Benefits

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Paid Leave Benefits

  • Semi–Monthly sick leave accrual of four (4) hours for full-time benefit eligible employees, may accumulate up to 680 hours
  • Twenty four(24) hours of sick leave may be used per fiscal year for personal business
  • Semi–Monthly catastrophic leave accrual of two (2) hours for full-time benefit eligible employees, may accumulate up to 1,000 hours 
  • Semi–Monthly vacation leave accrual for full-time benefit eligible employees, starting at 3.334 hours per month based on years of service.  Maximum rollover per fiscal year is eighty (80) hours.

 

Years of Service

Semi-monthly accrual

Total Vacation Leave Hours Earned per Fiscal Year

0-4

3.334

80

5-19

5.00

120

20+

6.667

160

 

HCC offers up to 23 paid holidays for full-time, benefit eligible employees which include:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Break (two days)
  • Winter Break (two weeks)
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • President's Day
  • Spring Break (one week)
  • Spring Holiday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day

 

Health

Eligible HCC employees and their eligible dependents are offered Health coverage by the Texas Employees Group Benefits Program through the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS).  Currently, there are two plans an employee may choose.  HealthSelect of Texas POS Plan and Consumer Directed HealthSelect High Deductible Plan.

Health Details

Dental

You and your dependents can enroll in either Dental Plans:

  • State of Texas Dental Choice Plan (PPO) administered by Delta Dental; or
  • DeltaCare USA (DHMO), administered by DeltaCare, an affiliation of Delta Dental

 

Optional Benefits

  • Dependent Term Life Insurance - Life insurance coverage available for eligible dependents which pays $5,000 in the event of your dependent’s death.
  • Optional Life Insurance - Optional Term Life Insurance provides insurance coverage up to four times your annual salary (maximum of $400,000).
  • Short Term Disability - Short-Term Disability will pay up to 66 percent of your monthly insured salary if illness or injury prevents you from working. Benefits can be paid up to five months. Eligibility for payments requires you to be certified disabled by a physician. 
  • Long-Term Disability – Long Term Disability will pay up to 60 percent of your monthly insured salary if illness or injury prevents you from working. Length of benefits payments depends on your age at the onset of the disability.

 

TexFlex

TexFlex is a flexible spending account (FSA) that allows employees to defer money from each paycheck, pre-tax to use for eligible out of pocket expenses.  An employee can participate in both in both Flexible Spending Accounts for Healthcare and Dependent Care.  The Healthcare account reimburses you for eligible healthcare expenses and the Dependent Care account reimburses you for eligible child (13 years or younger) and adult care expenses. 

ERS TexFlex Dependent Care

ERS TexFlex HealthCare

HCC also offers Commuter Spending Accounts (CSA).  CSA allows you to set aside pre-tax money from your paycheck to use for eligible parking and transit expenses.  An employee can participate in both Parking Accounts and Transit Accounts.  For more information contact the Benefits staff at 713-718-2255 or hrbenefits@hccs.edu.

TexFlex Details

Retirement

TRS and ORP
Eligible Full Time employees are required to participate in the State of Texas Retirement plans in lieu of Social Security.  The Teachers Retirement System of Texas (TRS) is available to all classes of eligible full time employees and the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) is available to Faculty and certain Administrators as an alternative to TRS.  Both Retirement Plans are pre-taxed and receive state contributions depending on Texas Legislature approvals.

TRS Details
ORP Details

Voluntary Retirement Savings Plans
HCC offers both 403(b) Tax Sheltered Accounts (TSA’s) and/or a 457 Deferred Compensation Plans.  The 403(b) and 457 plans are tax advantaged retirement savings plan that allows employee salary deferrals pre-taxed and funds grow tax-deferred until funds are withdrawn.

403(b) Plan Details
457 Plan Details

 

Social Security and Medicare Tax

While Houston Community College does not participate in the federal Social Security program, employees hired after 1986 are required by law to pay the Medicare Tax of 1.45%, which is matched by the College. For more information, contact the Benefits Office or The Social Security Administration.