Employee Benefits

A REWARDING PLACE TO WORK

The Kansas Board of Regents (KBOR) promotes a healthy work culture and cultivates a pleasant workplace environment.  We provide comfortable office conditions, competitive compensation, generous benefits, and opportunities for professional growth.  We understand that happy and healthy associates equal a better work environment.

Health Benefits

Employee Health Insurance
All benefits eligible staff and their families may participate in a variety of health insurance options, including medical, prescription, dental, and vison.  In addition, an employee may elect to participate in a flexible spending account, dependent care account, health savings account, or health reimbursement account for those that qualify.  

Health insurance for new employees is optional, and coverage is effective on the first day of the month following a 30 day waiting period.

Retirement Benefits

Kansas Board of Regents Mandatory Retirement Plan
Benefits eligible staff participate in the KBOR Mandatory Retirement Plan, which is a 403(b) defined contribution plan.  An employee contributes 5.5% of their gross compensation that is tax-deferred.  KBOR contributes an additional 8.5% of the participants gross compensation to the plan.  Employees, who transfer to KBOR from another state agency and have participated in the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System Plan (KPERS), may choose to either remain in KPERS or participate in the Regents Mandatory Retirement Plan. Participants will be required to serve a one year waiting period unless the conditions of the waiver are met.

Kansas Board of Regents Voluntary 403(b) Retirement Plan
The Kansas Board of Regents offers benefits eligible employees the opportunity to contribute to a voluntary 403(b) retirement plan with pre-tax or after-tax dollars through payroll deduction.  Contribution maximums are established by IRS regulations.  Multiple investment providers are approved by KBOR.

KPERS 457 Deferred Compensation
KPERS 457 Deferred Compensation plan is a voluntary savings plan to help you supplement your retirement and is available to benefits eligible and non-benefits eligible employees.  Contributions are made on a pre-tax basis through payroll deduction to an approved vendor.  Contribution maximums are established by IRS regulations.  This plan is established under Internal Revenue Code Section 457 and is administered by the Kansas Public Employees Retirement System (KPERS).

Savings Plans

Learning Quest Education Savings Program (529 Plan)
The Kansas Board of Regents offers a postsecondary education savings program which is administered by the Kansas State Treasurer.  This plan provides tax advantages under both Kansas and federal law. 

Life and Other Insurance

Basic Group Term Life Insurance
The Kansas Board of Regents provides eligible employees basic group term life insurance equal to 150% of their annual salary to the employee’s designated beneficiary.  The program is administered by KPERS and paid for by KBOR.   Basic group term life insurance is effective the first day of employment.

Optional Group Life Insurance
Eligible employees may purchase optional group life insurance (OGLI) administered by KPERS.  OGLI is coverage beyond your basic group term life insurance and is paid by the employee through payroll deduction.  Employees may also elect OGLI for their spouse and qualified dependent children.

Long Term Disability
All benefits eligible staff are covered under the State of Kansas Long Term Disability (LTD) program that is paid for by KBOR.  The LTD program is administered by KPERS.  The program provides you with income if you become disabled through injury or sickness and are no longer able to work. 

Long Term Care Insurance
Benefits eligible staff have the option to participate in Long Term Care Insurance (LTC).  LTC insurance covers care generally not covered by health insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid.  It may help pay for in-home care services such as cooking and cleaning, adult day care, or a nursing home stay.      

Voluntary Benefit Plans
Through the State of Kansas, KBOR offers a variety of additional voluntary benefit plans for eligible employees.  Optional benefits include: Hospital Indemnity, Accidental Injury, and Critical Illness insurance. 

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance
The Kansas Board of Regents recognizes the importance of higher education.  Several state universities have agreed to partner with KBOR to provide eligible Board Office employees, as well as their spouses and dependents, tuition assistance benefits under conditions specified within each individual university’s program.

Leave and Holidays

Vacation Leave
The Kansas Board of Regents provides paid vacation leave to eligible employees.  A full-time employee earns 8 hours of vacation leave per pay period, up to 176 hours each year, with a maximum accrual of 304 hours. 

Sick Leave
Full-time benefits eligible employees accumulate 3.7 hours of sick leave every pay period, and it may be used for personal or family illness.  There is not a maximum amount of sick leave that can be earned. 

Parental Leave
Paid parental leave will be granted to eligible employees following the birth or placement of a child for adoption up to six years of age.  Each parent designated as the primary caregiver shall receive up to six weeks of paid parental leave, and each parent who is designated as the secondary caregiver shall receive up to three weeks of paid parental leave.  Paid parental leave will be prorated for part-time employees.

Holidays
KBOR follows the State of Kansas holiday schedule, which regularly provides eight paid holidays to eligible staff each year.  In addition, staff are typically designated one discretionary day each calendar year for observance of an additional holiday or special event.  

Military Leave
The Kansas Board of Regents offers paid military leave up to a maximum of 30 days per year for eligible employees who are called upon to serve in the United States Armed Forces.

Funeral Leave
Paid bereavement leave is granted to eligible employees up to a maximum of six days upon the death of a close relative.  The relationship and necessary travel time will be considered in determining the proper amount of time that will be granted.

Voting
KBOR encourages all employees who are registered to vote for the candidates of their choice during elections.  Voting polls typically open before 8a.m. and close after 5p.m. to allow voters time to vote before or after their normal work day.  KBOR understands that staff may have to travel some distance to polling places, and therefore allows up to a maximum of two consecutive hours of paid time in situations where travel time may affect your ability to vote.

Donor Leave
Eligible employees can receive up to 30 days paid to donate organs, tissue, marrow, or blood.

Shared Leave
Eligible employees may be granted shared leave to be used for a serious, extreme, or life threatening condition.  Leave is donated by eligible State of Kansas employees.

Disaster Service Volunteer Leave
Disaster service volunteer leave may be granted to KBOR employees who are certified disaster service volunteers of the American Red Cross for a designated Level II disaster for up to 20 working days.

Other Benefits

Employee Discounts
The Kansas Board of Regents offers product and service discounts by various vendors through the State Thanks and Recognition (STAR) Employee Discount Program, which is administered by the Department of Administration.

Employee Assistance Program
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a special service provided for State of Kansas benefits eligible employees and their dependents at no charge.  The EAP provides information, short-term counseling, advice, and referrals from licensed professionals who understand the typical stresses employees face.

Flexible Work Schedule
KBOR recognizes that work-life balance is important and may grant employees to work a flexible schedule on a case by case basis.  Flex time is defined as any work schedule that differs from a designated schedule of 8 a.m. – 5p.m., with a one-hour lunch Monday – Friday.