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2017 Full & Part-Time Benefits Summary

HOLIDAYS…12 paid holidays: 8 scheduled and 4 floating.  Holiday premium pay provided for employees required to work holiday.  Floating Holidays used by 12/31 of each year.

VACATION… Upon the completion of 3 months of continuous employment, an employee receives 3 vacation days. At the completion of 1, 2 and 3 years of continuous employment an employee receives 2 weeks and 3 vacation days.  At the completion of 4, 5 and 6 years of continuous employment an employee receives 3 weeks and 3 vacation days.  At the completion of 7 years and each completed year thereafter an employee receives 4 weeks and 3 vacation days.  Upon the completion of 10 years of continuous employment an employee will be eligible for 1 additional day of vacation for each year of employment following their 10th year, up to a maximum of 5 days. Vacation days can be carried over 60 days beyond anniversary date.

SICK LEAVE…Staff will accrue sick leave at the hourly equivalent of one half day (10% of regular work week) per month up to a maximum of one hundred forty (140) days.

SICK LEAVE BUY BACK…Staff working regular schedules of 30, 35, 37.5 and 40 hours, a minimum of 180 hours, 210 hours, 225 hours, and 240 hours, respectively, must be available after the buy back.  To receive payment, a request for sick leave buy back form must be submitted to the Human Resources Director following the employee’s anniversary date.

SICK LEAVE BANK…Staff must have a minimum of 140 hours of sick leave after making the donation.  Sick leave yet to be accrued cannot be counted; (2) can donate from 7 hours up to 40 hours per calendar year to the donation bank: (3) will have donated leave hours irreversibly subtracted from the donor’s sick leave accruals. Donations are made by submitting a letter indicating the number of hours to be donated.  Requests for sick leave from the bank are made to the Human Resources Director.  Donors and recipients will remain anonymous to each other.  A recipient can receive up to eight (8) weeks of leave from the donation bank.

BEREAVEMENT LEAVE…up to 3 days leave with pay will be granted to employees for death in the immediate family.  Additional 2 days available in certain circumstances.

HEALTH INSURANCE...regular full-time employees can enroll in the high deductible plan.  Dependent coverage is available. Part time employees who work 20 to 29 hours per week are eligible.  Employee contributions vary by coverage. Saratoga Bridges pays 80% of the high deductible for full time employees.  Coverage begins the 1st of the month following 2 months of employment. Open enrollment Oct/Nov., plan year 12/1.

$500 CASH STIPEND…regular full time employees that have other coverage and elect not to participate in the Agency’s health insurance are eligible for a $42.00 cash stipend each month subject to income taxes.

VISION INSURANCE…regular employees – 20 hours or more a week are eligible to enroll in vision care insurance.  Individual or family coverage is available. Coverage is available 1st of the month following 2 months.  The cost is the responsibility of the employee.

DENTAL INSURANCE…regular employees, who work 20 hours or more per week, are eligible to enroll in a dental insurance plan. Individual or family coverage is available.  The cost is the responsibility of the employee through a payroll deduction. Coverage begins the 1st of the month following 2 months employment.

DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE…National Traffic Safety Institute course is offered to all staff which provides a reduction in auto insurance premiums and point reduction on motor vehicle drivers’ license.

FLEXIBLE BENEFIT PLAN…after 2 months of employment, regular employees working 20 hours or more per week may participate in a salary reduction and income tax free reimbursement plan for child care, health expenses and health insurance premium conversion expense.

DISABILITY INSURANCE…New York State statutory temporary income protection for an off-the-job injury or illness. To be eligible you must be under a doctor’s care for illness/injury.

TERM LIFE INSURANCE…provided the 1st of the month after 2 months of employment to regular full time employees in the amount of $10,000.

RETIREMENT PLAN…after 2 years of continuous employment, employees 21 years or older working 20 hours or more per week are eligible for the Agency’s 403(b) retirement plan. Annual contributions are made by the Agency on behalf of eligible employees. Employees can enroll and contribute to the Retirement Plan immediately upon joining the Agency. The plan is available through Benefit Plans Administrators (BPA) and the American Funds. Roth Investment Accounts and NYS 529 College Savings Programs are also available. Information on the Agency Retirement Plan is available in the Human Resource Office.

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION…statutory income protection paid by the Agency for on-the-job accident. Provides income for the duration of the compensable injury or sickness.

EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM…EAP provides confidential personal counseling and information services to help employees and eligible family members. Professional development workshops are available.

EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE…regular full time employees with 6 months of employment may submit written requests for tuition reimbursement of up to 50% of SUNY tuition rate. Agency scholarships, NYSARC scholarships and NYSACRA’s College of Direct Support Program are available on a competitive basis.

CREDIT UNION…open to all employees. Provides savings and checking accounts, loans, mortgages, Christmas Clubs and credit cards. Employees can participate through payroll deductions.

DIRECT DEPOSIT…full service direct deposit is available to all staff. All or part of your net paycheck can be deposited into a maximum of 3 different accounts at 3 different financial institutions.

EMPLOYEE REFERRAL INCENTIVE…Staff members that refer an individual for employment shall be eligible to receive a cash award of five hundred dollars ($500.00). Regular full time, part time, substitute or per-diem staff members that refer an individual to become a Family Care Provider or an Individual Support Aide are eligible to receive a cash award of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) subject to withholding taxes.

EMPLOYEE MEAL BENEFIT…All residential staff members are eligible for one free meal per shift during weekday shifts, and up to three meals for each weekend day worked (meals are eaten family-style with consumers).

VOLUNTARY INSURANCE PLANSThe cost is the sole responsibility of the employee. Enrollment is held in October/November with an effective date of December 1st

SPECIFIED DISEASE INSURANCE…employees working 20 hours or more per week are eligible for insurance through UNUM Insurance. Individual or family coverage is available.

ACCIDENT INDEMNITY PLAN…employees working 20 hours or more per week are eligible for accident insurance. Individual or family coverage is available.

SHORT/LONG TERM DISABILITY INSURANCE…full time employees can purchase short/long term disability through payroll deduction. Provides income protection for off-the-job injury or illness.

WHOLE LIFE INSURANCE…regular full time employees are eligible to purchase a whole life insurance policy through payroll deductions.


Saratoga Bridges:
16 Saratoga Bridges Blvd.
Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone (518) 587-0723 • Fax (518) 583-9607

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