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The University of Illinois at Chicago and the State of Illinois offer competitive wages, benefit programs and resources for employees. UIC is strongly committed to providing equitable benefit options throughout each stage of employment. Many benefits become effective on the first day of employment. Benefits offered by UIC include health care options, wellness programs, educational opportunities, tuition assistance, vacations, holidays and other leave benefits, and University retirement plans.
Detailed information on specific employee benefits may be found in subsequent sections or on the NESSIE website.
Benefit Overview Orientation sessions are held on all campuses. Sessions are designed to provide comprehensive materials and information to new benefit-eligible employees. Benefit selection must be completed within the first 30 calendar days of employment. Please see the Benefits Overview Guide (PDF) for information and assistance.
The University of Illinois at Chicago provides benefits to employees to enhance their work experience and economic security. Some of these benefits include, but are not limited to:
Benefits are subject to change at any time.
State of Illinois benefits are provided by the Group Insurance Act of 1971, which gives the State's Department of Central Management Services (CMS) the authority and responsibility to design, administer, negotiate and/or contract for benefits.
Any change in these benefits is decided upon by CMS and becomes effective for all State of Illinois employees. Benefits include:
The University of Illinois at Chicago also offers optional supplemental benefits. University of Illinois at Chicago benefits are approved by the Board of Trustees and managed by the University. Benefits include:
In addition to the State and University benefits, eligible employees are required to participate in benefits offered through the State Universities Retirement System (SURS). Benefits include:
Each year the University of Illinois at Chicago holds an open enrollment period, typically during the month of May, called Benefit Choice. Any change in State or University benefits is implemented at this time and becomes effective the following July 1.
Changes to benefits plans can typically be made only during Benefit Choice or when experiencing a qualifying event. Some plans allow enrollments and changes at any time of the year.
Employee benefits eligibility is determined by several factors, including full or part-time status as well as appointment /classification type (Civil Service, Academic Professional, faculty etc.), job, and in cases of some foreign national employees, tax status.
General Benefits Eligibility
Employees newly eligible for benefits have 30 calendar days from their hire date or eligibility date to make State Insurance plan elections, including declining insurance coverage.
Failure to elect insurance plans within 30 calendar days results in the following default enrollment for both full and part-time employees:
Please visit University of Illinois Benefits for full details. Also see Benefit Choice FAQs.
Specific details on benefits plans, changes to benefits, and accessing general and personal benefits information are provided in NESSIE, including:
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