Union employee

The benefits information that applies to employees represented by the bargaining units below is detailed in the links.

Local 11

Medical and dental

USC employees who are members of UNITE HERE Local 11 are provided medical and dental benefits through Santa Monica UNITE HERE Health Benefit Fund. Visit the Santa Monica UNITE HERE Health Benefit Fund for more information regarding the medical plans offered. USC Local 11 employees are covered under the Hotel plan.

Approximately three months after their USC hire date, USC Local 11 employees will receive a benefits package from Santa Monica UNITE HERE Health Benefit Fund. The packet will include explanatory materials, an enrollment card, a medical plan choice card, and a pre-addressed postage paid envelope to return the completed materials.

Initial eligibility requirements

Employees become eligible for benefits coverage after meeting the minimum monthly hours worked requirement (60 hours per month for banquet servers, 80 hours per month for all other employees) for five consecutive months after their date of hire. Once eligible, there is a two-month waiting period for processing hours and applications. Coverage begins the month following the waiting period. For example, an employee hired on Jan. 1 and who meets the minimum monthly hours worked requirement for January through May would become benefits-eligible May, have a two-month waiting period in June and July, and would have coverage begin on Aug. 1.

Maintaining eligibility

Eligibility is maintained as long as the employee meets the minimum monthly hours requirement (60 hours per month for banquet servers, 80 hours per month for all other employees) in a calendar month; if the employee works less than that in any given month, eligibility ends after two additional months. Note that after four or more consecutive months of not meeting the minimum monthly hours requirement, employees will need to rebuild their eligibility just as they did when they were newly hired.

For more information, contact:

Health & Welfare
Santa Monica UNITE HERE Health Benefit Fund
1200 Wilshire Blvd, Fifth Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
1-866-345-5189
santamonicauniteherefunds.org

Note that some benefit changes are generally limited to USC’s open enrollment period each year – those are noted in bold in the chart below.

Enroll in these benefit choices in Workday – within 30 days of hire – OR during open enrollment:

Enroll any time at vendor site:

Additional benefit information:

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Local 30

Your benefits mirror those of full-time or part-time faculty/staff.

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CNA (Keck/Norris)

The benefits information that applies specifically to you is linked in the material below, if you are represented by CNA at Keck or Norris.

Enroll in these benefit choices in Workday – within 30 days of hire, upon a qualifying life event, OR during Open Enrollment

Medical

Dental

Other

Additional benefit information

Opt out options

Eligible healthcare benefited employees may voluntarily “opt out” of benefits as follows:

Option 1 – opt out of all USC medical benefits (not dental, vision, life or AD&D insurance)

  • Employee will receive a flat rate of $2 per budgeted hour per pay period.
  • Example: 80 hours x $2 = $160 per pay period

Option 2 – opt out of all USC medical benefits as indicated above and PTO

  • Employee will receive a flat rate of $6.13 per hour.
  • Example: 80 hours x $6.13 = $490.40 per pay period

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CNA (Verdugo Hills)

If you are represented by CNA at Verdugo Hills Hospital, your benefits information is linked below (medical, dental and vision within the chart; scroll down for additional benefits).

2022 employee biweekly cost for plans (salary reduction—pretax dollars)USC Verdugo Hills PPO medical planUSC Verdugo Hills dental planUSC Verdugo Hills vision plan
Employee$36.02$4.42$1.25
Employee+adult OR Employee+child$96.92$9.05$2.50
Employee+children OR Employee+adult+children$144.52$13.54$5.00

Note that the hospital offers eligible nurses a voluntary “opt out” of medical insurance benefits in exchange for additional pay of $50 per pay period. VHH employees opting out of coverage must provide, annually, reasonable evidence of proof of coverage consistent with the Affordable Care Act. No opt out will be paid if VHH knows or has reason to know that the employee or a member of the employee’s family does not have alternate coverage.

Flexible spending accounts

Retirement

Other insurance programs

Tuition assistance for your family (full-time employees)

Tuition assistance for employees (full-time employees)

Additional education benefits

Regular full-time and part-time registered nurses who have completed pre-approved qualified college or university coursework are entitled to participate in the VHH tuition reimbursement program. VHH reimbursement and reimbursement from other sources such as government agencies (e.g., G.I. Bill) or other educational benefits (e.g., scholarships or grants) cannot exceed the cost of tuition. If amounts received from outside sources reach maximum reimbursement level for VHH, the VHH contribution will be reduced. Documentation of outside financial assistance is required before reimbursement by VHH.

Registered nurses with less than three years of service to VHH enrolled in the BSN program will receive reimbursement of 50% of the total cost of the program up to $4500/year. Those with at least three years of service will receive 50% up to $7500/year. And those with five years or more will receive 75% up to $10,000/year. These reimbursements will be made upon submission of grades after each quarter/semester.

Paid education time

Registered nurses will receive their base rate of pay for all in-service meetings designated by VHH as mandatory.

After one year of employment at VHH, regular full-time and part-time registered nurses may request paid education time. VHH will pay nurses at their base rate of pay for the following educational activities:

  • Classes approved by the Board of Registered Nurses to fulfill the Registered Nurses’ Continuing Education Requirements up to 24 hours per year for full-time registered nurses, up to 12 hours per year for part-time registered nurses, and up to eight hours per year for Per Diem staff who have worked at least 700 hours in the previous 12 months.

VHH will provide such time provided the registered nurse complies with each of the following:

  • There will be a direct or indirect benefit to the maintenance of or improvement in the nurse’s skills.
  • Application in writing is received no less than 30 days before the requested date of the education program.
  • Education days will not interfere with staffing requirements for patient care.

Paid time for education may be scheduled by the manager in a manner that reduces the potential for overtime or premium pay for either the registered nurse on education time or the registered nurse providing coverage. Not all time spent in courses will count as time worked for purposes of computing overtime; unused education hours do not roll over to the following year. Travel time to and from such courses will be paid in accordance with federal and state wage and hour laws.

VHH will offer opportunities to participate in specialty training programs (e.g., OR training program, Versant Registered Nurse Residency program, critical care training) at no cost to registered nurse so long as nurse remains in VHH employ for at least two years following participation in the specialty program.

The preceptor training course will continue and opportunities to participate will be posted and not unreasonably denied.

Other perks

VHH employees are also entitled to:

  • Free onsite annual certification renewals
  • Free onsite parking
  • Employee discounts in the VHH cafeteria, gift shop, pharmacy, and entertainment activities

COVID-19 resources

  • Screening and testing – The health plan will pay 100% for only medically necessary screening and testing of COVID-19. Beginning Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, members covered by private health insurance or a group health plan are now able to purchase over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 tests authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) at no cost without a prescription. The reimbursement of OTC COVID-19 tests will remain in effect until the Public Health Emergency (PHE) is rescinded.
    • COVID-19 test kits can be purchased at network pharmacies at $0 member out-of-pocket, with a quantity limit of eight tests per covered individual every 30 days. This eight-test limit does not apply to such test kits ordered with a prescription. COVID-19 tests kits must be purchased at the pharmacy counter with your medical/rx insurance card to ensure that they are processed properly. View Navitus’ list of network pharmacies.
    • Members can also submit a claim for reimbursement for COVID-19 OTC test kits purchased on or after Jan. 15, including those from non-network pharmacies and non-pharmacy locations. The COVID-19 OTC Test Claim Form is also available for download at navitus.com/members. For more detailed information, please view the COVID OTC Testing FAQs.
  • Please see the Coronavirus FAQ and the Coronavirus member information.
  • Your Anthem health plan will cover the care you receive if you’re diagnosed with COVID-19. Anthem will also waive out-of-pocket expenses for the focused test used to diagnose COVID-19.
  • Visit anthem.com/ca/blog or the CDC website at cdc.gov/coronavirus to learn more.

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NUHW (Keck and Norris)

The benefits information that applies specifically to you is linked in the material below, if you are represented by NUHW at Keck or Norris.

Enroll in these benefit choices in Workday – within 30 days of hire, upon a qualifying life event, OR during Open Enrollment

Medical

Dental

Other

Opt out options

Payment in lieu of health benefits (medical only – not dental or vision insurance):

A regular full-time or part-time NUHW Keck or NUHW Norris employee may waive benefits (medical only) and receive $35 per pay period.

A regular full-time LVN, Radiology Technician or Respiratory Therapist may waive medical (only) and receive a flat rate of $2 per budgeted hour per pay period.

Example: 80 hours x $2 = $160 per pay period

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NUHW (Ambulatory)

The benefits information that applies specifically to you is linked in the chart and material below, if you are represented by NUHW in the USC Care Ambulatory Operations group.

Enroll in these benefit choices in Workday – within 30 days of hire, upon a qualifying life event, OR during Open Enrollment

Medical

Dental

Other

Opt out option – payment in lieu of all health benefits

A regular full-time or part-time NUHW-Ambulatory employee may waive medical, dental, and vision benefits and receive $35 per pay period.

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SEIU (International Academy)

Your benefits mirror those of full-time or part-time faculty/staff.

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