Benefits refer to products, services and/or options made available to employees at Mountwest Community & Technical College. Benefits are provided according to employment type and include retirement plans,** health/life/long-term disability insurance, flexible benefits, annual and sick leave, holidays, etc. Benefits comprise a generous portion of the compensation package for eligible employees and are provided by the College and the State of West Virginia. Newly hired benefits-eligible employees of Mountwest Community & Technical College will be provided with a benefits package. A benefits session will be scheduled for the employee to enroll in the various options below.

Insurance Plans

Health Insurance
Medical insurance covers hospital and surgical services, physician expenses, laboratory fees, x-ray services, and prescription drugs. There are two options available for benefits-eligible employees at Mountwest Community & Technical College. Please view the Summary of Benefits & Coverage for more information. Additionally, all employees, regardless of benefits-eligible status, can participate in the new Health Insurance Marketplace Coverage Options. Open Enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace began October 1, 2013. Please click here to access information regarding the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Available Plans from PEIA and The Health Plan: click here

Life Insurance
Basic Life Insurance is provided to all benefits-eligible employees at Mountwest Community & Technical College. Group Life Insurance is underwritten by Securian Life Insurance Company and is administered by PEIA. Additional Life Insurance plans through PEIA include decreasing term optional life insurance and dependent life insurance at competitive rates. View informaiton about Life insurance from Securian here.

Mountaineer Flexible Benefits
These benefits are offered to employees through Fringe Benefits Management Company (FBMC), a third-party administrator for PEIA. The following benefits are available to benefits-eligible employees:

Download the Mountaineer Flexible Benefits guide for active employees.

Benefits-eligible employees are required to participate in a retirement plan of 6% of his/her gross salary, which is matched by the College, to the 401(a) defined contribution plan of their choice. Contributions begin on the date of employment and are vested immediately.

Current Retirement Options:
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA)
Empower Retirement , formerly Great West

**A Supplemental Retirement Plan, 403(b) is available to all employees of Mountwest Community & Technical College, regardless of benefits-eligible status. This plan allows employees to supplement their retirement savings with the benefits of tax-defferal and payroll deduction. Please contact Human Resources, Employee Development & Payroll for more information regarding supplemental retirement plans.

Retirement Planning

The Office of HR, Employee Development & Payroll has created a retirement planning checklist specifically for employees of Mountwest Community & Technical College. Additional resources from TIAA-CREF are also provided in this section to aid in the retirement planning process.

            - Mountwest Retirement Checklist

            - Quiz: Test Your Retirement Knowledge

            - Advice and Guidance from TIAA

Annual Leave
Mountwest provides paid leave to benefits-eligible staff and 12-month faculty. Accrual rates are based upon type of employment and/or years of service. Other benefits-eligible employees accumulate annual leave on a pro-rated basis. Casual and temporary employees are not considered to be benefits-eligible and do not earn annual leave.

Sick Leave
Mountwest provides benefits-eligible employees (does not include less than 12-month faculty) the opportunity to take paid leave for the purposes of sickness, injury, or temporary disability, as well as the serious illness or death of a member of an employee's immediate family.

Family Medical Leave Act/Parental Leave Act
Provides employees with up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave due to their own serious health condition, the illness of a child, spouse, parent or other dependent, or for the birth or adoption of a child, and to address certain qualifying exigencies for covered military family members. Mountwest Community & Technical College employees are covered under both the federal law,The Family and Medical Leave Act, and the state law, The Parental Leave Act. The law providing the most generous benefit to the employee is the one that prevails. Download a copy of The Department of Labor WH-1420, General Notice.

Military Leave
Entitles employee members of the National Guard or any Reserve component of the Armed Forces of the United States up to 30 days of leave without loss of pay, status, or efficiency rating when such leave is required by orders issued by a military branch of the state or federal government.

Mountwest observes the Fiscal Year 2018 Holiday Schedule. Additional holidays may be appointed or recommended by the Governor of West Virginia or the President of the United States for general cessation of business. Holidays occurring on a Saturday or a Sunday will be observed on either the preceding Friday or the following Monday.

Religious Holidays
In accordance with federal law, Mountwest Community & Technical College will grant reasonable time off to employees who wish to observe religious holidays not included on the list of recognized holidays as long as it does not cause undue operational hardship within the department. Such time off shall be charged to annual leave.

Social Security
Social Security is a federal program that provides retirement income, disability benefits, and health care for people 65 and older. For every dollar withheld from an employee's paycheck, the College contributes an equal amount. Detailed information about particular benefits can be obtained by contacting the Social Security Administration.

COBRA entitles employees, retired employees, and covered dependent(s) to continue medical coverage, for 18- or 36-months, in certain cases when coverage would otherwise terminate, provided the employee, retired employee, and/or dependent(s) pays the full premium. The premiums for COBRA coverage are set by Federal law. HealthSmart Benefit Solutions handles COBRA enrollment for all plans and will contact you if you become eligible.


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