Jennifer BishopEmployee Benefits and Payroll Specialist
Virginia Retirement System
All full-time employees are members of the Virginia Retirement System (VRS). VRS is a defined benefit program sponsored by the Commonwealth of Virginia and is funded by contributions from employee members and the school division. Plan handbooks, forms, and more resources are available on the VRS website at http://www.varetire.org/.
- Plan 1 Member – You are in Plan 1 if your membership date is before July 1, 2010 and you were vested (you had at least five years of service credit) as of January 1, 2013.
- Plan 2 Member – You were not vested (you had less than five years of service credit) or your membership date is on or after July 1, 2010.
- Hybrid Plan Member – You are covered under the Hybrid Plan if your membership date is on or after January 1, 2014. The hybrid retirement plan combines the features of a defined benefit plan and a defined contribution plan.
VRS members have online access to their member information through myVRS on the VRS website. Through myVRS, members can:
- View account information, including service and member contributions, purchase of prior service credit, employment and compensation history and basic group life insurance coverage
- Download annual Member Benefit Profile of VRS benefits
- Correct or change contact information.
- Create future retirement benefit estimates and plan options
MYVRS WEBSITE – https://www.varetire.org/myVRS/
VRS Basic Group Life Insurance
As a part of membership in the Virginia Retirement System (VRS), employees are entitled to life insurance coverage provided through Minnesota Life Insurance Company. This is a paid benefit by the Salem City Schools.
BASIC LIFE INSURANCE – https://web1.lifebenefits.com/public/lbwem/Basic%20Group%20Life%20Insurance%20-%209-9-16.pdf
VRS Optional Group Life Insurance
Through the VRS Optional Life Insurance program, employees may purchase additional life insurance at group rates for themselves and their family. No evidence of insurability is required if the Optional Life Insurance is purchased within 31 days of employment.
OPTIONAL LIFE INSURANCE – https://web1.lifebenefits.com/public/lbwem/56740.pdf
VRS Hybrid Disability
VRS Hybrid Plan members are provided disability benefits. These benefits will provide income protection if you cannot work because of non-work related or work-related illness, injury, etc.
Salem City Schools currently have three medical insurance plans through Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, which include prescription and vision benefits. All plans use the same KeyCare PPO/BlueCard National PPO network of providers. Coverage is offered to employees, spouses, and dependent children to age 26.
- KeyCare 30
- Lumenos HDHP + HSA
- KeyCare 20 (grandfathered plan – only available to current employees who are active within this plan)
Health Savings Account (HSA)
An HSA, or health savings account, is a unique tax-advantaged account that you can use to pay for current or future healthcare expenses. When combined with a qualifying high-deductible health plan, it offers you savings and tax advantages that a traditional health plan can’t duplicate.
AMERICAN FIDELITY HSA – https://afhsa.americanfidelity.com/
Salem City Schools offer eligible employees dental insurance through Delta Dental. Coverage includes preventative care, basic care, major care and orthodontia.
Employee Health Clinic
Employees and their dependents that are enrolled in the school divisions’ health care plan have access to the Employee Health Clinic (managed by Synergy Healthcare).
To schedule an appointment online please visit www.timecenter.com/cityofsalem or call 540-378-0190.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Salem City Schools offers three Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs): Health Care FSA, Dependent Care FSA, and Limited Medical FSA. These accounts allow you to put aside pre-tax money to help cover medical, dental, vision expenses, as well as work-related child and adult care expenses.
AMERICAN FIDELITY – https://americanfidelity.com/
Section 125 Plan
Section 125 is a provision in the Internal Revenue Code that allows employers to offer employee select qualified insurance benefits to be purchased with before-tax dollars, thereby reducing their total taxable income and increasing your spendable/take-home income. Salem City Schools provides a participating Section 125 plan for the benefits of its employees and provides access to American Fidelity to answer questions and make sure your election of pre-taxed benefits is correct.
Salem City Schools offer leave to eligible employees. Please refer to school division policies for specific descriptions.
- Personal Leave
- Vacation Leave
- Sick Leave
- Family & Medical Leave
- Leave Without Pay
- Jury Duty / Court Appearances
457(b) and 403(b) Retirement Savings Plans
Salem City Schools offer a variety of voluntary plans to help employees achieve their retirement goals. Approved payroll deduction vendors offer both a deferred compensation 457(b) plan and a tax-deferred account 403b to help you save for your future and meet your retirement savings goals.
Voluntary Payroll Deductions
Salem City Schools make available vendors that offer a variety of products that can be payroll deducted.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all Salem City School employees. The Advantage EAP is a confidential referral and treatment service available to employees, spouse, and children. The program provides counselors and other specialists offering a wide range of services. Individual and group counseling is available for the employee and his/her family.
- Individual and/or Family Problems
- Alcohol or substance abuse
- Premarital, marriage, and divorce counseling
- Financial or legal concerns
- Difficulties at work
- Physical health problems
- Anxiety, depression or stress
- Or any other type of personal problems.
Advantage EAP – Employee Assistance Program
540-989-6605 or 800-669-9396
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Evening appointment hours are available.
Nights and weekends call RESPOND at 540-776-1100 or 800-541-9993