Retaining High Quality Professionals
Our investment of time and resources reflects our commitment to retain high quality professionals while providing financial protection to employees and their families. We foster an open door management policy, close-knit team members, work life/personal life balance and a personal and friendly atmosphere. In addition, our comprehensive benefits program includes:
Brenau University offers comprehensive medical and prescription plans, including an OAP Standard plan, and a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP). Brenau underwrites a significant portion of the employee’s insurance cost and employees pay the remaining portion, if elected. Employees are eligible to join the plan effective the first day of the month following their date of hire. Brenau recognizes domestic partners under this plan. Current insurance rates can be discussed during the interview process.
Health Savings Account
Benefits eligible employees may choose to participate in our high deductible health plan (HDHP). Covered members in this plan may open a Health Savings Account (HSA) which is funded each year by the employee with pre-tax dollars. Brenau also contributes to help fund your HSA. These HSA dollars can be used to cover 100% of eligible medical, dental and vision expenses. If dollars remain at year-end, they roll over for you to use in the future. Your HSA is owned by you and is also portable, you take it with you if you were to separate from service.
Flexible Savings Account
A Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is a program that allows you to set aside pre-tax money from your paycheck to pay for a variety of eligible Health Care and Dependent Care expenses. The employee determines the amount of expenses incurred during the year and have equal payroll deductions withheld every pay period.
Brenau offers two dental options,; a low-plan and a high-plan. The difference between the two being the high-plan includes additional services such as orthodontia. With our plans, you can see any dentist you choose. Participation in the plan is voluntary and employees pay the full cost for employee and dependent coverage. Brenau recognizes domestic partners under this plan. Current insurance rates can be discussed during the interview process.
Vision insurance is an optional benefit. If elected, the vision plan allows you to use the benefits in-network or out-of-network. Members using the in-network benefits will maximize their plan.
Long-Term Disability Insurance
LTD Insurance provides income security to employees who are unable to work because of an illness or accident. The insurance is 100% Brenau-Paid for all 3/4-time and full-time employees. After the 90th day of disability, an employee is eligible to receive up to 60% of his/her monthly earnings.
Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
Each 3/4-time and full-time employee has a 100% Brenau paid Basic Life Insurance and AD&D policy. Your Life Insurance and AD&D policy is equal to 2.5 times your base annual salary, rounded to the next highest $1,000 with a minimum of $40,000 and a maximum of $500,000. Your spouse and children also have a 100% Brenau Paid Basic Life Insurance Policy. Face amount for spouse is $2,000 and $1,000 for each child.
Supplemental Life Insurance
Brenau has a program allowing 3/4-time and full-time employees to elect supplemental life insurance for themselves, spouse, and children at reduced rates. As a new hire guarantee issue amounts are available to you without having to answer any medical questions. Employees who wish to purchase this coverage after their initial eligibility period will be subject to completing a medical questionnaire and/or physical depending on the amount elected. The rates for this program vary, depending on the amount of insurance requested and the insured’s age.
Retirement Savings Plan
Brenau University offers a 403(b) retirement savings plan with TIAA. Employees may participate immediately, and Brenau will match your payroll savings up to 8% of compensation. The matching contribution is vested immediately and is determined by the employee’s length of service (some service credit may be granted for prior employment with other teaching institutions).
After the completion of six months of service, employees are eligible for the undergraduate or graduate tuition waiver (undergraduate coursework available for spouse and dependent children). Also, reduced tuition is available through reciprocal agreement with many colleges and universities.
A total of up to 12 weeks paid leave will be granted for the birth or adoption of a child in lieu of FMLA leave. This policy only applies to employees who have been employed for a minimum of 12 (continuous) months. This policy does not mandate the full usage of the 12 weeks.
Holidays designated for observance at Brenau are: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and 1/2 day for employee’s birthday. Additional paid leave days may be announced by the President in connection with periods of student absence.
Vacation is earned based on the number of years of employment with the university. On July 1 of each year, the maximum number of allowable days are credited in full to each employee’s leave account.
Employees accrue one day of wellness leave per month (at a rate proportionate to hours worked) i.e.: a full-time employee working 37.5 hours per week will accrue 7.5 hours per month for a total of 12 days per year.
On-site Child Development Center
Brenau operates a childcare facility on the Gainesville campus for employees’ children ages 6 weeks-age 4. All admissions are on a “space available” basis.