Welcome to the University of Nevada, Reno. The following information is a summary of the benefits you are entitled to as an employee. In the event of any difference between the terms of this summary document and the plan or governance documents, the terms of the plan or governance documents will prevail.
Group health insurance
Coverage begins on the first day of the first full month of employment. Enrollment must take place within 15 days of start date.
Employee coverage includes:
$25,000 Term Life Insurance
Long Term Disability, which covers 60% of gross earnings capped at $7,500.00/month
Dependent coverage includes:
The University offers both a Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP - PPO) that is low-cost, high deductible, and a Premier Plan (EPO) that is a higher monthly cost with no deductible.
Psychologist: $79 for 25 minutes and $119 for 50 minutes
Psychiatrist: 45-minute initial visit is $229 and $99 for a 15-minute follow-up visit
Medical visits: $10 per visit
Psychologist: $25 for 25 minutes and $35 for 50 minutes
Psychiatrist: 45 minute initial visit is $35 and $25 for a 15 minute follow-up visit
Coverage for qualified individuals
Statewide PPO Consumer Driven Health Plan (CDHP)
Premier Plan Exclusive Provider Organization (EPO)
Employee + Spouse/Domestic Partner
Employee + Child(ren)
Employee + Family
Mandatory retirement plans
Classified employees who have been hired into a permanent position are required to participate in the Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS) of Nevada.
Option 1: Employer Pay Contribution Plan (EPC)
The employer pays the full retirement contribution based on the adjusted gross salary. This results in a higher paycheck because the contribution is pre-taxed. Contributions are not deposited to your individual member account and are not available for refund upon termination of employment.
Option 2: Employee/Employer Paid Contribution Plan (EEC)
You and the University share equally in the contribution to PERS. Your after-tax contribution is refundable upon termination of employment if you do not elect to receive a monthly retirement benefit. This results in a lower paycheck, as the contributions are deducted after taxes are calculated.
Once you have attained 5 years of service, you are "vested" in PERS and eligible to receive retirement benefits. After you are vested in PERS, the monthly benefit you receive from PERS will be based on three factors:
Service credit– years, months and days on which contributions were paid.
Average compensation– average of highest 36 months of employment.
Selection of retirement option and age of member and beneficiary at the time of retirement
As an employee of the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) and the State of Nevada, you are eligible to participate in two Voluntary Retirement Plans that are explained below. Each plan has a basic annual contribution limit set by IRS. In addition, if you are age 50 or older you are eligible to contribute an additional amount. The voluntary retirement plans provide for employee contributions on a pre- tax or post tax basis. There are no employer matching contributions.
NSHE Supplemental 403(b) Plan allows you to set aside additional pre-tax or post-tax (Roth) savings for your retirement. Free in-person financial counseling offered on UNR campus, low institutional fees and monitored funds provided in the program; funds available for loans. TIAA is a record keeper for this supplemental retirement program. Additional information is available on our 403(b) Plan page.
The NDC 457 Plan allows you to set aside compensation under the program to a supplemental retirement plan. Pre-tax and Roth options are available. VOYA Financial is a record keeper for this program. Additional information is available from the Benefits office.
Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-exempt medical savings account for employees enrolled in a PPO plan. Contributions may be started and changed anytime, subject to IRS calendar maximum. Medical Flex Spending Account (FSA) is a tax-exempt medical account to be used for qualified medical expenses. Dependent care FSA allows employees to pay for dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars. Additional information is available on our voluntary benefits page.
Long term care, supplemental term life, auto/homeowners/renters, short-term disability, college 529 plan, and a legal plan are available through payroll deduction. Additional information is available on our voluntary benefits page.
LOA faculty may take up to six credits per Fall or Spring semester, determined by how many credits they are teaching themselves. Learn more about Grants-in-Aid for professional staff.
There is no state income tax in Nevada.
All new employees pay 1.45% Medicare tax which is matched 100% by the University.
Covers employees in the event of work-related injuries. It is important to know the procedures to follow to make sure claims are processed appropriately.
The E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership. For an additional charge you may also include family members. For information about the E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center, call (775) 784-4041 or visit their website.