LaGuardia Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY) offers a comprehensive benefits package to all employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. These benefits include health coverage under the City of New York’s Health Benefits Program, Welfare Fund benefits for prescription drugs, optical, dental and disability coverage, and participation in a retirement system. The retirement systems that you may be eligible to join are the NYC Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), NYC Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) & the Optional Retirement Program (TIAA-CREF). In addition, there are several optional benefits available to employees, such as participation in one of the many voluntary savings plan, enrollment in a commuter benefits program, or a New York’s 529 College Savings Program, tuition waivers, employee assistance programs and others. Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria based on job title to be eligible for health benefits.
Eligible employees (based on job title and classification) are required to acquire health insurance from the College or show proof of alternative coverage within 30 days of their appointment. In the fall of every year, employees are offered the opportunity to change their medical benefits during an open enrollment period. The new medical benefits are effective the first day of the first full payroll period in January. The choice of the retirement system is irrevocable. For detailed information on the Benefits package, please refer to the following resources:
It is important that any changes (name, address, telephone number, family status, birth death, divorce, etc.) be reported to the Human Resources Department within 30 days of the occurrences so that the necessary adjustments to fringe benefits can be made in a timely manner. The “ Change of Name and/or Address” form is available under “Forms” section.