Benefits

PLNU provides competitive benefits, meaningful opportunities for engagement and development, and an authentic and collaborative community.

A Strong, Engaged Community

The PLNU community is a decidedly Christian community, as exhibited by our shared beliefs, corporate practices, and Christ-like character.  

Staff and Faculty Chapel: Gather together once a quarter to welcome new colleagues, worship together, and enjoy breakfast.

Staff and Faculty Lunches: Enjoy a community meal for just $1.

Mentorship Opportunities: Have the option to participate in one-to-one professional, personal, and spiritual mentorship for current students.

Extracurricular Opportunities: Working on a college campus means a wealth of professional and personal development opportunities. Attend chapel, lectures, or concerts. Take advantage of research and resources at the library or one of our many centers and institutes. Join a reader group. Play an intramural sport. Enjoy the ocean view on your lunch break.

Read PLNU's full Community Life Covenant.

Health Coverage

Employees are eligible to participate in the following benefits on the first day of the month following employment at PLNU.

Health Insurance: PLNU offers seven plans: Kaiser Permanente HMO, Kaiser Permanente HSA, Health Net ExcelCare Network HMO, Health Net ExcelCare Network Low HMO, Health Net Full Network HMO, Health Net PPO, and SIMNSA (for Mexican national employees wishing to obtain care in Mexico). The university pays 90 percent of the “Employee Only” coverage or 65 percent of dependent coverage for the Kaiser or Health Net ExcelCare Network HMO plans.

Employees have the option to “buy-up” to the Health Net Full Network HMO or PPO plan. The university will contribute the same amount for subscribers to these plans as it does for the Health Net ExcelCare Network HMO subscribers. PLNU pays the full premium for employees and their dependents enrolled in SIMNSA.

Dental Insurance: PLNU offers dental insurance through United Concordia and SIMNSA (for Mexican national employees wishing to obtain care in Mexico). For United Concordia plans, the university pays 90 percent of the "Employee Only" coverage or 65 percent of dependent coverage. PLNU pays the full premium for employees and their dependents enrolled in SIMNSA.

Flexible Benefits Plan: PLNU has established a Flexible Benefits Plan that enables all participants in the health and/or dental plans to significantly reduce the cost of their insurance by paying the premiums on a pre-tax basis. This means the premiums are deducted from gross wages before taxes are computed. Consequently, employees pay less taxes and net take-home pay increases. Participation in the pre-tax portion of the plan is mandatory for anyone wishing to be covered by a PLNU health and/or dental plan.

The Flexible Benefits Plan includes two optional benefits: a Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account and a Health Care Flexible Spending Account. These accounts enable employees to pay up to $5,000 a year of dependent care expenses and up to $2,600 of eligible unreimbursed healthcare expenses on a pre-tax basis. Employees are eligible to participate in this plan on the first day of the month following employment.

The Flexible Benefits Plan enables employees to reduce the cost of premiums, and dependent care expenses, by 25 to 45 percent, depending on their tax bracket.

Life Insurance: PLNU provides up to $75,000 of group life insurance coverage for employees and $5,000 for spouses and dependent children. Although the entire premium is paid by the university, the employee is taxed on the value of coverage exceeding the IRS maximum of $50,000 for employer-provided life insurance. Upon hire, an employee can elect additional coverage — a guaranteed issue of $25,000 up to a maximum of $150,000 at a monthly premium of $5 per month per $25,000.

Long-Term Disability: PLNU provides long-term disability insurance to regular staff and administrators who work a minimum of 32 hours per week and to full-time contract faculty effective the first day of the month following employment with PLNU. This protection is provided at no cost to the employee and provides 66.67 percent income replacement in the event of a prolonged illness or injury.  

 

Retirement

The following benefits are offered to eligible full-time employees, and on a pro- rata basis to regular part-time employees working at least half-time, and after eligibility periods have been met. Some employees may qualify for a waiver of the eligibility period.

Retirement Plan: PLNU offers a retirement plan through the Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association and the College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF). Following an eligibility period of two continuous years of employment, PLNU contributes a three percent base contribution with no required employee contribution. In addition, PLNU makes a 100% matching contribution — up to five percent of an employee’s voluntary contribution. The total possible contribution by PLNU is eight percent. The employee contribution can be made on either a pre-tax or after-tax (Roth) basis. A waiver of the eligibility period is provided for employees who were employed full time for two continuous years at another educational institution (K-12 or higher education) or church within the five-year period immediately prior to employment at PLNU.   

An employee may elect to contribute additional funds to TIAA-CREF on either a pre-tax or after-tax (Roth) basis. New employees who are not eligible to participate in the university retirement plan can also contribute to this plan. For 2017, the IRS maximum is $18,000, and $24,000 for employees 50 years of age or older.

Education Benefits

Tuition Remission: A full-time employee is eligible to receive tuition remission for two courses or 6 units, whichever is greater — up to a maximum of 18 units per academic year. For undergraduate courses, employees receive 100% remission, and for graduate courses they receive 50 percent remission. After one year, the legal children and spouse of an employee are eligible to participate in the undergraduate tuition remission program. Tuition remission for dependents’ undergraduate courses is phased in up to 95 percent over four years.

Tuition Exchange Program: PLNU participates in the Tuition Waiver Exchange Program sponsored through the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). This program enables the dependents of regular full-time faculty, staff, and administrators of participating council institutions to attend other participating council institutions tuition-free for up to four years.

Early Childhood Learning Center: Regular employees qualify for a 25 percent discount for each child enrolled in the Early Childhood Learning Center.

Additional Benefits

Long-Term Care Insurance: Benefit eligible employees can purchase this coverage on a guaranteed basis during the first two months of employment. Cost will depend on age and plan options selected. After 10 years of continuous service, PLNU will pay the premium for a $2,000 per month base plan for full-time faculty and staff.

Emeriti Retiree Health Savings: This plan is designed to assist full-time contract faculty, staff, and administrators working a minimum of 32 hours per week with saving for health care expenses in retirement. Eligible employees can make voluntary contributions any time after employment commences. PLNU will begin making contributions commencing the first of the month after an employee reaches 40 years of age with two years of employment.

Vision Plan: A voluntary vision plan is offered through VSP. Premiums are paid on a pre-tax basis.

Legal Plan: A voluntary legal plan is offered through Hyatt Legal Plans for $21.50 per month.

AFLAC: The following plans are available: Personal Accident, Personal Cancer, and Hospital Protection. Premiums are paid on a pre-tax basis.

Holidays/Time Off

The university typically observes the following holidays each year:

  • New Year's Day

  • Martin Luther King Day

  • Maundy Thursday

  • Good Friday

  • Memorial Day

  • Independence Day

  • Labor Day

  • Thanksgiving Day, and the days before and after Thanksgiving

  • December 24 through January 1

Vacation Time

Vacation time is granted to regular full-time, 12-month staff. Regular 12-month staff working 32 hours per week and regular 12-month part-time employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week earn vacation leave on a pro-rata basis. After 90 days of continuous service, vacation time is available to be taken as it accrues.

Continuous Employment Hours of Vacation/Month Days of Vacation/Year
Date of hire through 5th year 06.67 hours 10 working days
6th through 10th year 10.00 hours 15 working days
11th year and after 13.34 hours 20 working days

 

Sick Time

Regular full-time employees accrue 10 days of sick leave per year. Regular employees working 32 hours per week and regular part-time employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week earn sick leave on a pro-rata basis. All other non-benefit eligible employees will be granted five days (40 hours) of sick leave each calendar year or upon hire. After 90 days of continuous service, sick time is available to be taken as it accrues.

Personal Time

Regular full-time employees earn two personal days each calendar year. Regular employees working 32 hours per week and regular part-time employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week earn personal leave on a pro-rata basis. After 90 days of continuous service, personal time is available to be taken.  

 

*This website provides a brief overview of PLNU benefits. Detailed information regarding eligibility, enrollment, and plan provisions is available in Human Resources. All benefits are governed by their relevant plan documents, and not by the summary contained in this website.