COLORADO COMMUNITY COLLEGE SYSTEM
SYSTEM PROCEDURE

Employee Benefits


SP 3-60a

APPROVED: June 9, 2021
EFFECTIVE: July 1, 2021

REFERENCE: Board Policy on Employee Benefits, BP 3-60, Affordable Care Act

APPROVED:

/ Joseph A. Garcia /
Joseph A. Garcia, Chancellor

Basis

This Procedure establishes the benefits package for eligible employees of the Colorado Community College System, including its Colleges (CCCS or System), in accordance with Board Policy (BP) 3-60 Employee Benefits and Leave.

Application

Unless otherwise specified, the benefits established in this Procedure are available to faculty, administrators, and professional and technical staff, designated at .75 FTE or greater (“Benefit-eligible Employees”). Benefits for Classified employees are regulated by the Department of Personnel and Administration (DPA) and administered through the System according to established rules and procedures.

Procedure

Health and Other Benefits
The SBCCOE benefits package for eligible CCCS Employees may include options for group health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, disability plans, group life insurance, travel and/or accident insurance, and tax-sheltered annuities.

Employees outside the scope of this policy may qualify to enroll in the health benefits portion of the SBCCOE benefits package. Eligibility will be determined annually according to procedures established to meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and its implementation within the System (see operational guide for additional details).

Retirement
All employees of CCCS are entitled to regular retirement, early retirement, or disability retirement, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Colorado Public Employees’ Retirement Association (PERA).

Benefit eligible employees who meet the qualifications and who retire under the PERA Defined Benefit plan shall receive payout of unused accrued sick leave in accordance with the provisions contained in the sick leave sections of SP 3-60b, Employee Leave.

PERA retirement is only applicable to PERA Defined Benefit plans. Employees enrolled in the PERA Defined Contribution plan do not retire under PERA. However, employees enrolled in the PERA Defined Contribution plan who can provide official documentation to Human Resources showing that their combined years of service and age would have allowed them to retire under the PERA Defined Benefit plan shall receive payout of unused accrued sick leave in accordance with the provisions contained in the sick leave sections of SP 3-60b, Employee Leave. It is the employee’s responsibility to work with PERA to gather and to provide this documentation to Human Resources.

Employees who were hired or reinstated under the scope of the Policy before July 1, 1988, with no break in service, and who take early (reduced) retirement under PERA regulations at time of separation, shall be entitled to have the College or System office continue to pay the employee’s share of the group health and life insurance premium up to the amount paid for active employees until the employee reaches age 65. Payment shall be made to the PERA health insurance plan.

PERA retirees are eligible for temporary employment within the System in accordance with PERA rules at a rate of pay determined by the Appointing Authority. PERA retirees employed on a temporary basis are eligible for sick leave and the tax-sheltered annuities.

Revising this Procedure

CCCS reserves the right to change any provisions or requirements of this procedure at any time and the change shall become effective immediately.