Employee Benefits

UAS provides a comprehensive set of benefits for employees.

Employee Benefits Summary

Leave and Holidays

The UAS Office employees are eligible for annual leave (vacation) by category as described below. Eligible employees are encouraged to take their earned vacation during the year in which it was earned. Eligible employees who are employed on or before the 15th of the month earn vacation at the full monthly accrual rate; eligible employees employed after the 15th do not accrue any vacation for that month. Vacation may be taken in one-hour increments; fractions of an hour are rounded to the nearest hour. Only accrued unused vacation may be taken and vacation hours or days cannot be advanced. Vacation must be approved by the employee’s supervisor before actual absence except in an emergency.

Recognized holidays occurring during vacation will not be charged to vacation time. No allowance will be made for sickness or other incapacity occurring during vacation.

Health and Wellness

The UAS Office requires all regular full-time employees to carry health insurance as a condition of employment. Waiver of this policy may be granted for those who provide evidence of substantially equivalent coverage through another group or through individual policies. Regular part-time employees with a .5 FTE or greater may enroll at their option. Temporary full-time employees also have the option to enroll, but temporary employees who work less than full time are ineligible to participate in this program.

Disability and Life Insurance

The System helps employees plan for the unexpected with sponsored group life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, and long-term disability insurance.

Retirement

All eligible employees are required by state law to participate in TRS. This defined benefit program provides retired employees with a specific benefit payable monthly for the lifetime of the member. In addition to the employee contribution, the System contributes a percentage which is determined by the Alabama Legislature. The University of Alabama System also offers supplemental 403(b) and 457(b) plans.

Educational Benefit for Employees

Educational assistance provides reimbursement to eligible full-time employees of an amount equal to 100% of the tuition costs for three (3) credit hours in the fall and spring semesters and six (6) credit hours in the summer terms at the standard on-campus, in-state graduate or undergraduate tuition rate. All other hours taken will result in reimbursement of an amount equal to 50% of the tuition costs at the standard on-campus, in-state undergraduate or graduate tuition rate. Higher tuition rates for special enrollment programs, such as but not limited to law school, medical school, or executive programs do not entitle employees to amounts above the standard on-campus, in-state graduate tuition rate. Fees and other charges will not be reimbursed. Please see the University of Alabama System Office Educational Benefit Policy for more information on eligibility and procedures.

Educational Benefit for Spouse and Dependents

After eligible employees have been employed six (6) continuous months, spouses and dependents may be reimbursed an amount equal to 50% of the tuition costs at the standard on-campus, in-state undergraduate or graduate tuition rate for eligible courses. Higher tuition rates for special enrollment programs, such as but not limited to law school, medical school, or executive programs do not entitle the eligible dependent to amounts above the standard oncampus, in-state graduate tuition rate. Fees and other charges will not be reimbursed. Please see the University of Alabama System Office Educational Benefit Policy for more information on eligibility and procedures.

*Eligible part-time employees will receive a prorated amount of educational assistance based upon their full-time equivalency (FTE).  For example:  an eligible part-time employee of .50 FTE would be eligible for an amount equal to 50% of the tuition costs.

**NOTE: In the event that there is more than one eligible employee within the family unit, only one tuition reimbursement shall be granted to the employee.In order to obtain reimbursement, employees must first enroll and then submit original receipts along with a Reimbursement Requisition to the Director of Financial Operations who shall process the reimbursement. If a “rush check” is needed, be certain to notify the Director of Financial Operations.

Tuition Assistance Application

Employee Assistance Program

Everyone has problems juggling the demands of work, family, and other obligations that combine to make life stressful. Effective August 1, 2018, The University of Alabama System Office has contracted with American Behavioral to provide professionally trained counselors to give you options and resources for coping more effectively with a variety of life challenges.

Employee Training

Skillport

The Skillport online learning system provides access to webinars as well as web-based courses, books, and other online learning assets designed to enhance professional development.  In addition, UA System Office employees may use Skillport to register for instructor-led training on the UA campus in Tuscaloosa.

Skillport is:

  • free to active UA System Office employees, regardless of location
  • available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • self-paced
  • convenient
  • accessible from any computer with an internet connection
  • mobile ready
  • intuitive
  • user-friendly

All staff have access to Skillport’s Desktop curriculum, which covers common desktop applications and skills. Great for those who need on-demand access to information and training on topics such as Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, this collection is also for those needing to learn or update their desktop application skills.

Departments can purchase additional licenses to access Business and IT courses and resources, including online courses, books, expert mentoring, certification prep courses and exams, and blended learning resources.  If you are interested in purchasing additional licenses, please contact Jessica Harrison in Human Resources.

In-person Training

UAS employees may participate in all in-person training available at each UAS employee’s respective campus. You may need a campus ID badge or number in order to participate. For registration and schedules, please contact your campus’s Human Resources office.

WellBAMA Credit

Don’t forget, for employees who participate in WellBAMA, some training courses count toward your program requirement for the year. Reach out to UAS Human Resources for more information on qualifying programs.