4) time annual salary, may be purchased at the employee’s expense with Evidence of Insurability (EOI).

Long-term and short-term disability
Through long-term and short-term disability insurance coverage programs, eligible employees may receive a portion of their monthly income if they become disabled, are unable to work, and exhaust all sick leave benefits. This coverage is available to eligible employees only during the first 31 days of employment without going through the Evidence of Insurability (EOI) process.

Employee Assistance Referral Service (EARS)
Northeast Texas Community College recognizes that personal problems can influence an employee's attendance, punctuality, judgment, behavior, and job performance. The use of illegal drugs, the abuse of alcohol, family problems, and other emotional, psychiatric, or physical problems can have an adverse impact on an employee's ability to function effectively on the job.

The EARS program is established as a self-help initiative for employees, spouses, and family members.


Flexible Spending Accounts
The College participates in a Section 125 Flexible Health Care and Dependent Care Program through ERS. Upon employment, the employee may enter into a written agreement with the College and ERS that a pre-tax payroll deduction be made to fund a Health Care Spending and/or Dependent Care Spending Account.

The employee may use the tax-free money from these accounts to pay for eligible health expenses not reimbursed under the employee’s medical and dental plans, or to pay for eligible child care expenses. The process of entering into a written agreement needs to be repeated prior to September 1 for each subsequent calendar year in which an employee wishes to fund such accounts.

D. Retirement:
All eligible employees are enrolled in either the Texas Teachers Retirement System (TRS) or Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). TRS is a defined benefit plan administered by the Teachers Retirement System of the State of Texas. ORP is a defined contribution plan administered applicable vendor and legislated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Only full-time faculty, administrators and professional/technical staff are eligible to participate in ORP.

Before you choose your retirement plan, please read: Overview of ORP and TRS


Voluntary Tax Deferred Programs:
Employees may elect to participate in a voluntary Tax-Deferred Program by purchasing deferred annuity contracts or custodial accounts from a College approved vendor. Such custodial accounts or annuity contracts are acquired under 16 Section 403(B) and 457(b) of the Internal Revenue Code. Employees electing to contribute an amount to purchase a tax deferred annuity contract or custodial account will sign a salary reduction agreement, which will be effective only for contributions made.

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This page last updated by A. Adkins on 10/08/2012

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