Joliet Junior College offers a generous array of benefits to employees that are effective upon the date of hire. The goal of our program is to offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package intended to attract and retain talent while enhancing a healthy work/life balance for our employees and their families.
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In this section, you will find tools, resources, and information that will help you evaluate the benefits of working for JJC. This is tended to be a summary, detailed information related to your specific benefits package and current costs will be provided to you as a new hire and annually during the open enrollment.
The goal of our program is to offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits package intended to attract and retain talent while enhancing a healthy work/life balance for our employees and their families.
These benefits are available to all full-time employees and their dependents who meet specific eligibility requirements.
Health, Dental, Vision and Prescription Benefits
These benefits are available to all full-time employees and their dependents who meet specific eligibility requirements. In general, the plan allows coverage for an employee’s legal spouse or civil union partner and/or children, including biological, adopted or step children, covered from birth to age 26, or who meet other legal requirements.
JJC offers a comprehensive and competitive health benefits package which includes medical and dental through Blue Cross Blue Shield. We provide both a PPO and an HMO option for medical coverage.
Benefits also with Blue Cross Blue Shield. Two dental plans are offered at JJC. Based on your individual needs, you may select coverage provided through one of the following:
- The traditional dental plan is provided at no cost to the employee
- The buy-up dental plan provides additional coverage for a minimal monthly premium.
Not only do you get discounts and some annual eye exam benefits under the BCBS medical JJC also includes free coverage for vision through VSP when you purchase your medical benefits.
For the medical coverage (medical, core dental and vision are bundled together for one cost. For the current fiscal year, employee contributions for the health, dental and vision plan are a minimum of $5.00 per pay period and a maximum of $74.29 per pay period; based on employee earnings.
Flexible Spending Account
Joliet Junior College offers a Flexible Spending program that allows you to put money into a savings account that you use to pay for certain out-of-pocket health and dependent care costs. Allowable expenses are dictated by Section 125 of the Internal Revenue Code and include deductibles, copays, vision expenses and childcare expenses. The dollars you put into the account are pretax, reducing your taxable income. Please see your Benefits Department for updated IRS annual maximum contribution amounts.
- You may elect to put up to the IRS designated annual maximum in the Health FSA; minimum $200.
- You can use funds in your FSA to pay for your (or your dependent’s) qualified medical, dental, vision, prescription expenses such as deductibles and copayments. You do not need to be enrolled in Joliet Junior College’s health plan to enroll in the flexible spending program.
Dependent Care FSA
- You may elect to put up to the IRS designated annual maximum in the Dependent Care FSA; minimum $200.
- A dependent care flexible spending account allows you to be reimbursed for qualified child care and dependent care expenses using pretax dollars.
Allied Flex Debit Cards - Health FSA Only
The Allied Flex debit card makes using and managing an FSA quick and convenient. In addition, acting as a simple, one-swipe tool that does away with cash copays and claims submission, The Flex Debit Card management page on Allied’s secure website allows members to track their Flex account expenses, balances and claims from anywhere, anytime.
State Universities Retirement System (SURS
Once you are deemed to be eligible for SURS participation, eight percent (8%) of your gross earnings including earnings for overtime and summer sessions are automatically deducted from your paycheck. Police officers have special rules that allow them to contribute 9.5% of gross earnings. Full-time community college employees pay an additional 0.5% of earnings to fund a health insurance plan devised for community college retirees.
The contributions you make to SURS will not be subject to Federal taxes until you begin to withdraw funds following your retirement. An employee who first becomes a SURS member (or other eligible Illinois reciprocal system) on or after 1/1/2011 is considered a Tier 2 member under the retirement plan. Please note SURS Members do not participate in Social Security.
SURS Retirement Plans Options
The State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS) provides retirement, disability, death, and survivor benefits to eligible SURS participants and annuitants. SURS members must choose one of three retirement options; the Traditional Benefit Package, the Portable Benefit Package, or the Self- Managed Plan (SMP).
SURS will send an information packet directly to your home within approximately 4–6 weeks after your initial SURS eligibility date. You have six months from your initial date of eligibility to select one of three retirement plans; and return your election form to SURS. The choice is permanent and cannot be changed. If a new member fails to choose within six months, they will be permanently enrolled in the Traditional Benefit Package.
Qualifying employees have many programs in place to support them during times of illness and injury. Examples of potential leave plans include:
- Personal Leave
- Bereavement Leave
- Jury Duty
- Military Leave
- Floater Holiday
Vacation Time is offered to full-time employees and accrues based on the collective bargaining agreement to which the position adheres.
- Independence Day
- Labor Day
- Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Day after Thanksgiving
- Day before Christmas
- Christmas Day
- Day after Christmas
- New Year’s Eve Day
- New Year’s Day
- Martin Luther King’s Birthday
- President’s Day
- Good Friday
- Memorial Day
Life Insurance and Long Term Disability
Joliet Junior College provides Basic Life and AD&D coverage to each active, full-time employee at no cost.
Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
Joliet Junior College provides Basic Life and AD&D coverage to each active, full-time employee at no cost. The Life coverage pays a sum of money at the death of the insured person and the AD&D policy pays benefits to the beneficiary if the cause of death is an accident.
Supplemental Life and AD&D Insurance
Each active, full-time employee is eligible to enroll in this Supplemental Life and AD&D coverage. Employee and Spouse coverage is from $10,000 to $750,000 in increments of $10,000. Employee coverage may not exceed 7 times his/her annual salary, and Spouse may not exceed the Employee’s coverage amount.
Child coverage is offered at $2,500, $5,000, $7,500, or $10,000. Additional benefits include Accelerated Death Benefit, Living Benefit Rider, and Bereavement Counseling.
- New Hires Guarantee Issue – no medical exam required
- Waiver of Premium – premiums are waived if you should become totally disabled
- Portable – keep insurance if you later become ineligible
- Conversion Privilege – you can convert your coverage to an individual insurance policy without having to furnish proof of good health
This AD&D coverage is a convenient, affordable measure of protection for you and your family against the very aspects of life no one wants to think about, let alone plan for.
This coverage is convertible and includes Exposure & Disappearance Coverage, Reserve National Guard Benefit, and Seat Belt/Air Bag Benefit.
Voluntary Long-Term Disability Benefit
This Voluntary LTD program is a supplement to your SURS gap to 65% benefit (non-tax) until the age of 65. Each active, full-time employee earning an annual salary of at least $10,000 is eligible for this coverage. Included is a Survivor Benefit and Conversion Privilege. It is subject to a Pre-Existing Condition Limitation of 6/6/24 that states that a pre-existing condition is any condition for which you:
- 6 Months - received treatment in the 6 months immediately prior to coverage effective date
- 6 Months - received in the 6 months immediately following effective date
- 24 Months - are receiving ongoing treatment
Newly eligible employees can add LTD without evidence of insurability during their first 31 days of employment.
Discounts and Other Services
As a courtesy, additional services and discounts are made available to Joliet Junior College employees. Courtesy discounts are subject to change or discontinuation by the provider at any time, and the College may remove discount offers without notice. These goods and services are not endorsed, guaranteed, or arranged by Joliet Junior College. Employees are responsible for checking goods or services offered.
Cell Phone Discounts
Cellular phone discounts are offered for all current and active employees. Cell phone carriers participating in the cell phone discount program include:
Discounts range from 17-19% are only applicable to service and is subject to the terms and conditions of the cell phone provider.
Computer Hardware, Software & Accessories
JJC on the Hub : Students, faculty and staff are eligible to receive significant discounts on software such as MS Office, Adobe Creative Cloud and more.
JJC Apple Store: Students, faculty and staff are eligible to purchase Apple products at discount prices using the JJC Apple Store.
Joliet Junior College Automotive Repair
The Joliet Junior College Automotive Repair shop boasts a state-of-the-art facility and is the premier automotive training program in the Midwest. Students, faculty and staff have the privilege of receiving excellent automotive service, while going to work or school and at bargain rates.
Tuition waivers are granted to the employee, their spouse and dependents to enroll in credited courses at JJC. Tuition Waivers vary based on position, classification and the collective bargaining unit which the job adheres to. Employees are responsible for payment of student fees and books.
Joliet Junior College offers employees, family members and anyone significant to the employee an employee assistance benefits through Ceridian Lifeworks.
Life brings new ups and downs every day. From finding child or elder care or managing your personal finances, to getting help with a relationship or taking care of your health, LifeWorks offers fast, free, confidential help, 24/7. Employees can call anytime as many times as you want to speak with a caring, master’s level staff clinician with at least 5 years of clinical experience In addition to unlimited phone and internet assistance individuals are eligible for up to 3 face-to-face sessions per issue for assessment and short-term problem resolution. No limit to the number of issues per year.
No cost to the employee or their family.
Wellness (Wellness Works)
Joliet Junior College is serious about wellness and offers employees a variety of resources to help keep them healthy.
- Various Lunch & Learns on wellness related topics
- Benefits Fair
- Weight Watchers on Campus
- Yearly Wellness Screenings
- BCBS Members have Well onTarget
- Walking Maps/Trails
- JJC Wellness/Fitness Center
- Employees pay a modest fee per semester
- BCBS Members have access to Fitness Programs
- Tobacco-Free Campus Policy
- To promote a safe, clean, and healthy learning environment, Joliet Junior College prohibits the use of tobacco products inside College facilities, in all College vehicles and on all College property, except in personal vehicles. This includes the burning of any type of cigar, cigarette, pipe, electronic cigarettes, or any other smoking equipment. The use of smokeless/chewing tobacco is also prohibited.
Cost will vary
Joliet Junior College is very proud that so many of our faculty and staff stay with us for a number of years. Service longevity is recognized and celebrated each year. Employees who reach a landmark anniversary are recognized at the annual Service Recognition Celebration held in the early spring. The Celebration honors service award recipients from the previous calendar year and retirees from the current academic year.
For every five years of service, employees receive a special gemstone pin depicting their years of service. In addition, individuals celebrating 20, 25, 30 or 35 years of service and those who retire within the academic year have the opportunity to select a gift of their choice from a special gift catalog. The value of the gift increases with years of service.