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The Howard Community College employee benefits program is part of a total compensation program that includes salary plus all benefits and perquisites (“perks”).  The benefits program supports employee morale and productivity and helps to attract and retain quality personnel.  The benefits program is intended to help provide financial protection in the event of illness or injuries that result in loss of wages; opportunities for professional development; and income management alternatives.

The college offers certain benefits contingent upon available resources.  The college reserves the right to amend or delete any of these programs or to require or increase employee premium contributions toward any benefits at its discretion.  These benefits may include: group health benefits; extended group health benefits; life insurance; short and long-term disability insurance; accidental death and dismemberment insurance; liability coverage; tuition reimbursement and tuition waiver.

Some benefits include coverage for family members.  Family coverage will be extended to eligible dependents.  Eligible dependents include: 

  • Legal spouse including same sex legal spouse;
  • Biological children under age 26;
  • Step-children under age 26;
  • Legally adopted children under age 26;
  • Foster children under age 26;
  • Any child under the age of 26 for whom an employee has a court order;
  • Grandchildren for whom you have court-ordered legal custody under age 26.

Certain employee benefits are provided or required by federal or state law: the Maryland State Retirement Systems retirement program including the optional retirement program; workers compensation; unemployment compensation coverage; and Federal Insurance Contribution Act (Social Security).

The college may also provide other benefits as appropriate that may include credit union membership; direct deposit; professional development opportunities; employee assistance program; physical fitness and wellness opportunities.  Complete information regarding benefit programs is available in the office of human resources.

Some benefits may be granted to acting or interim employees and other full-time temporary employees by the president.  See procedure 63.03.01 Employment Definitions.

Effective Date:  12/6/13