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Health Insurance
The University provides all full-time classified employees with health insurance coverage at group rates. There are three plan offerings:

  • COVA Care, a PPO plan administered by Anthem BlueCross BlueShield,
  • COVA HDHP, a high deductible plan administered by Anthem BlueCross BlueShield; and
  • COVA HealthAware, a POS (consumer directed health) plan administered by Aetna.

Initial Enrollment requests are made within 30 days of when you begin employment with the State (including being rehired more than 30 days after termination from the State) or become newly eligible for State coverage. All initial enrollment elections are effective the first of the month following the date you become eligible to enroll. When that date is the first of the month, elections are effective that day. For more information visit DHRM's health benefits website.

Flexible Spending Accounts
Employees may participate in both medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts. A medical spending account allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for medical, dental, vision care or other eligible expenses not covered by your medical plan. A dependent care spending account allows you to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for eligible dependent care expenses.

Life Insurance
The university provides all full-time classified employees with group life insurance. The principal amount of life insurance is two times the annual salary rounded to the next highest thousand dollars for natural death, four times the annual salary rounded to the next highest thousand for accidental death. Life insurance premiums are paid by the university.

Optional Life Insurance
The optional life insurance plan provides all full-time classified employees a way to supplement the basic group life insurance for themselves, a spouse and/or children. There are four options: one, two, three or four times your annual salary. Optional life insurance premiums are paid by the employee and based on the employee's age and annual salary for coverage for employee and child. Cost for spousal coverage is based on spouse's age and employee's annual salary. For more information visit the VRS website.

All full-time classified employees are provided membership in the Virginia Retirement System. The university supplements federal Social Security benefits with the Virginia Retirement System's provisions for disability or age retirement. Members are vested in the retirement system with the completion of five years of credited service. Both the employee and employer contribute to the plan. All income on retirement contributions is accumulated in the retirement fund. For more information visit Virginia Retirement System.

Workers' Compensation Insurance
Classified employees incapacitated by injury or illness as defined by the Workers' Compensation Act are entitled to benefits provided by the act. The Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission requires all job-related injuries and illnesses be reported immediately by the employee to their supervisor. The employee is required to be treated by one of the panel of physicians approved by the university if medical services are needed.

Employee Leave
Various types of leave are available to classified employees. For more information visit Human Resources Types of Leave.

The university observes 12 authorized holidays each year. These holidays are scheduled to meet the needs of the university's academic calendar. Please refer to Policy 1102 of the James Madison University Manual of Policies and Procedures for the current schedule.

Tax-deferred Annuities and Deferred Compensation Plan
Tax-deferred annuities are available from university approved companies. The university also offers a deferred-compensation plan (457) administered by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The state provides a half match plan up to $20 per pay period.

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Additional Benefits

CommonHealth is an employee wellness program that provides a choice of how one can improve or maintain physical and mental health. Programs vary each semester. For more information visit CommonHealth.

Employee Assistance Program
Employees of the Commonwealth who experience personal problems can get help through an employee assistance program covered under their health insurance benefits. For more information visit DHRM's health benefits website.

Recreational Activities
There are numerous opportunities for classified employees to participate in recreational activities on campus. University recreational facilities are available to classified employees and their immediate families. Season football and basketball tickets are available to classified employees at a reduced cost.

The Parking Services program is under the direction of Business Services. For the latest information concerning employee vehicle registration, please refer to the Faculty and Staff sections on the Parking services website or contact the parking office at 568-3300.

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Professional Development and Education

On-Campus Waiver of Tuition Program
Full-time employees may pursue on-campus courses of instruction offered by the university without paying tuition. Certain requirements must be met prior to course registration.

University-Financed Education Programs
The university finances special programs of instruction for classified employees. Instruction under this program must be directly related to the long-range operational needs of the university. The program is designed to train employees in the use of new or modified equipment and development of skills required for changes in position. Contact the University Training Center for additional information.

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Credit Unions
The university offers two credit unions classified employees may join. Participation in these associations is secured through the purchase of one or more shares of stock and membership fee payment. Employees may apply for a loan through the purchase of one or more shares of stock and membership fee payment. Employees may apply for a loan through the credit union and current interest rates and also maintain a savings account with pays interest based on credit union earnings. Other services available to members are Christmas clubs, vacation clubs, share drafts and checking accounts.

Americans With Disabilities Act
The Office of Equal Opportunity monitors the university's compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Employees requiring assistance or reasonable accommodation should contact their immediate supervisor or activity coordinator. ADA policy issues should be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity or Human Resources.

Equal Employment Opportunity
It is the policy of James Madison University to promote equal opportunity as it relates to employment, promotion, compensation, benefits, training, educational programs and the opportunity to progress with the university. Such opportunities will not be restricted because of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, parental status, or political affiliation.

Optional Services

  • Library: Use of books, periodicals and reference materials
  • Theater: Movies at reduced rates
  • Bookstore, post office, banking and dining facilities

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