Employees may purchase a monthly T Pass or pay for parking expenses through the Qualified Transportation Benefits Program (QTBP) administered by Benefit Strategies. The QTBP is a pre-tax benefit program that includes both Parking and Transit expenses. All benefitted employees are eligible to enroll in either or both plans. The monthly fee for this program is $1.50 and will be taken on a pre-tax basis. There is only one fee even if you enroll in both plans.
If you wish to purchase a monthly pass on a pre-tax basis, you must enroll through Benefit Strategies here: https://www.benstrat.com/ctbform/index.php. Once you have completed and submitted the online election form, you will receive a set of 2 flex VISA debit cards from Benefit Strategies which you will use to purchase your T Pass. If you have a Charlie Card, you may continue to use the same card. Just take the debit card and the Charlie Card to the purchasing agent to transfer the funds from the debit card to the Charlie Card. When you receive your 2 flex VISA debit cards, you can then register for your member online account here: https://benstrat.navigatorsuite.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f. Under New User select Create Your New Username and Password link, and follow the steps from there with your full name, home zip code, full SSN# or UMass Employee ID#.
The President’s Office is excited to announce a New and Exciting Voluntary Benefits and Discount Program Platform called UMass Compass! Please visit www.umassp.edu/connect and click the UMass Compass link to see the offers awaiting you.
The new portal will allow you to take advantage of some new benefits like:
The new Auto Insurance Quoting Tool - helping benefited employees get the best price and maximum value on Auto insurance through Travelers, MetLife, and Liberty Mutual
Open Enrollment for Legal Services from Hyatt Legal — giving benefited employees peace of mind if you need help with a legal issue
UMass Employee Discount Program, with deep discounts on products that you use every day
24/7 Support (855) 990 - 3300
Should you set up payroll deductions for Auto/Home and Legal, the deductions will all appear under the one deduction code “Corestream Voluntary Benefits” on your biweekly paycheck. A breakdown of your deductions will be available on the UMass Compass website and Corestream will be able to assist 24/7 with any deduction question.
Current deductions with Met Auto and Home will continue and no action is needed on your part.
This purchasing program, originally conceived and launched in 2002, takes advantage of the volume purchasing power of all five University campuses and returns substantial discounts to the purchaser. U$ave, while designed primarily to serve the computer purchasing needs of the campuses, also extends its benefits to personal purchases by University students, faculty, and staff.
Full-time employees, spouses, domestic partner and dependent children receive free tuition at any UMASS campus (excluding the MD program at UMass Medical School and the UMass School of Law).
Regular part-time employees receive 7 tuition-free credits per semester or summer. If you are enrolled in courses through the Division of Corporate, Continuing, and Distance Education, the tuition waiver is 50%.
Full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children enrolled in a full-time state supported program at any Massachusetts university or community college receive free tuition. If you are enrolled in courses through the Division of Continuing Education, the tuition waiver is 50%.
Note - all fees, books and other course materials are the employee's responsibility.
Fee Waiver for Spouse and Dependents
Spouses and Dependents of full-time benefited employees are eligible for a waiver in the semester following the completion of two years of full-time equivalent benefited service at any of the UMass Campuses or UMass System Office. The Fee Waiver Policy will replace the current practice of freezing UMass curriculum/operating fees for spouses and dependents at the 2008-2009 levels.
Employees may be able to make arrangements to telecommute. This arrangement requires the approval of the employee's supervisor and department head. Please read the Telecommuter Guidelines (below) to see if you may be eligible. If there is mutual agreement between the supervisor and employee then the following documents must be read and signed by the appropriate parties:
The Telecommuter Agreement, Guidelines, Addendum (if appropriate), and Property Removal (if needed) should all be signed by the appropriate parties with the fully signed original copy going to the Human Resources Office in Shrewsbury.
About this Handbook
This Employee Handbook is provided as a guide for Non-Unit Employees at University of Massachusetts President's Office and is not to be considered a contract of employment. Only written statements signed by an appropriate officer of the University are valid and binding employment contracts.