Chapter Two: Personnel

Procedure Title: Benefits Eligible Employees
Based On: Board Policy No. 3 & 8
Procedure Number: 2.44
Date Adopted/Revised: July 30, 2007; July 18, 2011

SouthArk provides an excellent benefits package to benefit-eligible employees.

A benefits-eligible employee is an individual employed in a regular full-time appropriated or provisional position compensated for College service on an active full-time basis or at least a half-time or greater pro rata basis. Individuals hired as student worker, extra help, part-time faculty are not eligible for the College's benefit package (including retirement plan contributions). Also any contract labor and/or services are excluded from benefits. Provisional and Pool positions may be benefits-eligible if such positions would normally be benefits-eligible under the College's Appropriation for Personal Services.

Benefits include, but are not limited to, employer contributions to fringes such as health, dental, life and disability insurance, a retirement plan, participation in the flexible spending plan, the ability to accrue eligible leave and other eligible benefits.

The College contribution(s), if any, may be on pro rata basis for less than full-time employees.

The College will pay Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) matching and other mandatory contributions on non-benefits eligible employees.

  1. Retirement:

    All benefit-eligible employees.

  2. Insurance benefits:

    Insurance benefits are available to persons who are employed in a regular appropriated full-time position listed in the College’s Appropriation Act or a regular or provisional position obtained by State regulations. Adjunct teaching assignments and part-time teaching assignments for non-credit classes will not be considered in determining the percent of full-time employment for insurance eligibility.

    Health Insurance and Dental Insurance
    :
    All persons who are employed ½ time or more in a regular full-time appropriated position. Persons who are employed ½ time or more will be provided benefits at a rate that is proportionate to the percent that they are employed in the regular full time appropriated position.

    Clinical and similar type hourly employment in a regular full-time appropriated position will be based upon a 40 hour workweek with benefits available for persons working 20 hours or more per week.

    Life insurance
    :
    All persons who are employed ½ time or more in a regular full-time appropriated position

    Clinical and similar type hourly employment in a regular full-time appropriated position will be based upon a 40 hour workweek with benefits available for persons working 20 hours or more per week.

    Long Term Disability Insurance
    :
    All persons employed 20 hours or more per week in a regular full-time appropriated position and whom have been employed in a covered position for one year for 20 or more hours per week. The cost of the insurance will be prorated for persons employed less than full time.

  3. Holiday Pay:

    All regular, extra help, and part-time employees (except for faculty and student employees) will receive holiday pay in proportion to their percent of employment in accordance with State and SouthArk policies.

  4. Cafeteria Plan:

    An employee who is actively employed in a regular, appropriated position and works at least 1,000 hours per year is eligible to participate in ARCAP. New employees must have completed one year of full time continuous service as of the effective date of the plan to be eligible to participate in the Medical flexible spending accounts. New employees are eligible to participate in Dependent Care flexible spending accounts on the first day of the month following one month’s continuous employment.

  5. Worker’s Compensation:

    All SouthArk employees are covered by the State of Arkansas Worker’s Compensation Plan.

  6. Unemployment Benefits:

    Student employees are not eligible. All other employees are generally eligible according to State of Arkansas regulations.

  7. Social Security and Medicare:

    All employees except for exempted student employees are required to participate in Social Security and Medicare in accordance with federal statutes

  8. Unused Sick Leave:

    Payments may be made for unused sick leave as outlined by College policy and State laws and regulations. Payments for unused sick leave may only be made in the event of an employee’s death or retirement. Retirement is defined as a condition that qualifies a person to be eligible for drawing teacher retirement, public employee’s retirement, alternate retirement (age 59 ½ years or older) or eligibility for social security.

  9. Tuition Waivers:

    Eligible employees include all full-time employees and all part-time employees except for part-time faculty, extra help, and student employees. Eligible persons working in grant positions will be funded by the College if the grant will not allow for the costs of tuition waivers.

    Persons in grant positions, except for the exclusion of sick leave payments, will be eligible for benefit coverage under the same conditions as persons in the regular full-time appropriated positions if the benefit costs are allowable as grant expenses. The College will attempt to minimize costs by methods such as requiring grant employees to use or be paid for leave before the grant period ends.