Temporary employees are eligible for certain benefits depending on the nature of the position. If you have questions about what you are eligible for, please reach out to your HR Coordinator or to ua-benefits@alaska.edu.

 

Extended Temporary Employees

 

Extended temporary employees are hired to work at least 30 hours per week on a regular basis at the time of hire. As an extended temporary employee, you are eligible to receive the following benefits:

  • Health care coverage through the University of Alaska 
  • Accrue and use sick leave
  • Participate in a Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) retirement plan 

Extended temporary employees are not eligible to participate in:

  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment insurance 

For information about the three UA Choice Health Care Plans offered, please visit the medical webpage of the benefits website. You will find plan summaries, plan comparison, rates, and other beneficial information to help you in the decision making process. 

If you find you need additional assistance, please contact TouchCare as they can help you choose which plan may be right for you.

To enroll in a UA Choice Health Care Plan for you and your dependents, please complete the temporary employee enrollment form via NextGen (must have UA login credentials to access forms) within 30 days from your employment date. 

  • You must have supporting documentation to provide proof of relationship at time of enrollment. For information on a Financially Interdependent Partner (FIP), please review the FIP Statement and FIP Form.
  •  If you do not make a selection within the 30 day election period, you will automatically waive your right to health care coverage.
  • You must remain employed to maintain coverage through a UA Choice Plan.
As an extended temporary employee, you are also eligible to accrue and use sick leave. More information on sick leave can be found on our sick leave webpage
As an extended temporary employee, you are eligible to participate in a Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) retirement plan. More information on the TDA can be found on our TDA webpage.

If you are an employee who is re-entering the workforce after retirement from a PERS or TRS plan with the State of Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits (DRB), you must meet the bona fide termination regulations.

  • You cannot return to work in any capacity with the same employer from which you retired for at least 6 months if under 62 years old at retirement or 60 days if over 62 years old at retirement.
  • There can be no pre-arranged return to work agreement - either written or verbal.

If you have retired from PERs or TRS and are returning to the workforce, please reach out to the DRB at 1-800-821-2251 to see how this will affect you. The DRB also provides bona fide retirement resources on their website. 

Temporary Employees

 

Temporary employees are typically expected to work up to 29 hours per week. Temporary employees do not qualify for health care coverage unless they work an average of 30+ hours per week during our 6 month look-back periods.

Temporary employees may be eligible for health care coverage after a 6 month look back period from the employee's start date. If a temporary employee works an average of 30 hours per week (130 hours per month), the employee will be provided an opportunity to enroll in coverage for a 6 month period. Temporary employees must remain employed to maintain coverage on a UA Choice Plan. 

After the 6 month period is over, the employee will need to meet the hour requirements over the previous 6 months again in order to maintain coverage for the next 6 months.

A member of the benefits team will notify temporary employees if they are eligible for health care and provide instructions on how to enroll.

As a temporary employee you are eligible to participate in a Tax-Deferred Annuity (TDA) retirement plan. More information on the TDA can be found on our TDA webpage.

If you are an employee who is re-entering the workforce after retirement from a PERS or TRS plan with the State of Alaska Division of Retirement and Benefits (DRB), you must meet the bona fide termination regulations.

  • You cannot return to work in any capacity with the same employer from which you retired for at least 6 months if under 62 years old at retirement or 60 days if over 62 years old at retirement.
  • There can be no pre-arranged return to work agreement - either written or verbal.

If you have retired from PERs or TRS and are returning to the workforce, please reach out to the DRB at 1-800-821-2251 to see how this will affect you. The DRB also provides bona fide retirement resources on their website.