Employee Benefits

Employee Benefits

Unity College offers a competitive benefits package for its full-time faculty and staff. Below is a summary of our benefits which is intended for recruitment purposes only. Employees should rely on the employee handbook and summary plan descriptions for specifics. For more detailed information, please contact the Human Resources Office

Holidays

Unity College recognizes the 10 holidays listed below. These are available immediately upon hire. Holidays are paid at eight hours unless prorated for part-time employment. Holidays that fall on a Saturday are observed on the previous Friday and on
 the following Monday if the holiday falls on a Sunday. Employees required to work on a holiday will receive holiday pay or another day off at Unity’s discretion.

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)

  • Martin Luther King Day (third Monday in January)
  • Presidents Day (third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (second Monday in October)
  • Thanksgiving (fourth Thursday in November)
  • Friday Following Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Paid Time Off (PTO)

Paid time off is available for staff only. Faculty are subject to the Faculty Policies & Procedures which follow the academic calendar with regard to time off and details the Faculty Sick Leave Program. The amount of paid time off an employee is awarded is based upon length of service with Unity College and is accrued starting on July 1 of each year. Regular, full-time, exempt employees earn PTO at a rate of 30 days per year, nonexempt employees earn at a rate of between 20 and 30 days per year, based on length of service. The benefit is prorated for part-time employees and those beginning employment after July 1. Paid time off accruals must be used by June 30 of each year. Balances remaining of up to 80 hours will be converted to sick time. The sick bank may carry up 80 hours at any given time during your employment with Unity College. You may be required to use some of this time when the College is closed. 

Benefit Plans

All full-time regular employees are eligible for the following group insurance benefits. Coverages are effective the first day of the month following hire unless otherwise noted.

Health Insurance

Our current plan is sponsored by Harvard Pilgrim Health Care (HPHC) and uses its physician network. Options include low deductible and high deductible HMOs as well as an HSA. Together, these plans offer comprehensive coverage within and outside of network coverage for maximum flexibility. HPHC also offers a wide range of discount programs via affiliated partnerships. Coverage is available in 4 tiers: employee, employee plus spouse, employee plus child(ren) or family. Unity College generously sponsors the coverage and offers the option of premium payment on a pretax basis. Coverage is also available for domestic partners.

Dental Insurance

Coverage for preventive care at 100%, basic restorative at 80%, and major restorative at 50% after the calendar year deductible has been met. Unity College generously sponsors the coverage and offers the option of premium payment on a pretax basis. Coverage is also available for domestic partners.

Short Term Disability Insurance

Paid for by Unity College, this program will provide income replacement at 60% of pay should an employee be unable to work due to illness or injury unrelated to the job for up to 90 days. Employees may use available PTO and sick time in conjunction with plan benefits to receive up to 100% of pre-disability pay.

Long Term Disability Insurance

Paid for by Unity College, this program will provide income replacement at 60% of pay should an employee be unable to work due to illness or injury unrelated to the job and is designed to cover the employee after short term disability benefits expire. Employees may use available PTO and sick time in conjunction with plan benefits to receive up to 100% of pre-disability pay.

Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts

Allows employees to set up accounts to use pretax dollars to pay for medical and dental expenses not covered by their plans as well as for dependent care expenses. Debit cards are available for these accounts.

Section 132 Transportation Accounts

Allows employees to set up accounts to use pretax dollars to pay for commuter bicycling and van-pooling. Please ask about our van pooling benefit if interested. Debit cards are available for these accounts.

Life Insurance

Paid for by Unity College, the plan offers $20,000 in life coverage with additional benefits available for claims resulting from accidents.

Supplemental Life Insurance

Additional life insurance for the employee up to $300,000. Employee may also insure the life of the spouse or domestic partner for up to $50,000 and/or insure each eligible child for up to $10,000.

Education

529 Education Savings Plan

Unity College offers a plan including the NextGen College Investing Plan (the “Maine” plan) and the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan (the “Virginia” plan) for to savings for their own or for a loved one’s college education. Investments grow tax-free, and benefits are portable and may be cashed out under certain circumstances.

Education at Unity College

After one year of employment, employees are eligible for up to two courses per semester for the employee, as well as a full tuition waiver available for enrolling dependents. Dependents include spouses and children who are tax dependents.


Education at Other Member Colleges of the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC)

This benefit becomes available for the dependents of employees including spouses and children who are tax dependents and includes full tuition coverage from participating institutions, subject to CIC rules. Current CIC rules allow immediate enrollment for this benefit.

Retirement Plan

Employees are eligible for our 403b defined contribution plan and Unity offers the TIAA-CREF fund family for investment choices. Unity College matches the 3% employee contribution with 5% to begin after one year of service (immediate match for those porting current TIAA-CREF accounts). Employees may contribute on a tax deferred basis within the limits allowed by law.

Employees are also eligible for a variety of discounts and extras.