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Benefits

The University of Baltimore (UB), as a University System of Maryland institution and a Maryland State agency, provides a comprehensive benefits package to all regular employees. Contingent II employees have access to a benefits package as outlined below. Contingent I and Adjunct Faculty employees are eligible to enroll in group health insurance benefits at full cost, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, term life insurance, long term disability program and tax deferred plans.

This page provides an overview of the benefits packages. If you have questions regarding the benefits package please contact our office.

Faculty and Regular Employees

The following benefits are offered to regular, UB employees both exempt and non-exempt and regular faculty. Click to obtain more information about the benefit. If you need more information that is not listed here, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

  • Health Insurance

    You may select from these state-subsidized plans:

    • Preferred Provider Networks (PPO)
    • Point-of-Service Plans (POS)
    • Exclusive Provider Organizations (EPO)
    • Dental insurance
    • Prescription drug plan

    Employees may opt to enroll in additional health plans that are paid for by you. Those include:

    • personal accident and dismemberment plan
    • long term care

    Information about all plan options are available from the State Employees section of the Department of Budget & Management Web site.

    A new employee has 60 days to enroll for benefits. After that, changes to benefits are made during the open enrollment period, which is offered once each year. During open enrollment an employee can change membership by adding or canceling a benefit. Changes and additions take effect on July 1.

    You may make changes to your benefits during the year for certain qualifying events. Those events include marriage, divorce, birth or adoption of a child, and death of a spouse or other dependent. These changes must be made within 60 days of the event and the employee will work with the Office of Human Resources to provide necessary documentation for these changes.

  • Paid Leave

    Below is an overview of the paid leave package for a full time employee. Leave is pro-rated for employees who work at least 50%. Click here for complete information about paid leave and accrual rates.

    Non-exempt, Regular Employees

    • Annual leave: 10 days accrued annually with increases after 4 years of employment
    • Sick leave: 15 days accrued annually
    • Personal leave: 3 days annually
    • Holidays: 14 paid holidays, 15 in a general election year. Three of the holidays administrative leave holidays, used specifically for winter break.
    Exempt, Regular Employees
    • Annual leave: 22 days accrued annually with an increase after 20 years of employment
    • Sick leave: 15 days accrued annually
    • Personal leave: 3 days annually
    • Holidays: 14 paid holidays, 15 in a general election year. Three of the holidays administrative leave holidays, used specifically for winter break.
    Faculty
    Paid leave for regular faculty varies based on your pay group. Visit the paid leave page for details.
  • Tuition Remission

    All regular exempt and non-exempt, full-time UB employees may receive up to 8 credits each semester free of tuition charge at any USM institution, in accordance with IRS tax liability regulations. Some schools may limit the number of credits during the summer session. The benefit is offered immediately upon hire for you to use at the start of the next semester.

    The benefit for your spouse and dependent children are determined by your hire date. Click for more tuition remission information.

  • Life Insurance

    Employees may obtain coverage for themselves, spouse, and/or dependent children from a:

    In addition to these options, employees who enroll in the Maryland State Pension System for retirement coverage, (see below) are entitled to a death benefit should the employee die while in active service after having been employed for at least one year. This death benefit is equal to your annual salary and payable to your designated beneficiary or beneficiaries.

  • Retirement or Pension Plan

    State law mandates that all regular employees enroll in a retirement plan as follows:

    Employee Type Retirement Plan
    Regular, Non-exempt Employees Regular, non-exempt employees are required to join the Maryland State Pension System.
    University System of Maryland Police Officers All police officers employed by USM must enroll in the Law Enforcement Officer's Pension System (LEOPS).
    Regular, Exempt Employees

    Maryland State Pension System, or
    Optional Retirement Plan (ORP) with the choice of two managing companies:

    1. Fidelity

    2. TIAA-CREF

    Maryland State Pension System: The State Pension system is a defined benefit plan, and the amount of an employee's monthly retirement is dependent upon an annual average final salary and the number of years of service.

    Optional Retirement Plan (ORP): The Optional Retirement Plans are defined contribution plans. Monthly retirement is determined by the amount of funds in the account and the annuity method selected at the time of retirement.

    Click here to access the Choosing a Retirement Program handbook.

  • Long Term Disability

    This plan offered by UNUM, provides an income benefit of 60% of an employee's salary up to a maximum of $8000 per month in the event that an employee becomes temporarily disabled. The benefit begins after a required waiting period chosen by you. Waiting periods are 90-day or 365-day.

  • Tax Deferred Plans

    You may choose to enroll in any of the following plans:

    Click here for a comparison of the plans.

  • Employee Assistance Program

    The Employee Assistance Program provides employees and their household members with free, confidential assistance to help with personal or professional problems that may interfere with work or family responsibilities and obligations. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a toll-free number (800.346.0110).Click for more EAP information.

  • Leave Cashout

    When a regular employee terminates from USM employment, leave is cashed out as follows:

    • all accrued annual leave
    • accrued holidays up to the date of resignation or retirement

    If an employee leaves USM service but transfers to another State agency, all leave, with the exception of compensatory time and earned holidays, is transferred to the new agency.

  • State Employees Credit Union (SECU)

    All regular employees are eligible to join the State Employees' Credit Union. Automatic deposits from an employee's pay can be made to the account. One branch is located at 201 W. Preston Street, a 5-minute walk from UB.

  • Direct Deposit

    All regular employees are required to set up direct deposit to a federally-insured financial institution of the employee's choice. Initially an employee must use this direct deposit form, then can use the Payroll Online Service Center for viewing pay check information and updating direct deposit information. 

  • Injury on the Job

    University employees are covered under the Workers' Compensation laws of the State of Maryland.

Contingent II Employees

The following benefits are offered to contingent II. Click to obtain more information about the benefit. If you need more information that is not listed here, please contact the Office of Human Resources.

  • Health Insurance

    Health insurance for contingent II employees is not subsidized. If you opt for coverage, you are responsible for the full cost of the plan. You send monthly payments to the State of Maryland Employee Benefits office. If you wish to enroll in an unsubsidized health plan through UB, the plan options are:
    • Preferred Provider Networks (PPO)
    • Point-of-Service Plans (POS)
    • Exclusive Provider Organizations (EPO)
    • Dental insurance
    • Prescription drug plan

    Employees may opt to enroll in additional health plans that are paid for by you. Those include:

    • personal accident and dismemberment plan

    Information about all plan options are available from the State Employees section of the Department of Budget & Management Web site.

  • Paid Leave

    Contingent II employes earn up to eight days of contingent paid leave and eleven holidays per contract period (July through June). The earned holidays are: New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving, the day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

    Your contract must be in effect during the holiday to earn the paid leave for that holiday. Leave is pro-rated if you work less than full time. Click here for additional information about paid leave.

  • Tuition Waiver Program

    You may register for up to eight (8) credits per semester (fall, spring, and summer) at the University of Baltimore only. Benefits are prorated for employees who work less than full time but at least 50%. Employees must be hired and working at the beginning of the semester to qualify for the tuition waiver for that semester.

    No benefits are offered to a Contingent II employee's spouse or dependent child(ren). Click for more tuition remission information.

  • Life Insurance

    You may obtain coverage for yourself, your spouse, and/or dependent children. The options are:

  • Long Term Disability

    This plan offered by UNUM, provides an income benefit of 60% of an employee's salary up to a maximum of $8000 per month in the event that an employee becomes temporarily disabled. The benefit begins after a required waiting period chosen by you. Waiting periods are 90-day or 365-day.

  • Tax Deferred Plans

    You may choose to enroll in any of the following plans:

    Click here for a comparison of the plans.

  • Employee Assistance Program

    The Employee Assistance Program provides employees and their household members with free, confidential assistance to help with personal or professional problems that may interfere with work or family responsibilities and obligations. Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via a toll-free number (800.346.0110).Click for more EAP information.

  • Leave Cashout

    There is not a cash-out provision for Contingent II employees. Leave earned during a fiscal year must be used within that time frame. Any leave time remaining at the end of the fiscal year is lost.

  • State Employees Credit Union (SECU)

    Contingent II employees are eligible to join the State Employees' Credit Union. Automatic deposits from an employee's pay can be made to the account. One branch is located at 201 W. Preston Street, a 5-minute walk from UB.

  • Direct Deposit

    Contingent II employees are required to set up direct deposit to a federally-insured financial institution of the employee's choice. Initially an employee must use this direct deposit form, then can use the Payroll Online Service Center for viewing pay check information and updating direct deposit information. 

  • Injury on the Job

    University employees are covered under the Workers' Compensation laws of the State of Maryland.

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