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Employee Benefits

This provides you with information describing the various benefits available to the employees of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham. Our benefits are designed with a single goal: To provide support to our staff and their families on their path to health and well-being.

Your Human Resources Department is here anytime you need support, clarification, or assistance; you may contact the Association Service Office at 205.801.9622.

Health Insurance

The association currently offers health insurance to Benefit Eligible employees.  Full-Time employees will have the opportunity to participate in dental, vision and flexible benefits plan.

Flexible Benefits Plan

Eligible employees are allowed to tax-shelter premium payments for health insurance plans upon date of hire.  The plan also allows employees to be reimbursed on a tax-sheltered basis for eligible medical, dental, and dependent care expenses, effective February 1 of each year.  In order to receive a tax favored status the employee must elect benefits before the start of each plan year.  Once you have elected to pay premiums through the plan you may not change your election except for “qualifying events.”

Retirement

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham participates in the YMCA Retirement Plan. Under special agreement with the YMCA Retirement Fund, the association is currently making a contribution equal to 12% of the employee’s annual income to the Retirement Fund for those employees who meet the eligibility requirements (two years of employment, minimum of 1,000 hours each year, and age 21 or older). In addition to the YMCA 12% contribution, employees may add their own contributions to the YMCA Retirement Plan in the form of tax-deferred payments up to a limit set by the YMCA retirement fund and/or regulatory agencies. All employees can participate in a tax-deferred savings plan. 

403(b) SMART ACCOUNT

Any employee of a participating YMCA can participate in the Savings Plan by opening a 403(b) Smart Account right from their first day of employment.

Saving with a 403(b) Smart Account is easy. You agree to have a percentage or dollar amount withheld from your paycheck and deposited into your 403(b) Smart Account.

Employees may contact the Human Resources Office (205-801-9622) for additional information.  

Group Life Insurance

All full-time employees are covered with $5,000 of life insurance.  Additional coverage may be purchased at the employee’s expense.  For more information, contact your Human Resources Office.

Group Short Term Disability Insurance

Eligible employees (after one year of full-time service), who become totally disabled by bodily injury, sickness or disease for 15 consecutive days will become eligible to receive benefits.  The basic benefit amount is 60% of base pay.

Group Long Term Disability Insurance

Eligible employees (after one year of full time service), who become totally disabled by bodily injury, sickness or disease for 180 consecutive days will become eligible to receive benefits.  The basic benefit amount is 60% of base pay.

Pay Periods

All employees are paid on a semi-monthly basis.

Vacation

Full-time employees accrue leave time from their first completed month of employment for use in the following calendar year per association policy.  Employees earn vacation hours at the following rate:

Hired between January - June

Awarded 5 days for immediate use

Hired between July – December

 Zero days Awarded

1st year of Continuous Service

  10  days per year

2-4 years of  service

  12 days per year

5-9 years of service

  17 days per year

10+ years of service

  20 days per year

Sick Days

Full time employees are awarded personal days to use for personal illness or doctor’s appointments or those of household members.  Employees are awarded personal hours at the following rate:

 

Hired between January - June

Awarded 5 days for immediate use

Hired between July – December

 Zero days Awarded

1st year of Continuous Service

  10  days per year

Each Year thereafter

  10 days per year

 

Holidays

Employees will receive full salary for each holiday recognized by the association.

YMCA Facility Usage  

All full-time employees are granted a complimentary full privilege membership for themselves, their spouse and their dependant family members. In addition, if space is available, they may register themselves or dependant family members in programs including child care at a rate of 50% of the regular program rate.

Part-time employees are entitled to an individual membership.  20% Discount on YMCA programs – may apply for financial Assistance for Programs. (See Employee Handbook.)   

Staff and Career Development

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham recognizes that the quality of its work is directly related to career growth and development and training opportunities. Therefore, most related expenses are paid for by the YMCA.  See the Y Exchange and LCDC for more information.   

Educational Stipend

The Educational Stipend was established as an employee benefit, to help current association employees further their education.  The program’s intent is to help with the expansion of the employee’s knowledge, skills and abilities, and thereby, enhance skills performance, add value to the association, and position employees for job/career opportunities with the YMCA.

Employee Recognition 

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham Recognition program is intended to provide recognition for those staff members who, in the course of their daily duties, make the extra effort to take the time to care for each and every person who participates in YMCA activities as well as recognize years of dedication and service.

Employee Wellness 

The YMCA of Greater Birmingham encourages all employees to develop healthier lifestyles and supports employees moving forward with their personal wellness goals. The employee wellness program is designed to provide wellness support with a consultation with a wellness staff member. Staff members log their fitness activities monthly. Incentives such as Y brand items and gift certificates keep staff members on target to achieve their goals. 

 

Rights of Management:

The information presented in this document is in summary format and is for informational purposes only. The official benefit descriptions and guidelines are contained in the YMCA of Greater Birmingham Handbook effective January 2012. For additional information on employee benefits and application forms/procedures, contact the Human Resources Office @ 205-801-9622. All employee benefits are subject to change at the discretion of the YMCA of Greater Birmingham.