Benefit Programs-Elective

Date Updated: May 9th, 2012

The College has established a variety of elective employee benefit programs. The below-listed “elective” employee benefits are provided by Scripps College and The Claremont Colleges. This portion of the Handbook contains a very general description of the benefits to which you may elect as an employee of the College. This Handbook does not change or otherwise interpret the terms of the official plan documents. Your rights can be determined by referring to the full text of the plan documents, which are available from The Claremont Colleges Benefits Administration Office.

Eligible employees are those who are employed in regular positions at half time or 20 or more hours per week (30 hours or more per week for Long-Term Disability Insurance).   Also eligible for medical and dental insurance only are those employed in temporary positions working at least twenty (20) or more hours per week, and who has met the six consecutive month minimum service requirement.   Some of these benefits are wholly paid by the Colleges, some are paid by the employee, and the costs of some are shared by the College and the employee.

If you are eligible for benefits, you will be scheduled during your new employee orientation to attend a New Employee Benefits Orientation. As a new employee you must apply for benefits during your “Initial Eligibility Period,” that is, within 30 days of your hire date. If your date of employment is the first of the month, your coverage will become effective on your date of employment. If your date of employment is any date other than the first of the month, your benefits coverage will become effective the first day of the following month.

After your Initial Eligibility Period, your application for enrollment in, and/or changes to your existing coverage will only be accepted during an Annual Open Enrollment Period.   As an exception to this rule, your application may be accepted under certain circumstances, if you experience a “life event.” Example of life events are the birth, adoption, or death of a dependent; marriage; divorce; and loss of coverage through a spouse’s unemployment. You are responsible for requesting benefits changes due to a life event; you must apply within 30 days of the effective date of your life event.