ARTICLE 19

BENEFITS

Eligibility

19.1

The term "eligible employee" as used in this Article shall mean an employee or employees who are appointed half-time or more for more than six (6) months. Those excluded from health, dental, vision care and life and accidental death and dismemberment benefits include intermittent employees or any employee paid wholly from funds not controlled by the CSU or from revolving or similar funds from which a regular State share payment of the insurance premium cannot be made.

19.2

The term "eligible family member" as used in this Article shall mean the eligible employee's legal spouse, and unmarried children from birth to the end of the month in which the dependent children reach age twenty-three (23). An adopted child, stepchild, natural child recognized by the parent, or a child living with the employee in a parent-child relationship who is economically dependent upon the employee is also eligible. A family member who is a disabled child over the age twenty-three (23) may also be enrolled if, at the time of initial enrollment of the employee, satisfactory evidence of such disability is presented to the carrier consistent with the carrier's requirements. Upon attaining age twenty-three (23), a disabled child who is already enrolled may be continued in enrollment if satisfactory evidence of that disability is filed with the carrier in accordance with the carrier's criteria.

Health, Dental and Vision Benefits for Domestic Partners of CSU Benefit Eligible Employees

19.3

The parties agree to extend health, dental and vision benefits to domestic partners, as defined pursuant to section 297 et. seq. of the Family Code, Article 9, section 22867 et. seq. of the Government Code and section 1261 of the Health and Safety Code, or any successor(s) or substitute provision(s) of these code sections of benefit eligible employees in represented bargaining units. The parties further agree that the registration of domestic partners of represented benefit eligible employees, and all other procedures and conditions required to receive health benefits, as currently set forth in CalPERS Circular Letter 600-18, shall also apply to the receipt of dental and vision benefits.

It is further understood and agreed that the parties to this agreement do not intend to waive, and do not waive, their individual and/or collective rights to challenge, including in a court of competent jurisdiction, the propriety and/or legality of CalPERS regulations as set forth in CalPERS Circular Letter 600-18. If said CalPERS regulations are revised, Circular Letter 600-18 regulations as amended will continue to control the implementation of health, dental and vision benefits for the domestic partners of represented benefit eligible employees. Any such changes involving mandatory bargaining subjects under HEERA shall be subject to negotiation after a 30-day notice by a party to this agreement.

Health

19.4

Eligible employees and eligible family members as defined by CalPERS shall continue to receive health benefits offered through the CalPERS system for the life of this Agreement. Payment for those benefits shall be based on rates established by CalPERS for participating members. The Employer contribution shall be based on the current formula as provided in Government Code Section 22871, or any successor or substitute provisions of that code section.

Dental

19.5

Dental benefits provided by the CSU through the insurers selected by the CSU for its indemnity and prepaid dental plans shall be offered to eligible employees and eligible family members as defined in Provisions 19.1 and 19.2. The CSU Enhanced Level I Indemnity Plan and the CSU Basic Pre-paid Dental Plans shall be offered to eligible employees and eligible family members.

Vision Care

19.6

Eligible employees and eligible family members as defined in Provisions 19.1 and 19.2 shall be entitled to receive vision care benefits. Such benefits shall be provided through carriers selected by the CSU. The CSU’s contribution shall equal one hundred percent (100%) of the basic monthly premium for the life of this agreement.

Health Care Reimbursement Account

19.7

All eligible bargaining unit employees except intermittent employees shall be entitled to participate in the CSU Health Care Reimbursement Account (HCRA) Plan. The terms of this plan shall be determined by CSU and IRS regulations. Participating employees shall pay all administrative costs for participation.

Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

19.8

The CSU shall provide eligible employees with a life insurance and accidental death and dismemberment insurance policy at no cost to the employee. This program shall provide life and accidental death and dismemberment insurance during the term of employment in the amount of $50,000 for each type of coverage.

Non-Industrial Disability Insurance

19.9

The maximum weekly payment for employees eligible for Non-Industrial Disability Insurance pursuant to Education Code Section 89529.15, or any successor(s) or substitute provision(s) of that code section, shall be one-hundred twenty-five dollars ($125).

Industrial Disability Leave

19.10

Eligible Head Start employees may participate in the CSU Industrial Disability Leave (IDL) program in accordance with the terms set forth by the CSU.

CalPERS

19.11

Head Start employees’ eligibility for membership in the CalPERS retirement system shall be determined pursuant to the California Public Employees' Retirement Law.

Part-Time, Seasonal and Intermittent Employees - Retirement

19.12

Part-time, seasonal, temporary and intermittent employees will participate in the PST Retirement Plan administered by the Department of Personnel Administration. The total cost of the plan will be paid by participating employees in the form of a seven and one-half percent (7.5%) pretax reduction, in accordance with Section 414(h) of the Internal Revenue Code, from a participating employee's covered wages each pay period. There shall be no cost to the CSU.

403 (b) Plan

19.13

All employees in the bargaining unit shall be eligible to participate in tax-sheltered annuity programs in accordance with the regulations and procedures as established by the CSU and according to IRS regulations.

Information Regarding Benefits

19.14

The campus shall provide information concerning an individual employee's rights under NDI, IDL, Temporary Disability, Social Security and/or CalPERS retirement options. Upon written request, an employee shall be granted an appointment, during work time, for the purpose of discussing such rights.

Travel Reimbursement

19.15

Employee expenses incurred as a result of travel on official Head Start business shall be reimbursed in accordance with CSU travel regulations.

Employee Assistance Programs

19.16

The CSU shall continue the existing Employee Assistance Program (EAP), or an equivalent program. Records pertaining to an employee's participation in the Employee Assistance Program shall remain confidential.

Dependent Care

19.17

All bargaining unit employees, except intermittent employees, shall be entitled to participate in the CSU Dependent Care Reimbursement Program. The terms of this program shall be determined by the CSU and IRS regulations. Participating employees shall pay all administrative costs for participation.

Health Premium Conversion Program (TAPP)

19.18

All eligible employees who contribute toward health benefits pursuant to Provision 19.4 shall be entitled to participate in the CSU Health Premium Conversion Program. The terms of this program shall be determined by the CSU. Participating employees shall pay all administrative costs for partaking.

FlexCash Plan

19.19

Eligible employees shall be entitled to participate in the CSU FlexCash Plan. A participating employee may waive health and/or dental insurance coverage in exchange for the following monthly payments:

1. Waive medical & dental $140 per month
2. Waive medical only $128 per month
3. Waive dental only $12 per month

In order to participate in the Plan, an employee will be required to request participation and certify that he/she has alternate non-CSU coverage in the insurance being waived. The terms of this Plan shall be determined by the CSU. Participating employees shall pay all administrative costs for participation.

Public Transportation Incentives

19.20

The Program will encourage the use of alternative transportation as appropriate to the location to comply with state and federal air quality rules and regulations. At the discretion of the Program Head, subject to the State Controller’s Office (SCO) procedures and IRS regulations, the CSU may establish, maintain or cease transportation benefit programs. Programs that encourage the use of alternative transportation may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Commuter tax benefit programs;
  2. Van pools, which may or may not be subsidized;
  3. Ride share points;
  4. Free or discounted mass transit passes;
 

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