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Employee Benefits Overview

The Employee Benefits Section of the Department of Human Resources department is responsible for:

  • Strategic benefits planning
  • Plan administration and management
  • Employee benefit services

From a strategic standpoint, we have designed the Jefferson employee benefits programs to:

  • Be competitive
  • Offer choice to meet individual needs
  • Lead by offering plans that reflect the latest benefit trends
  • Provide the highest level of services to employees and their families

Benefits are part of your total rewards, representing a large part of your pay. The Jefferson Benefits Program allows you to select the best benefits package for you and your family and make the most of your total rewards. We encourage you to read the Benefits Guidebook to learn about each of the benefits and the tax advantages many offer. The next section of this website, titled “2014 Benefits” gives an overview of the plans and the sections that follow give more detail on each.  

If you have further questions please call the HR Service Center at (215) 503-HRSC or

How to get the most out of your
employee benefits

  • Be informed:   Read the e-mails, mail sent to your home and material on the HR web-site
  • Be timely:   Government and other legal provisions regulate many of our plans and as a result new hires must enroll within 30 days from your date of hire. We ask you to enroll as soon as possible so that we can get your information to the insurance companies. 
  • Communicate:   Outside of open enrollment in the Fall, you can change plans and/or add/drop dependents only if you have a life event such as marriage, divorce, death, birth, adoption.  The change must be done within 30 days of the life event.
  • Mark your calendar:   to indicate the open enrollment time each year. This is the time you can change plans, add/drop family members, consider new payroll contributions and learn about benefit changes

Employee Benefits Include:

  1. Flexible Benefits
    • Medical insurance, including prescription drug and vision coverage
    • Dental insurance
    • Flexible Spending Accounts
    • Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance
    • Dependent Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance
    • Short Term Disability
    • Long Term Disability
  2. Retirement/Pension Plans
    • Pension Plans
    • Retirement Savings Plans
  3. Time Off
    • Earned Time Off (vacation/sick/personal depending upon your position)
    • Holidays
    • Bereavement, Jury and other types of leaves
  4. Voluntary and Other Benefits
    • Benefits Plus
    • Direct Deposit
    • Credit Union
    • Adoption Assistance
    • Employee Assistance and Referral Programs
    • Tuition reimbursement
    • Dependent Scholarship (for Faculty)
    • Legal Services
    • Travel Accident Insurance
    • Transportation Benefits
    • The Jefferson-Independence Blue Cross Wellness Center
    To access more information on each of the benefits, click on the corresponding tab listed on the menu to the left side of your screen, Need more information? Call the HR Service Center at (215) 503-HRSC.