Grant-in-Aid Program

Dependent children of regular, full-time faculty members with five years of full-time service are eligible for the Grant-in-Aid benefit per academic semester.

Moving Expenses

New members of the faculty are eligible for reimbursement of expenses incurred in the transportation of household goods and personal effects to the Amherst area. The President or the Dean of the Faculty may authorize payments of actual expenses up to $1,000 for moving distances of up to 1,000 miles; $1,500 for 1,000 to 2,000 miles; and $2,000 for over 2,000 miles.

Arrangements for reimbursement are made through the Office of Human Resources.

Family and Medical Leave

The provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provide faculty members up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave during a 12-month rolling forward period for certain family and medical reasons. To be eligible, faculty members must have worked at the College for at least 12 months and for at least 1,250 hours during the previous 12 months.

Benefits During Sabbatic Leave and Leave of Absence

During absence on sabbatical leave, or on an approved leave of absence, contributions to TIAA-CREF and insurance will continue in the normal amount. Any questions concerning this procedure should be discussed with the Director of Human Resources.

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.

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