CCNY Employee Benefits

Welcome to the CCNY Benefits home page!

Here, CCNY Faculty, Staff and PhD Students can find resources for their respective unions, and benefit information. Please frequently visit this page to view updated benefit news, form changes or updates made.

 

News and Announcements...

July 2021
Health Benefits Program Insurance Rate Changes


As in previous years, please be advised that some health insurance premiums are changing as of July 1, 2021. Please click on the links below to view the Health Insurance Rate Changes Notice, Health Insurance Premiums Rate Chart and the Health Insurance Premiums Comparison Rate Chart that compares the current rates with the March 1st rates and a column that highlights the increase or decrease in some cases. 

July 2021 Health Benefits Program Rate Changes Notice
July 2021 Health Insurance Premiums Rate Chart
July 2021 Health Insurance Premiums Comparison Rate Chart

Please note that there are increases in some of the plans such as AETNA EPO, GHI HMO, HIP HMO Standard and Vytra.  The new 2021 rates outlined in the link above will take effect on July 1, 2021. The new Health Insurance rates will be updated in paychecks dated August 12, 2021 for employees on current and lag payroll cycles. In upcoming weeks, CUNY will provide more detailed information on the amounts and dates of adjustments that will be made if there was an increase or decrease of your current health plan rate/premium.

BUY-OUT-WAIVER PAYMENT UPDATE
Employees who participate in the Buy-Out-Waiver Program normally receive the incentive payment in the first or second paycheck in the month of July. Due to delayed processing, the incentive payment will be on the August 26th paycheck. Please review your paycheck to make sure you received the payment. Feel free to contact us if there are any discrepancies.
 

April 1, 2021
American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) COBRA Subsidy

Under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), Assistance Eligible Individuals may receive fully subsidized COBRA for periods of coverage from April 1, 2021 through September 30, 2021.

To be eligible for the Subsidized COBRA, you:
•    MUST have a COBRA qualifying event that is a reduction in hours or an involuntary termination of a covered employee’s employment from October 2019 to present;
•    MUST elect COBRA continuation coverage;
•    MUST NOT be eligible for Medicare; AND
•    MUST NOT be eligible for coverage under any other group health plan, such as a plan sponsored by a new employer or a spouse’s employer.

For Additional Information and Forms that you may be required to fill out, please go to the appropriate links below:

Adjuncts (Teaching and Non-Teaching)
To determine if you are an Assistance Eligible Individual and to find out more information on COBRA and the ARP COBRA Subsidy – please review the following: ARP COBRA Subsidy Notice

If after reviewing the ARP COBRA Subsidy Notice you believe you are eligible and would like to elect COBRA as of April 1, 2021 with the full premium subsidized you must fill out the following:

1.    Request for Treatment as an Assistance Eligible Individual – please return the completed form to UniversityBenefitsAdjuncts@CUNY.edu
2.    City of New York COBRA Application – please return the completed form to the health plan at the address listed in the Application.
3.    PSC Welfare Fund COBRA Application (for use before 07/01/21) PSC Welfare Fund COBRA Application (for use from 07/01/21) – please return the completed form to the PSC Welfare Fund at the address listed in the Application.

Participants in the PSC Welfare Fund 
To determine if you are an Assistance Eligible Individual and to find out more information on COBRA and the ARP COBRA Subsidy – please review the following: ARP COBRA Subsidy Notice

If after reviewing the ARP COBRA Subsidy Notice you believe you are eligible and would like to elect COBRA as of April 1, 2021 with the full premium subsidized you must fill out the following:

1.    Request for Treatment as an Assistance Eligible Individual – please return the completed form to UniversityBenefits@CUNY.edu
2.    City of New York COBRA Application – please return the completed form to the health plan at the address listed in the Application.
3.    PSC Welfare Fund COBRA Application (for use before 07/01/21) PSC Welfare Fund COBRA Application (for use from 07/01/21) – please return the completed form to the PSC Welfare Fund at the address listed in the Application.

Classified Staff 
To determine if you are an Assistance Eligible Individual and to find out more information on COBRA and the ARP COBRA Subsidy – please review the following: ARP COBRA Subsidy Notice

If after reviewing the ARP COBRA Subsidy Notice you believe you are eligible and would like to elect COBRA as of April 1, 2021 with the full premium subsidized you must fill out the following:

1.    Request for Treatment as an Assistance Eligible Individual – please return the completed form to UniversityBenefits@CUNY.edu
2.    City of New York COBRA Application – please return the completed form to the health plan at the address listed in the Application.
 

March 1, 2021
Paid Family Leave - PSC-CUNY Members

Dear PSC-CUNY Members: 

Pursuant to bargaining between the City University of New York (CUNY) and the Professional Staff Congress (PSC), Paid Family Leave (PFL) benefits will be available for PSC-represented employees at Senior Colleges (including the Brooklyn EOC and Queens EOC) beginning March 8, 2021. Under PFL you may be eligible to take up to twelve weeks of PFL for one of the following events: 

•    Bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child
•    Care for a family member with a serious health condition, or 
•    Assist loved ones when a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent is deployed abroad on active military service.  

Payroll Deduction
Employees pay for these benefits through a small weekly payroll deduction, which is a percentage of your weekly wages up to a cap set annually. 

•    The 2021 payroll contribution is 0.511% of an employee’s weekly wage and is capped at an annual maximum of $385.34.  Note: Employees earning less than the New York State Average Weekly Wage ($1,450.17 per week), will have an annual contribution amount less than the cap of $385.34, consistent with their actual weekly wages. This deduction may fluctuate week to week, depending on your hours worked.

You will begin seeing this payroll deduction on your March 25, 2021 paycheck. This payroll deduction is mandatory for eligible employees and can only be waived in limited circumstances: 

•    If you work 20+ hours per week, but will not work for 26 consecutive weeks. 
•    If you work less than 20 hours per week, but will not work 175 days in a year. 

If one of these situations applies, you must submit an Employee Opt-Out form which can be found here: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/pfl-waiver-form 

Additional Details and Forms
Below are the New York State Statement of Rights for Paid Family Leave and a Notice of Compliance from our Insurance Carrier – The Standard. Both documents provide further details on the program and important information on how to file for your benefits!

Important Links
CUNY’s Paid Family Leave Site
Senior Colleges’ Paid Family Leave - Notice to Employees – PSC Members
Senior Colleges’ Paid Family Leave - 2021 Statement of Rights – PSC Members
Paid Family Leave Guidelines for PSC Represented Employees
Paid Family Leave Waiver Notice
Claim Form – Bonding with Children
Claim Form – Care for Family Member
Claim Form – Military
 

March 1, 2021
Paid Family Leave - Classified Employees

Dear Classified Employees: 

Beginning March 1, 2021, CUNY Senior College employees in titles represented by the DC37 Union, IATSE Local 306, IBEW Local 3, IBT Local 237, IUOE Local 30, NYSNA, and SEIU Local 300 may be eligible to take up to twelve weeks of Paid Family Leave (PFL) for one of the following events:

•    Bond with a newly born, adopted or fostered child
•    Care for a family member with a serious health condition, or 
•    Assist loved ones when a spouse, domestic partner, child or parent is deployed abroad on active military service.  

Payroll Deduction
Employees pay for these benefits through a small weekly payroll deduction, which is a percentage of your weekly wages up to a cap set annually. 

•    The 2021 payroll contribution is 0.511% of an employee’s weekly wage and is capped at an annual maximum of $385.34.  Note: Employees earning less than the New York State Average Weekly Wage ($1,450.17 per week), will have an annual contribution amount less than the cap of $385.34, consistent with their actual weekly wages. This deduction may fluctuate week to week, depending on your hours worked.

You will begin seeing this payroll deduction on your March 25, 2021 paycheck. This payroll deduction is mandatory for eligible employees and can only be waived in limited circumstances: 

•    If you work 20+ hours per week, but will not work for 26 consecutive weeks. 
•    If you work less than 20 hours per week, but will not work 175 days in a year. 

If one of these situations applies, you must submit an Employee Opt-Out form which can be found here: https://paidfamilyleave.ny.gov/pfl-waiver-form 

Additional Details and Forms
Below are the New York State Statement of Rights for Paid Family Leave and a Notice of Compliance from our Insurance Carrier – The Standard. Both documents provide further details on the program and important information on how to file for your benefits!

Important Links
CUNY’s Paid Family Leave Site
Paid Family Leave - Notice to Employees – Classified Staff
Senior College’s Paid Family Leave - 2021 Statement of Rights – Classified Staff
List of Classified Titles Covered by Paid Family Leave
Paid Family Leave Waiver Notice
Claim Form – Bonding with Children
Claim Form – Care for Family Member
Claim Form – Military 

 

Last Updated: 07/12/21

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EDENRED TRANSIT BENEFIT ENROLLMENT FORM

2021 SALARY REDUCTION AGREEMENT

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KIM FERGUSON
BENEFITS OFFICER
T:212.650.7963
F:212.650.7504
kferguson@ccny.cuny.edu

LAMI HOFF
BENEFITS SPECIALIST 
T:212.650.7671
F:212.650.7504
lhoff@ccny.cuny.edu

KRISTINA SEECHARRAN
BENEFITS COORDINATOR 
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