Overview: Southern Oregon University provides all eligible employees with choice benefit options available only to State of Oregon Employees. As such, SOU employees only pay 3% or 5% for Core Medical premiums, have access to quality Optional Benefits and many Wellness Benefits that encourage a healthy work-life balance. Also, qualified employees can partake in OPSRP (Oregon Public Service Retirement Program), an exclusive PERS hybrid retirement plan, or ORP (Oregon Retirement Program), where the University will match up to 4% of your investment (only available to Unclassified employees).
PEBB (Public Employees Benefits Board) is the labor-management board that designs, contracts and administers benefits for State of Oregon employees. To become a PEBB member, you must actively enroll in a medical plan (or enroll to opt out of PEBB medical, not a decline) within 30 days from the date you were hired. You will be automatically enrolled in basic employee term life insurance at $5K of coverage and have the option to enroll in all other PEBB benefits. Learn more about PEBB.
Eligibility: Your position must be intended to work at least half-time and for at least 90 days. Any other form of eligibility would come by notification from the Benefits Officer. Other individuals eligible for coverage are employee’s spouse or domestic partner, dependent children and domestic partner's children.
Enrolling: Newly hired or newly eligible employees may enroll online (if employment information has feed through systems) or by submitting required forms and any necessary documentation to the Benefits Office within 30 days of eligibility or hire date. Coverage is effective the first of the following month from the date forms are submitted. Open Enrollment is required by all eligible employees and takes place in the month of October. This is typically the only time an employee can make a change to their benefits. Open Enrollment changes take effect the first of the year.
Benefit Summary overviews available benefits. For detailed benefit information, refer to the Core, Optional and Wellenss tabs.
Your health benefits are comprised of three categories:
- Core Benefits: group insurance offers medical, dental, vision and a guaranteed $5k of employee life insurance. The employee pays either 3% or 5% or the total benefit premium cost, depending on what elections are made.
- Optional Benefits: Life Insurances, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, long term care and flex-spending accounts are available for employees and employees eligible dependants. The employee pays 100% of these premiums.
- Wellness Benefits: A bundle of benefits available at no charge, where knowledge, assistance and resources are provided to employees n that encourages a wholesome and complete lifestyle.
- Use the New Hire Enrollment Guide to make decisions about your health benefits.
- Use the New Hire Core & Optional Enrollment Form to elect health benefits, or enroll online through the PEBB Portal.
- All other forms needed can be found here.
After six full months of employment, eligible unclassified employees may choose between two retirement plans: the Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (PERS/OPSRP) and the Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). After six full months of employment eligible classified employees become OPSRP members. In both the PERS and ORP plans, the University contributes a specified percentage.