Unemployment Compensation

All faculty of Amherst College are covered by the provisions of the Massachusetts Employment Security Law (commonly referred to as "Unemployment Compensation") and, therefore, are entitled to all applicable benefits under the act. This program provides weekly income benefits to all eligible individuals during periods of full or partial unemployment.

Employees on approved leaves of absence are not eligible for unemployment compensation.

Death Benefits

If a participant in the TIAA-CREF Retirement Program dies before retirement, the beneficiary will receive the accumulated value of the retirement contracts, including the contributions of Amherst College and the proceeds of the life insurance plan.

Workers' Compensation Insurance

In accordance with State law, the College carries Workers' Compensation Insurance for all faculty members. It is important that any injury, however slight, incurred on duty be reported immediately to the Department Chair and the Human Resources Office in order to comply with the provisions of the law.

Long Term Disability Insurance

On the first of the month following three consecutive months of employment, the College provides all faculty members with Long Term Disability Insurance coverage. Under this plan, faculty are assured of replacement of a substantial portion of income when faced with long-term illness or injury. After certification of the disability by the insurance carrier, the plan provides the following benefits beginning the first of the month following six consecutive months of disability:

Group Life Insurance

On the first of the month following three consecutive months of employment, faculty members are eligible for College-paid group life insurance coverage. To age 65 the insurance coverage is equal to 1.5 times an employee's annual salary. Upon attainment of age 65, the amount of insurance is equal to 1 time the basic annual salary and 67% at age 70. In all cases, if the amount of insurance is not an even multiple of $1,000, it is raised to the next higher $1,000 multiple.

Employee Assistance Plan

The Employee Assistance Plan (EAP) is a confidential resource and referral service that the College makes available to all Amherst College employees, their spouses, and dependents. The Wellness Corporation provides a number of services including consultation, problem assessment, referral and follow-up services for a wide variety of   personal and health-related problems. Visit www.WellnessWorkLife.com for information on a variety of topics.

Group Health and Dental Insurance

Regular faculty are eligible to select one of the health care programs offered by the College.
Faculty may select individual or family coverage. Faculty enrolling in a plan will also be included in the Dental Plan in a corresponding individual or family contract. Specific plan details, current rate information and enrollment forms are available in Human Resources Office.

Retirement

As a faculty member approaches retirement, he or she should consult with the Dean of the Faculty and the Human Resources Office.
Retired faculty have emeritus status. Emeriti may participate in formal College ceremonies such as Commencement and convocation. They retain library privileges and full access to campus facilities though they cannot normally be granted the use of laboratory or office space. The College will invite those who retire in the area to participate in a variety of College social events.

The Housing Program

 Please contact the Office of Human Resources for more information.  

Fringe Benefit Programs for Full-time Faculty

The Director of Human Resources and the Staff of the Human Resources Office are responsible for administering the fringe benefits program for all College employees. The actual provisions of each formal benefits plan, policy or contract will determine entitlement of benefits, benefit levels and other matters. Fringe benefit programs for which Faculty are eligible include:

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