Insurance Benefit Information for Faculty
Unless you are notified by Clark College Human Resources, you are not eligible for insurance benefits.
An employee is eligible if:
- Clark College anticipates the faculty will teach half-time or more for the entire instructional year or equivalent nine-month period, or
- For faculty hired on a quarter-to-quarter basis, if the faculty teaches two consecutive quarters at 50% or more of a full-time load. Spring and fall are considered consecutive quarters when first establishing eligibility.
All hours worked in any non-faculty position, standby hours, and any temporary increase in work hours, of 6 consecutive months or less, caused by training or emergencies that have not been or are not anticipated to be part of the employee's regular work schedule or pattern, are not counted towards eligibility.
Links to WAC rules regarding eligibility:
Stacking Workloads; Faculty may establish eligibility and maintain the employer contribution towards insurance coverage by working as faculty for more than one Washington State institution of higher education. When a faculty works for more than one Washington State institution of higher education, it is the faculty's responsibility to notify all of the agencies, each quarter, in writing, of employment at more than one institution and may be eligible through stacking. If you fail to inform all of your State of Washington higher education institutions of your teaching assignments at other institutions during the quarter, you will not be eligible for retroactive benefits.
Summer or Off-Quarter Averaging: All benefits-eligible faculty (eligible under WAC 182-12-114(3)) who work an average of half-time or more throughout the entire instructional year or equivalent nine-month period and work each quarter of the instructional year or equivalent nine-month period are eligible for the employer contribution toward summer or off-quarter insurance coverage.
Two-Year Averaging: All benefits-eligible faculty (eligible under WAC 182-12-114(3)) who worked an average of half-time or more in each of the two preceding academic years are potentially eligible to receive uninterrupted employer contribution to PEBB benefits. "Academic Year" means summer, fall, winter, and spring quarters or summer, fall and spring semesters and begins with summer quarter/semester. In order to be eligible for the employer contribution through two-year averaging, faculty must provide written notification of his or her potential eligibility to Clark College Human Resources by the deadline established in the Administrative Policies and Procedures Manual. Faculty continue to receive uninterrupted employer contribution for each academis year in which they: 1) are employed on a quarter/semester to quarter/semester basis and work at least two quarters or two semesters; and 2) have an average workload of half-time or more for three quarters or two semesters. Eligibility for the employer contribution under two-year averaging ceases immediately if the eligibility criteria is not met or if the eligibility criteria becomes impossible to meet.
All faculty who lose eligibility for the employer contribution will regain it if they return to a faculty position where it is anticipated that they will work half-time or more for the quarter/semester no later than the twelfth month after the month in which they lost eligibility.
Employees can access PEBB (Public Employee Benefits Board) rules and guidance through the PEBB website (www.pebb.hca.wa.gov) , specifically WAC 182-12-114 and 182-12-131. If an employee has a change that affects his or her eligibility for benefits, Clark College will notify the employee. Employees have the right to ask Clark College to re-evaluate their eligibility at any time.
It is the employee's responsibility to inform Clark College immediately if they are returning from layoff status within 24 months of their layoff date. For the limited purpose of determining PEBB benefits eligibility, "layoff" is defined in WAC 182-12-109 and there are examples of application in WAC 182-12-129 and 133 (1)(e)).
It is the employee's responsibility to inform Clark College immediately if they have or obtain multiple jobs or positions within Clark College.
Employees have the right to appeal any eligibility decisions for PEBB benefits (current and future) made by a PEBB-participating employing agency through the PEBB Appeals Process. The PEBB appeals process begins with requesting a review from your employer. For a complete explanation of the appeals process and the appeals forms, visit the PEBB website