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Southern Oregon University offers an attractive and comprehensive benefits package to all of its regularly employed faculty and staff including health, retirement, and time off programs that allow for a balanced life.  These benefits are offered through the State of Oregon Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB).  Eligibility for benefits may vary depending on your employment category or classification.  Please refer to the appropriate tab below for detailed information about your benefits. The Benefits office is located in Churchill Hall in Suite 159.  The direct line to Benefits is (541) 552-6167.

Employees who have a change in appointment may experience changes in their benefit coverage. Please contact our Benefits Specialist at (541) 552-6167 for further information.

Below is a calendar of events happening in the Benefits world.  Please check this for upcoming campus visits by PERS, TIAA-CREF, Fidelity and others. 

Benefits Calendar

 

Benefit information - New Hires

Welcome to Southern Oregon University!  As you meet with the Service Center staff to complete your new hire paperwork, you will be scheduled for a Benefits class.  Classes are held twice weekly, and it is  important that you set aside time to attend a class.   There is a lot of information to review, and this is a great time to ask questions. 

It is important to note that you only have thirty (30) days from your date of hire to complete your health care choices.  Missing this deadline will prevent you from participating in the benefits plans until the next calendar year.

Benefits are broken up into 2 separate categories:  ‘core’ and ‘optional’.  If you have a .5 or greater appointment, then you and your eligible dependents (coverage of domestic partners and their children may have tax implications) are eligible to participate.  

Coverage is effective the first day of the calendar month following your date of hire or your completion of enrollment.

After initial enrollment, changes may be made only during the annual Open Enrollment period or within 30 days of a qualified family status change (i.e., birth, death, marriage, divorce, employment status change). Open Enrollment occurs in the late fall, and changes made during Open Enrollment are effective January 1 of the following year.

In addition to the 'core' and 'optional' benefits, additional programs are available to SOU employees.  These programs include participation in a Tuition Subsidy, a Employee Assistance program, and a variety of wellness activities, some of which have financial incentives.

Retirement plans are offered to all eligible employees.  There are 2 plans available, both with different eligibility criteria.

 

PEBB Group Numbers

  Opting Out or Declining Benefits

 ACA SOU Notice

 

Other Benefits

Voluntary Saving Programs

Two tax-deferred programs are available to employees: the OUS Tax-Deferred Investment 403(b) plan and the Oregon Savings growth 457 Plan. Contributions to these plans are made before federal and state taxes are imposed. Payroll deduction to purchase U.S. Savings Bonds is also available.

You may change your contributions to the TDI plan at any point.  Simply complete and return this form to the Benefits Office.  Forms received by the 10th of any month will be effective with that month's payroll.

Link to Salary Reduction Agreement TDI 4039(b):  Salary Reduction Agreement - TDI 403(b)

 Retirement Plans

After six full months of employment, eligible unclassified employees may choose between two retirement plans: the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (PERS/OPSRP) and the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). After six full months of employment eligible classified employees become OPSRP members.  In both the PERS and ORP plans, the University contributes a specified percentage.  

Fringe Benefits

  • Staff Fee Privileges
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP)

    • This is a no cost program available to all Southern Oregon University employees and their families.
  • Sporting Events: Faculty and Staff receive free admission (except for SOU hosted National Playoffs). Please contact Natasha Ford at 552-6772 for a season pass.
  • Theatre Events: Faculty and Staff pay $10.00 for self and one guest.

Leave Information

Retirement Programs

Workers Comp Forms

Incident Report

SAIF 801

 

Policies/Forms/Links

 State of Oregon               

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Oregon Administrative Rules

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OARs Oregon University System

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Oregon Revised Statutes

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Records Retention Schedule OAR (166-475)

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

 

 Employee Leaves

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Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) Poster

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Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Poster

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Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)                                    Accommodation Request Part 1

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ADA Accommodation Request Part 2

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FMLA/OFLA Health Care Provider Certification For Employee Condition

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FMLA/OFLA Health Care Provider Certification of Family Member

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FMLA Certification of Qualifying Exigency for Military Family LOA

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FMLA Certification for Serious Injury/Illness of Covered Servicemember for Military Family Leave

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 Employment Laws

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Lactation information and Lactation Room Locations

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FAQs for Oregon Revenue Statute 653.077

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FAQs for Department of Labor lactation guidelines

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Bloodborne Pathogens - OAR 437-002-1910.1030

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Leaving SOU

  • What happens with my benefits when I leave Employment at Southern Oregon University?

The direct line to Benefits is (541) 552-6167.