State Employee Resources & Updates
This section is intended as a guide for our state employee members regarding health and pension benefits negotiated through the State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC), of which Council 4 is a member.
Scroll down to Additional Resources for key links to the latest information.
September 2013: State Employees and the ACA "Excise Tax"
Union members have many questions about how the Affordable Care Act’s health benefits excise tax — which begins in 2018 and is inaptly dubbed the “Cadillac tax” — might impact state employee benefits. Click here for some answers.
August 2013: Rowland/Jepsen Appeal Update
The time limit for the State and the individual defendants to ask for a Supreme Court review of the 2nd Circuit's decision on the Rowland layoffs has been extended until October 14, 2013.
Assuming the petition for review is filed, it's anticipated the Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear the case during its next term (October 2013 through June 2014).
Click here for a Q&A on the Attorney General's appeal of the 2nd Circuit Court decision.
July 2013: State of Connecticut Announces Special Open Enrollment for Same-Sex Spouses
On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the portion of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) that effectively barred same-sex married couples from being recognized as "spouses" for purposes of federal law. The State of Connecticut has announced a special open enrollment period for state employees and retirees who wish to add a same-sex spouse to the State’s health plan.
Click here for the Memorandum on Special Open Enrollment for Same-Sex Spouses.
July 2013: State Employee Raises, AIs Go Into Effect
In accordance with the 2011 SEBAC job security and cost savings agreement with the State, Council 4 members are scheduled to receive a 3% General Wage Increase (GWI) during the summer of 2013.
Click here for more information and links to your bargaining unit pay scales.
June 2013: Attorney General To Appeal Ruling Against Rowland
Attorney General George Jepsen announced he will seek a review by the U.S. Supreme Court of the 2nd Circuit Court decision in favor of unionized state employees who were found to have been illegally laid off by former Gov. Rowland.
Click here to contact the Attorney General and urge him to drop the appeal.
June 2013: Deadline to Retain Normal Retirement Age Is Sept. 1
If you are in SERS Tier II, IIA, or the Hybrid Plan and want to preserve the current Normal Retirement Date, you must elect to do so by Sept. 1, 2013.
Please note the deadline has been moved from July 1 due to the concerns our union and others raised with the State.
Click here for the retirement option form, FAQs and background on the issue.
May 2013: 2nd Circuit Court Rules for State Employees, against Rowland
In a huge victory for state employees, a federal court ruled that by singling out union members instead of including managers and other unrepresented employees, the Rowland Administration punished employees for exercising their fundamental right of free association, a right protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.
May 2013: Gov. Announces $1.68 Billion Reduction In Retiree Health Care Liabilities
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and State Comptroller Kevin Lembo announced another significant reduction in the state’s future unfunded state employee and retiree health care liabilities – by approximately $1.68 billion – according to a new actuarial report.
The updated report on OPEB (other post-employment benefits) shows a reduction in the state’s projected unfunded actuarial accrued liability (UAAL) from $17.9 billion to $16.2 billion. This reduction builds on last year’s dramatic reduction of $13.3 billion following several health care cost control initiatives implemented across state government.
May 2013: State Payroll System Upgraded
The Office of the State Comptroller announced it has upgraded the retirement state payroll system.
As a result, state retirees may notice their paychecks or direct-deposit statements will have a slightly new look as of June. The improvement should provide a clear format – making it easier to locate key information on your paychecks or direct-deposit statements.
If you have any questions, visit www.osc.ct.gov and click on the hot button titled “Retiree Payroll Change.” This online link will provide a sample of the new paycheck or direct-deposit statement – and it will map out where you can find key information.
While viewing these online samples, move your computer mouse icon across the sample and an information window will appear over each section. These windows will explain where information is located on your paycheck or direct-deposit statement.
May 2013: Retiree Health Fund Contributions Starting July 2013
Under the SEBAC 2009 Agreement new employees and those with less than five years of service as of July 2010 began to contribute 3% of compensation to the Retiree Health Fund to offset the cost of future retiree health coverage.
The SEBAC 2011 Agreement requires that all employees contribute to the Retiree Health Fund for 10 years or until they retire, whichever comes first. Deductions for employees not currently contributing to the fund will start in July 2013.
Click here for the Comptroller's Memo to personnel and payroll officers or scroll down to "Additional Resources" for the pdf copy of the memo.
May 2013: Open Enrollment for Changing Medical or Dental Plans Closes June 7th
Open enrollment this year runs through June 7, 2013. During open enrollment, you may change medical and/or dental plans, add or drop coverage for your eligible family members, or enroll yourself if you previously waived coverage.
You may also enroll in the Health Enhancement Program (HEP), if you have not done so already. Any changes you make are effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 unless you have a qualifying status change.
For more information and to download the appropriate forms use this link.
May 2013: Missing HEP Payments in May 3 Paycheck
HEP $100 chronic condition bonus payments will be in the paycheck dated May 3rd for those who were eligible and did not receive their payments. The Office of the State Comptroller is correcting omissions made in the first round of payments.
March 2013: HEP Update for Eligible Workers Who Did Not Receive Bonus Payment
We've been contacted by union members who had chronic conditions and were HEP-compliant did not receive their $100 payments. According to the Comptroller's Office, the delay is due to an upgrading of the CORE-CT system and a lack of staff and could take weeks to resolve.
Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano will raise the issue at the upcoming Health Care Cost Containment Committee meeting in April. We want to know when the problems are going to be resolved and make sure members are notified when they can receive their payment if they are indeed eligible.
March 2013: Pre-55 Retirement Settlement
Under the terms of an agreement that resulted from a SEBAC grievance, state workers who, on 9/1/11, had 25 years of service, were under 55 years of age and wanted to retire, are eligible to retire -- but may have to pay a penalty. More information:
February 2013: How to Report HEP Chronic Care Bonus Non-Payment
For those active state employees who thought they should have received a HEP Chronic Care Bonus, the Comptroller’s Office has set up process for members to report non-payment.
Employees should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 860-702-3560 (this is a voice mail box for HEP issues). They should email or leave in the voice mailbox their name, employee ID number, phone number and indicate that they did not receive a HEP payment. Click here for more information or to read the stipulated agreement.
January 2013: HEP Bonus Payment in Feb. 22nd Paycheck
If you, or a family member on your State medical insurance, have one of the five chronic conditions and complied with the requirements of the HEP disease-management program, you’re entitled to a $100 check.
The five chronic conditions are Diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder or Asthma, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol), or Coronary Artery Disease (heart disease/heart failure).
The educational component of the disease-management program was not implemented in this first year. Participation in the educational component (talking to a medical professional on the telephone about your chronic condition) will be required for future $100 payments. The insurance company will initiate the telephone conversation.
There is only one $100 payment per eligible policy holder (or household) per year.
January 2013: Comptroller's Memo for Retaining Age 60 or 62 Retirement Age
(Retirement Memo 2013-02 - SEBAC 2011 Option to Retain Normal Grandfathered Retirement Date)
If you are going to reach age 60 with 25 years of service before 6/1/22, you can retire normally. This Memo is only for people who will not attain both before 6/1/22. Click here for the form to retain grandfathered normal retirement date.
December 2012: Arbitrator Rules on Longevity Grievance
Arbitrator Roberta Golick ruled on SEBAC's grievance over longevity bonuses paid to state managers in 2011. Golick denied the grievance, noting that unionized state employees had their longevity frozen for 2 years under the SEBAC 2011 agreement, while managers had their longevity frozen forever.
"SEBAC as a collective group fared far better than did the managers with respect to [the] longevity benefit," Golick wrote in her award.
November 2012: Stipulated Agreement Concerning "Late" Removal of Dependents
A state employee's divorce may end a former spouse's eligibility for family medical coverage. A penalty may have to be paid if the spouse is not promptly removed from the state's health insurance plan. Click here for the stipulated agreement.
November 2012: Longevity Grievance Hearing in December
The State Employee Bargaining Agent Coalition (SEBAC) grievance on management receiving a longevity payment in October 2011, when unionized employees did not, will be heard by Arbitrator Roberta Golick on Dec. 13, 2012. Assuming that one day of hearings will be sufficient, SEBAC should have a decision in the first quarter of 2013.
October 2012: Unofficial Retirement Calculator
If you cannot retire "normally" before 7/1/22, use the unofficial calculator to find out what percentage of your salary you'll have to pay from 7/1/13 until your retirement to maintain your current normal retirement age of 60 or 62, depending upon your years of service.
For the definition of normal retirement, consult the booklet for your retirement tier available through your human resources department.
Beginning July 1, 2022 the normal retirement age becomes 63 or 65 depending upon your years of service.
October 2012: Comptroller Memo on SEBAC Hazardous Duty Grievance
Click here to read the Comptroller's Memo regarding the SEBAC hazardous duty grievance.
Click here to read arbittrator Roberta Golick's decision on the 2009 Hazardous Duty RIP grievance filed by SEBAC, and the State's responding grievance concerning the impact of accruals for HD employees.
August 2012: Revised Vision/Dental Agreement
SEBAC and the State reached the following stipulated agreement regarding outstanding vision and dental issues:
In-Network Dentists Must be Used for Free Dental Cleanings. However, those members in United Health Care's enhanced dental plan who used out-of-network dentists for one or two cleanings before 7/1/12 can receive full reimbursement or arrange payment in full.
Reimbursement of Co-Pay for Eye Exams. One eye exam every two years is required by the Health Enhancement Plan. If you paid the co-pay for your first eye exam since 10/1/11 your provider will be directed to reimburse you.
July 2012: HEP Compliance Update:
The overwhelming majority of participants in the Health Enhancement Program (HEP) -- more than 99 percent -- have complied with preventative screening requirements that will likely save the state significant long-term dollars, as well as lives, according to an announcement by Comptroller Kevin Lembo.
The Comptroller’s Office reported that only 501 employees and spouses were not compliant with the new HEP requirements as of June 28, 2012. Approximately 53,000 state employees and new retirees are enrolled in the program.
The areas of largest non-compliance were dental cleanings, followed by cholesterol screenings and then wellness physicals.
For Council 4 bargaining units, the following number of members were deemed non-compliant:
- NP-3 Clerical: 30
- NP-4 Corrections: 23
- Local 749 Judicial: 13
- P-2 Human and Social Services: 17
- Local 2836 SUOAF: 4
Those union members who are non-compliant will be given an opportunity to enroll in HEP through the Comptroller's Office.
Earlier this year, Comptroller Lembo announced the costs for state employee health care next year will go up 0%.
May 2012: Agreement Reduces Retiree Health Liability by $13 billion
The 2011 agreement between SEBAC and the State has reduced by approximately $13 billion the state’s future unfunded state employee and retiree health care liabilities, according to a finalized actuarial report. Click here for the news.
May 2012: Open Enrollment Reminder
Open enrollment for health care begins May 1 and runs through May 31, 202. Please click the following related links to help guide your decision.
For Active Members: