Employment Benefits

Annual Leave

Full-time employees earn annual leave per month. No more than 60 days or 480 hours of accumulated annual leave may be carried over from one calendar year to another. A complete description of annual leave benefits is outlined in the System Office Policies and Procedures Manual.

Full-time employees may earn annual leave based on half-month pay periods as follows:

Years of EmploymentLeave Per Pay PeriodAnnual Leave
Fewer than 5 years4 hours 20 minutes13 days
5 but less than 10 years5 hours 25 minutes16 days 2 hours
10 but less than 15 years6 hours 30 minutes19 days 4 hours
15 but less than 20 years7 hours 35 minutes22 days 6 hours
20 but less than 25 years8 hours 40 minutes26 days
25 or more years9 hours 45 minutes29 days 2 hours

Sick leave

Full time employees earn 4 hours 20 minutes of sick leave for each half-monthly pay period of service or 13 days per year.  No more than 150 days or 1, 200 hours of sick leave may be accumulated. A complete description of sick leave benefits is outlined in the System Office Policies and Procedures Manual.

Personal Leave

All full-time, part-time, or temporary employees who are employed by the State of Alabama on January 1, and who are stationed outside of Mobile and Baldwin Counties, are entitled to a personal leave day each year in lieu of the former Mardi Gras holiday.  The System Office policy requires that employees schedule their personal leave day prior to scheduling any annual leave.

Holidays

The Alabama Community College System observes the following legal holidays:

New Year’s Day                                
Martin Luther King, Jr. /Robert E. Lee Birthday                  
George Washington / Thomas Jefferson Birthday                 
Confederate Memorial Day               
National Memorial Day                     
Jefferson Davis Birthday                   
Independence Day                             
Labor Day                                          
Columbus Day                                               
Veterans Day                                     
Thanksgiving Day                             
Christmas Day           

Health Insurance

The State Employees’ Health Insurance Plan (SEHIP) is basic hospital medical coverage administered by BlueCross BlueShield of Alabama (BCBS) with prescription benefits administered by OptumRx. For more information visit www.alseib.org

Active employee

Monthly

Premium

*Base rate before discounts

Non-tobacco usage discounts available

Wellness Discounts available

Spousal surcharge waiver available

Net Premium after all discounts and waivers

Single

$115

$60

$25

$0

$30

Family w/o spouse

$305

$60

$25

$0

$220

Family with spouse

$440

$120

$50

$50

$220

If desired, employees may elect optional coverage plans to include dental, vision and cancer

Dental (Optional)

Active employee

Premium

Single

$8

Family

$15

Vision (Optional)

Active employee Premium
Single$12
Family$24

Cancer Coverage (Optional)

Active employee Premium
Single$12
Family$24

Retirement

The Alabama Community College System participates in the Retirement Systems of Alabama Teachers Retirement System. Teachers Retirement System is a state mandated program where a percentage of your salary is withheld per pay period for an individual’s retirement account.   The percentage is determined by an employee’s hire date and any prior participation in the Retirement Systems of Alabama.  At this time, if a new employee has previously participated in the Retirement Systems of Alabama prior to January 1, 2013, they are considered a Tier I employee; therefore, 7.5% of the salary is withheld.  All other employees with a hire date of January 1, 2013, and after are considered Tier II employees and 6% of salary is withheld.  The State of Alabama also has two (2) deferred compensation programs for employees:  RSA-1 and Great West.  Participation in these plans allows a state employee to elect to defer receipt of a portion of their salary until a later determined date, usually at retirement or other termination of service.  Because receipt of the income is deferred, the deferred income is not included in the participant’s current federal or state gross taxable income. For more information on deferred compensation plans, please visit www.rsa-al.gov for RSA-1 and www.alabamaretire.com  for Great West.

Tuition Waiver

This tuition assistance program is designed for all full-time benefits eligible employees, retirees, and benefits eligible H Salary Schedule employees of The Alabama Community College System and the Alabama Community College System office and their dependents defined by policy. It is the responsibility of the employee and/or dependent to ensure that all documents and forms (requested by the College where the student is enrolled) are submitted and signed by the appropriate personnel in a timely manner prior to submission.

  • 1/3 waived after 1st year
  • 2/3 waived after 2nd year
  • 3/3 waived after 3rd year

Employee Assistance Program

In 2006, the State of Alabama implemented an EAP benefit with Behavioral Health Systems, Inc. (BHS). BHS’ mission is to provide comprehensive behavioral health services to employers and their beneficiaries which are high quality, cost effective, uniformly accessible, and managed within a least restrictive treatment approach.

What is an EAP?

  • A confidential counseling and referral service for employees and their dependents (spouses/children)
  • A starting place for addressing personal problems
  • An avenue for employees and managers whose personal problems may be affecting their work performance

State of Alabama: EAP Benefits

All employees and dependents may receive up to three (3) visits/consults at no charge each year.

  • Martial/Family Concerns
  • Parent-Child Conflict
  • Relationship Issues
  • Stress
  • Depression
  • Work-Related Issues
  • Grief & Loss
  • Life Changes
  • Eating Disorders
  • Alcohol & Drug Issues
  • Eldercare Concerns
  • Financial Concerns

Accessing the EAP

  • Call toll free number: 800-245-1150
  • Care Coordinators are available during normal business hours of 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CT, Monday- Friday to:
  • Verify your benefits
  • Help find a network provider
  • Schedule an initial assessment
  • Assist with claim status inquiries

 

  • After hour, weekend and holiday calls answered by licensed mental health professionals-never an automated response system

More information about EAP Benefit www.behvioralhealthsystems.com

State Wellness Center & Pharmacy

The State Wellness Center (SWC) Clinic and Pharmacy is conveniently located next door at 101 South Union Street. The hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM for the clinic and 7:30 AM – 5:30 PM for the pharmacy. Please note the hours of operation are different on Thursday with the clinic open 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and the pharmacy open 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM. No clinic appointments will be scheduled after 4:30 PM.

Contact Pharmacy: 1-877-311-1368 or 1-334-263-8460

Contact Clinic: 1-877-311-1375 or 1-334-263-8470

Clinic

The mission of the SWC Clinic is to provide a convenient and free source of urgent/acute care for members and their covered dependents, age 12 and older. Our team of medical professionals provides the highest quality care and excellent service while encouraging a continued relationship with your own personal physician.

Below is a list of some of the services and programs available at no cost to you.

  • Annual wellness screenings for employees and covered spouses
  • Sports physicals for covered dependents age 12 and older
  • Basic Women’s Health services
  • Immunizations
    • COVID-19 (Pfizer-BioNTech)
    • Flu
    • HPV vaccines
    • Pneumococcal
    • Meningococcal
    • Shingles
    • Tetanus
  • TB skin tests
  • Treatment of common illnesses include, but are not limited to
    • Bladder Infections
    • Ear, nose, and throat infections
    • Flu
    • Strep Throat
    • Treatment of minor wounds, abrasion and skin conditions like poison ivy and acne
  • Patient Education:
  • Pharmacist Driven Disease Management and Education
    • Asthma-COPD
    • Anti-Coagulation (Blood Thinners) Monitoring
    • Diabetes
    • High Cholesterol
    • Hypertension

Please Note: Patients who are pregnant, have severe or persistent conditions, have temperatures over 103 degrees, or have potentially compromised immune systems may be referred to another care setting.

If lab tests are performed outside the SWC, you will be responsible for applicable co-pay(s).

Pharmacy

The SWC Pharmacy is a full-service pharmacy and is also the only local specialty pharmacy for SEIB members. This is another added advantage for you and your covered dependents. You have the convenience of filling a prescription after visiting one of the SWC physicians or nurse practitioners or having your prescription called into our pharmacy. Prescriptions are also available for mail delivery (specialty drugs only- patient must reside outside of the Montgomery area) or worksite delivery (within the Montgomery city limits).

The pharmacy offers several over-the-counter medications and items at a fraction of the cost of other retail stores.

The State Wellness Center Clinic and Pharmacy are closed on weekends and all State holidays.

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