Frequently asked questions

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Benefits | Employment | Payroll

Benefits

Health/Dental Insurance
Leave Time/Time Off
Life Insurance
Retirement Benefits
Medical Reimbursement and Dependent Care Accounts
Family Medical Leave
Worker’s Compensation
Miscellaneous


Health/Dental Insurance

When do my benefits begin?
First of the month coinciding with or next following the date of hire.

Is my doctor/dentist participating in our health/dental plans?
You can check if your doctor and/or dentist is participating in our plans by visiting CIGNA’s website at www.cigna.com and click on Find a Doctor.

I have misplaced my medical/dental insurance ID card. How can I get replacement ID card?
Log into www.mycigna.com to verify your plan eligibility, coverage and order a new id card or print a temporary card

How/when can I add or drop health/dental insurance coverage?
Generally, you can only add or drop health and/or dental insurance coverage during our plans open enrollment period, which is the first two weeks in December each year for a January 1st effective date. However, if a change in you or your spouse’s employment or a change of family status occurs, such as marriage, divorce, birth, or death, then coverage may be added or dropped during the plan year provided the request is made within 30 days of the event and provided the appropriate paperwork is received from you.

How do I add a new baby or a new spouse to my insurance plans?
You must notify Human Resources within 30 days of the event, provide a copy of the appropriate documentation (birth certificate/marriage license), and complete applicable enrollment forms.

Can I change my insurance elections mid year?
Changing coverage options  is only allowed during open enrollment.

Until what age are my dependent children covered for health/dental insurance?
Dependent children of participating employees may stay on the plan through the age of 26.

I’m leaving employment with the College. When does my health/dental insurance end?
For employees leaving the College, health/dental care coverage ends the last day of the month in which you last worked. (Continuation coverage, at your cost for up to a period of 18 months, may be available under the COBRA law.)


Leave Time/Time Off

How many days off do I get for a death in my family?
Any regular full-time or regular part staff may take up to five (5) working days of bereavement leave upon request. This leave is to be used to make arrangements for and to attend services for an immediate family member. (Immediate family member is understood to include mother, father, spouse, child, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, grandparents, grandchildren, stepchildren, any minor child for whom the employee is standing in loco parentis; and any relative or significant other living in the household of the employee. Bereavement days are meant to be taken consecutively.

One (1) day may be taken to attend the funeral of other relatives of the employee or for any friend living in the household. If additional time is required, earned time may be used.

I want to take time off from work unpaid. Is it allowed?
You must have earned time available to be able to take time off (excluding FMLA). Under special circumstances you may request an exception through the Assistant Director Human Resources.


Life Insurance

Can I increase the amount of my supplemental life insurance coverage at any time?
Yes, you can elect to purchase supplemental life insurance up to seven times your salary at any time after first becoming eligible, but it is subject to completion of the Evidence of Insurability form.

Can I change my beneficiary at any time?
Yes, you may change your life insurance beneficiary at any time by completing a Group Insurance Change Request.


Retirement Benefits

Can I change my individual contribution at anytime?
Yes, in accordance with applicable IRS guidelines, you may increase your annual contribution at any time. Simply complete the Salary Reduction Agreement and forward it to Human Resources.

I would like to change the funds to which my retirement contributions are applied. Do I need to see someone in Human Resources?
No, if you are participating in TIAA-CREF, you may reallocate your funds by accessing your account online or calling (800)842-2776; if you are participating in VALIC you may call Steve Barnes at (207)771-5466.


Medical Reimbursement and Dependent Care Accounts

Provided is a link to GDI website (http://gdynamic.com/participants.html) to review all the information related to these two accounts.


Family Medical Leave

I need to be out of work for a serious health condition, what do I need to do to request it?
In keeping with the requirements of the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993, an eligible employee may take up to 12 work weeks of family medical leave (FMLA) in a 12 month period.  You are required to give Human Resources 30 days notice of your need for family leave.  You will be provided a packet of information that will detail the process.

I’m expecting a baby and need to be out of work. How much leave time am I entitled to and what do I need to do to request it?
Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you may be eligible for up to 12 weeks off for the birth of a child. To apply for the leave, you are required to give Human Resources 30 days notice of your need for family leave.  You will be provided a packet of information that will detail the process.

My wife is expecting a baby. As a new father, am I entitled to any family leave?
Yes, for the birth of a child, a new parent may be eligible for up to 12 weeks of Family Medical Leave (FMLA). To apply for the leave, you are required to give Human Resources 30 days notice of your need for family leave.  You will be provided a packet of information that will detail the process.  Please note that if both parents are employed at the College, then they are entitled to a combined total of 12 work weeks of leave.


Worker’s Compensation

What is Worker’s Compensation?
Worker’s Compensation is a College paid program, which covers employees for loss of salary and medical expenses as a result of a work-related injury.

What is covered?
Doctor, hospital, and prescription costs are covered 100%. Worker’s Compensation also pays a percentage of your gross weekly wages if time lost from work exceeds more than seven consecutive days.

What should I do if I am injured at work?
All seriously injured personnel contact Security at ext. 7911 or 6687. Campus Security will respond and contact 911 for ambulance when necessary.

For non - emergency injuries employees should report to the Health and Wellness office for evaluation during their normal working hours. The medical staff member on duty will evaluate the symptoms or injury and recommend appropriate follow-up. If further medical attention is recommended, the Human Resource Office will refer the employee to the College’s Preferred Provider for evaluation.

Employee must complete an incident/accident form within 24 hours and submit it to the Human Resources Office. A follow up supervisor investigation report must be submitted to human resources within 72 hours.

How does Worker’s Compensation coordinate with my earned time, long term illness and Family Medical leave?
Worker’s Compensation runs concurrently with the provisions of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Maine law has a seven day waiting period for lost time claims. Those 7 days out of work will be charged to Long Term Illness (LTI).  Examples: if there were ten days of lost time, worker’s compensation will pay for three of the ten days; if there were 14 days of lost time worker’s compensation will pay retro back to the date of injury. Employees will need to make arrangements with HR to repay the College for the long term illness previously compensated for.


Miscellaneous

How do I know if my workstation is set up properly?
Contact Carlene Lemieux at Ext. 7754 to request an ergonomic audit of your workstation. A recommendation will be made to your supervisor based on the outcome of the audit.

Where would I search on our website for Employee Handbook and Policy information?

Click on the handbooks link on the left side of any Human Resources web page.

What do I need to do if I am called for Jury Duty?
Employees who, during their regular working hours, actively serving on jury duty or are under subpoena as a witness, when not a principal, continue to receive their regular pay. When requesting jury duty pay, employees should attach a copy of their subpoena to their time sheet. Please note on your timesheets which days you were on Jury Duty. Employees shall return to work within a reasonable time on days released from such duty. Any court travel reimbursement may be kept by the employee.


Employment

Student Employment
Staff/Faculty

Student Employment

How do I know what jobs are available?
You may review job openings on the Human Resources Employment Opportunities page. The link is: http://sigma.sjcme.edu/careers3/

How do I apply for a federal work-study job?
You apply for a position through the SJC webpage.

  • Go to the Jobs @SJC, on the top, right hand side of the screen.
  • Scroll down to view Areas of Interest
  • From there select Student Workstudy Positions; all available Work-Study positions are posted there.
  • To apply, simply click on the position of interest then click apply now at the bottom of the listing.

You need to fill out the application completely. You are not done until you have electronically signed the pre-employment statement at the end. Once you have typed in your name and the date, your application is complete and will be available for the supervisor to review.

The hiring supervisor will contact you if they wish to schedule an interview.

How do I apply for other student jobs (not work-study)?
It is the same process as above, except you select Student Payroll Positions instead of Workstudy.

Once I have been interviewed what happens next?
The hiring supervisor will check your references and inform you and Human Resources if they wish to hire you. You will receive official notification from Human Resources once you are hired. You cannot begin working you have been notified in writing from Human Resources and have completed all of your hiring paperwork.

What does the hiring paperwork consist of?
You will need to complete a personnel information form, I-9 form for Immigration and Naturalization (This requires us to verify certain credentials for employment eligibility.  Please bring sufficient original identification with you to complete this.  The last page of the form lists acceptable forms of ID.  The most common credentials we see are: a US Passport or US Passport Card; ora Driver’s License and original Social Security Card; or a Driver’s License and original Birth Certificate), W-4 forms, and confidentiality statement.

Is there anything else that is needed?
Yes, State and federal mandates require all new employees to complete Bloodborne Pathogen, Sexual Harassment and Hazard Communications training prior to starting work. You may not begin working until all your hiring paperwork has been completed, received and reviewed by the Human Resource Office.

Staff/Faculty:

How do I apply for a position?
To apply for a position, please go to our Jobs@SJC website. We require that you complete the online application in its entirety making sure you read and sign the Pre-Employment Statement at the end of the application. You may attach your cover letter and resume to the online application.

While completing the online application, I left my computer; when I returned I couldn't access it again.
Simply go to our Jobs@SJC website and click on Self Service.  Here you will be able to obtain your login information.

How long do you keep my application/resumé on file?
We are required to keep your application/resumé on file in our recruitment database for 2 years. Each time you wish to be considered for a different position, please indicate so through the Self Service feature of our recruitment database.

I sent in my application for a teaching position; why did I receive a letter asking for which job I was applying?
We may have several teaching positions open. You need to indicate the specific job title on your application or in your cover letter. According to the Uniform Guidelines on Employee Selection, we are not allowed to guess which job you are interested in.

Will I hear when a position has been filled?
We have so many applicants that we cannot notify everyone when a position has been filled. We notify only those applicants who were interviewed, but not hired. You are welcome to contact us at any time and check on the status of a search.

I sent my application materials by e-mail, but how will I know if you received them?
Your application materials will be uploaded into our recruitment database at which time you will receive an email asking you to complete our online application.

If I’ve sent in my resumé, why do I have to complete an application form?
All candidates must complete an online college application. This form collects additional information not found on a resumé. It also has a section which is signed, giving us permission to contact your references. As this is a signed document, all parts must be completed. You cannot write “see resumé” in any part of the application.

Who should I use as a reference?
We are looking for professional references, people who have worked with you and can tell us about your work performance. Family and friends are not what we are looking for.

Can I send in my application materials even though you don’t currently have an opening I’m interested in?
We prefer that you wait until we have an opening you are qualified for. Unsolicited resumes are placed in a separate file and are not normally reviewed for current openings.

Where is Human Resources?
We are located on the ground floor of Xavier Hall. Follow the signs to the Reception Office and we will direct you to the person who can best assist you.


Payroll

When are timesheets due?
Timesheets are due to the payroll office by noon on the last Friday of the pay period. The payroll schedule, including pay period end dates, timesheet due dates and pay dates, is provided here.

I received notification for Jury Duty. What do I do?
Please contact Heidi Jacques in Human Resources (hjacques@sjcme.edu or 207-893-7756) to discuss the policy and procedure. A copy of the subpoena will need to be attached to the employee’s timesheet.

Do I have to take a lunch break?
This is dependent on the length of time that you work in a given day. Please contact Heidi Jacques in Human Resources (hjacques@sjcme.edu or 207-893-7756) to review times and lunch break requirements.

The personal information on my paycheck/W-2 is incorrect. Who do I notify?
Contact the payroll office at ext: 7738.

What do I do if I have misplaced my payroll check?
Contact the payroll office immediately ext: 7738