Regular Staff Benefits

Paid Time Off (PTO)
Employees accrue PTO hours for each paid hour of service. This includes vacation and sick leave. NORC offers competitive PTO rates; exact rates vary by position level.


Holidays
Eight (8) paid holidays per calendar year.


Group Health/Dental/Vision Insurance
New employees are immediately eligible for group health and/or dental and/or vision insurance.  Health insurance options include a Preferred Provider Option (PPO) and a Health Maintenance Organization (HMO). Dental insurance options include a Network Plan and a Traditional Indemnity Plan. Health and Dental plans are provided through Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois. The Vision plan is provided through VSP.


Retirement Benefits
After 1,000 hours of service and attainment of age 21, you will become eligible to participate in the NORC, Inc. Retirement Plan. The NORC, Inc. Retirement plan is a defined contribution retirement plan in which NORC may make a discretionary contribution on behalf of employees who have satisfied the eligibility requirements to participate in the plan and have met the service requirements in a particular year. No employee contributions are required in order to qualify for a contribution from NORC. Contributions are immediately vested (fully owned by the employee) and are deposited into an individual retirement annuity account administered by TIAA-CREF. You control how the money is invested.

The NORC, Inc. Supplemental Retirement Plan allows employees to make voluntary, pre-tax contributions immediately upon hire, up to the IRS limit, and is also administered by TIAA-CREF. Contribution limits may be higher for individuals over age 50. See the Summary Plan Description for details.


Educational Assistance
NORC provides tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for undergraduate and graduate courses after 6 months of eligible employment. NORC also offers employees an opportunity to enroll in professional certification courses, seminars, conferences and continuing education courses as the budget permits.


Group Life Insurance
New employees are immediately eligible for group term life insurance for coverage equal to two times annual salary, rounded up to nearest thousand dollars with a maximum benefit of $1,000,000. This insurance is company sponsored and requires no employee contribution.


Group Long-Term Disability Insurance
New employees are immediately eligible for group long-term disability insurance for coverage equal to 60% of monthly base salary after the 90th consecutive day of disability. The maximum monthly benefit is $12,000. This insurance is company sponsored and requires no employee contribution. Employees may opt to pay income taxes on the premium amount and thereby receive any future LTD benefits tax-free. (Some restrictions apply.)


Group Short-Term Disability Insurance
Employees are immediately eligible for group short-term disability insurance for coverage equal to 60 percent of weekly base salary after the 14th consecutive day of disability. Maximum weekly benefit of $2,500. Company sponsored with no employee contribution.


Flexible Health Care/ Dependent Care Spending Accounts
Employees may set aside money from their pay up to an annual limit for the applicable calendar year, on a pre-tax basis to cover medical expenses not covered by a group health plan for themselves or family members. A similar account is available to cover expenses relating to day care and after-school care for eligible dependents.


Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Provided by Magellan Health Services, the EAP program offers employees and their dependents, (including significant others and dependent children who live at home) telephone counseling on personal issues such as stress, domestic abuse, alcohol and drug dependency. They also offer referrals for services like child care, elder care, legal advice, and credit counseling. The plan is confidential and free of charge. Brochures describing the services offered are available from the Human Resources department.


Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program
Under this program, you may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance due on your eligible federal student loans after you have made 120 payments on those loans under certain repayment plans while employed full time by certain public service employers. Since you must make 120 monthly payments on your eligible federal student loans after October 1, 2007 before you qualify for the loan forgiveness, the first cancellations of loan balances will not be granted until October 2017. Additional information on the program can be found at http://studentaid.ed.gov/sites/default/files/public-service-loan-forgiveness.pdf extlink


Worker's Compensation
NORC provides employees with a safe workplace and pays the premiums for state-funded insurance that provides income replacement to workers who suffer workplace illnesses and injuries. Employees are required to report any workplace injuries or illnesses immediately to Human Resources.


FICA Taxes
NORC pays the employer’s portion of taxes on the income that you earn.


Parking and Transit Benefits
Employees may set aside pre-tax dollars to cover work-related parking as well as public transit passes/vouchers. IRS limits are up to $255 per month for parking and $255 per month for transit passes/vouchers.