Berkshire County ARC (BCARC) is pleased to present a brief description of many of the benefits offered to all regular employees with at least 30 regular hours per week upon successful completion of 90 day job orientation status. All benefits will be discussed in detail during your meeting with the Benefits Administrator.
The agency currently offers Health New England as its medical provider. BCARC currently pays a significant portion of medical insurance premium costs for individual and family coverage. Employees pay their contribution of premium costs on a before tax-basis. There is a 90 day waiting period to enroll in this plan.
The agency currently offers a group plan with Delta Dental at a significant savings. Employees pay 100% of premium cost on a before tax-basis. There are individual and family plans available. There is a 90 day waiting period to enroll in this plan.
Section 125 Flexible Spending Account
Employees are given the option of setting aside a portion of their income on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction for reimbursement of out-of-pocket health care (i.e. office visits, co-payments, prescriptions, dependent care, etc.).
Pension Fund (403b)
The agency provides this Thrift Plan (403b) to enable employees to accumulate long-term savings for retirement. Most importantly, the agency has made contributions on behalf of eligible staff for the past several years and will continue to do so upon the availability of funds. Employees are eligible to participate in the plan after 90 days of employment.
A $25,000 per employee term life insurance with AD & D program is cost-shared by BCARC and employee. Voluntary Supplemental life insurance buy ups may be purchased for self, spouse or children.
Short Term Disability (STD) (insurance funded)
Starting on the 8th day of disability (illness/accident), STD coverage is provided up to a maximum of 180 days. STD provides benefits of 60% of gross weekly earnings. The agency pays a portion of the cost.
Long Term Disability (LTD) (insurance funded)
Starting after an employee is disabled and absent for a six-month period, LTD provides benefits of 60% of gross monthly income to age 70. This benefit is paid in full by BCARC.
BCARC allows 3 personal days per year, pro-rated to a 40 hour work week. (90 day waiting period)
BCARC has a list of holidays which is published yearly, to a maximum of 12 days.
BCARC policy allows full time employees to be paid for 6 sick days, with a maximum of 48 hours per calendar year. Pro rated on a 40-hour basis. Eligible staff may accrue up to 96 hours (12 paid sick days) as a maximum amount at any time.
Vacation is allocated after 180 days of employment based on a 40 hour pre-determined schedule:
Vacation is pro-rated for employees who work part-time.
|6 months-1 year
||1 week (40 hours)
||3 weeks (120 hours)
||4 weeks (168 hours)
||5 weeks (200 hours)
||6 weeks (240hours)
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
In order to provide a confidential process that an employee can turn to for counseling when dealing with issues that may interfere with their job performance, BCARC has contracted with our Long Term Disability provider for all employees who work 30 hours or more per week at no cost to the employee. This is a 24/7 hour Hotline for employees and their family members.
Partial tuition reimbursement from BCARC to employees who work at least 30 hours per week and are employed a minimum of six months. Reimbursement is limited to a first come first serve basis. This program applies to public or private college or university.
Full payment to all MA state schools for undergraduate studies only to all employees who work at least 30 hours or more and have been employed a minimum of six months.
Employee discount passes offered to the Great Escape and Six Flags (amusement parks) and discounted movie passes with significant savings. Discounts available to staff on Verizon phone services as well.
All staff who use their personal vehicle will be reimbursed on a per mile rate.