Additional Benefits and Resources



Work Related

Paid Leaves

  • NON-UNIT PROFESSIONALS: This group includes all regular professional employees working half time or more and who are not in the MCCC bargaining unit (see description below). Leaves are delineated in Articles VII and VIII of the Non-Unit Professionals Personnel Policies Handbook.
  • MCCC - This bargaining unit includes "all regular full-time employees occupying the positions delineated in Appendix A" and "all part-time daytime academic support personnel including employees holding the job classifications listed in Appendix A." Appendix A is at the end of Article I of the collective bargaining agreement. Sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave, and other types of leaves are governed by the collective bargaining agreement, primarily in Article IX.
  • AFSCME - This bargaining unit includes "all full-time and regular part-time employees in the bargaining units certified on January 20, 1976, and any and all amendments since that date. A regular part-time employee is defined as an employee who is expected to work 50% or more of the hours in a work year of a full-time employee in the same title." A list of positions included in this bargaining unit are listed in Appendix I of the collective bargaining agreement. Sick leave, vacation leave, personal leave and other types of leaves are governed by the collective bargaining agreement, primarily in Articles 11, 12 and 13.

Holidays: Please click here to see a full list of State Holidays.  Please note that we do not get Evacuation Day or Bunker Hill Day.

Tuition Waiver

Workers' Compensation

All employees of the College are covered by Workers' Compensation which covers them if they are injured in an accident on the job.

The Division of Industrial Accidents, part of the Commonwealth's Department of Labor and Workforce Development, is responsible for administering the workers' compensation system in Massachusetts. Forms for reporting injuries and additional information can be found on the Workers' Compensation webpage.

Employee Assistance Program (Lifeworks) Please click here for information about our extensive employee assistance program.

Library: Employees can obtain a library card and take out books and other resources not only from the college's libraries but can access materials from other libraries and through many on-line sources. Information can be obtained at the Library web page.

Wellness

Wellness News 

  • The NAG02 Fitness Studio is available to fac/staff and students to use during non-class time for exercise such as stretching, floor exercises, or a video workout of your own choice.  Come alone or bring some friends or colleagues.  For more information or to sign up for any of these classes, please contact Jonathan at X3785 or crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu.

Fitness Center/UMass Lowell Athletic Center: All employees can use the Fitness Center and UMass Lowell Recreation Center as follows:

Bedford Fitness Center

The Bedford Fitness Center is located in the Campus Center, is equipped with state-of-the-art weight training and cardiovascular equipment that will satisfy both the inexperienced and experienced user. Locker rooms and showers are provided. The Fitness Center is open to all currently enrolled MCC students, faculty, and staff at no charge throughout the year. The Fitness Center consists of a certified personal trainer and student assistants, and members may receive personal training at no charge. Stop by for a free tour or a workout! Questions? Contact Jonathan at 781-280-3785 or crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu.

UMASS Lowell Recreation Center

MCC faculty and staff, and partners and spouses of MCC faculty/staff, are eligible to purchase memberships at the UMASS Lowell Recreation Center. This multimillion dollar facility offers an overwhelming variety of workout options, including basketball and racquetball courts, an indoor track, and a large quantity of cardiovascular and weight-training machines and equipment. Faculty and staff memberships cost $300 for 12 months, and may be purchased directly at the UMASS Lowell Recreation Center. Questions? Contact Jonathan at 781-280-3785 or crockettj@middlesex.mass.edu.

Savings and Discounts

U.Fund and U.Plan

The U.Fund is a voluntary plan that allows employees to authorize a post-tax deduction from their net pay to save for college, graduate school, and other forms of higher education, as well as room and board, fees and books. U.Fund is a qualified tuition program 529 Plan. Accounts are managed by Fidelity Investments. Employees may enroll through Fidelity Investments.

The U.Plan Prepaid Tuition Program is an easy and affordable way to save for an undergraduate education at more than 80 participating Massachusetts colleges and universities. Contact the Massachusetts Educational Financing AuthorityOffsite link (MEFA) for more information.

Discount Programs

  • Auto/home Insurance

Full and part-time employees are eligible to take advantage of the MCC group auto and home insurance program. Benefits include employee discounts on auto insurance, no down payment, no billing fees and many other auto and homeowner discounts including new home buyer, package, companion discounts for auto and home, and multicar. Also offered are onsite service at MCC and many flexible billing and premium finance options as well as complete business insurance coverages. For more information and no obligation policy comparisons contact Loughlin Financial Group at 1-888-424-9063 or mloughlin@loughlininsurance.com or Human Resources at 781-280-3531.

  • Bookstore Discount

All employees of Middlesex Community College may be eligible for a 10% discount on all non-sale merchandise at the bookstore excluding text books.

  • Apple Computer & Other Discounts

All employees of Middlesex Community College may be eligible for discounts at Apple Computer Stores. You must show proof of employment by receiving a verification letter from Human Resources. You can also obtain discounts on-line at http://www.apple.com. Click on the Store tab and then click on the education store in the left side menu of the web-page and follow the directions to identify yourself as a Middlesex Community College employee. If you need further assistance please call the Human Resources Department at 781-280-3527.

  • Cellular Service Discounts

Discounts may be available to MCC employees on the following cellular phone providers:

VERIZON - call John Ferola (c) 617-694-4739 (f) 617-780-3871

john.ferola@verizonwireless.com

SPRINT - call Sprint Telesales at 866-639-8354 for information on specific discounts.

For more information, contact the Human Resources Department at 781-280-3531

  • Home Buyers Incentive Program

The Home buyers Incentive Program (HIP) is a home ownership and improvement program designed to increase home ownership, encourage home rehabilitation and improve neighborhoods in the City of Lowell. Special assistance in closing costs or renovation loans may be available for homes specifically targeted neighborhoods. For more information call the Human Resources Department at 781-280-3531.

Health Care Spending & Dependent Care Assistant Programs

Through the GIC's Health Care Spending Account (HCSA), administered by Benefit Strategies, active employees can pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses on a pre-tax basis, reducing participants' federal and state income taxes.  New employees have 30 days after date of hire to sign up for this benefit; current employees may only sign up during the open enrollment period, which is normally November through early December each year, to be effective January 1. 

All active state employees who are eligible for health benefits with the GIC are eligible for HCSA. Employees must work at least 18.75 hours in a 37.5-hour work week or 20 hours in a 40-hour work week. For the 2011 calendar year, the monthly administrative fee for HCSA alone, DCAP alone, or HCSA and DCAP combined will be $3.60 on a pre-tax basis.

Examples of eligible expenses can include:

  • Physician office and prescription drug copayments
  • Medical deductibles and coinsurance
  • Eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses, and contact lenses
  • Orthodontia and dental benefits
  • Smoking cessation and child birth classes
  • Hearing aid and durable medical equipment
  • Chiropractor and acupuncture visits

For more information link to theGIC website

Last Modified: 4/2/14