Faculty Benefits Committee Meeting


February 5, 2002



Members present: Chuck Donbaugh, Michael Elliott, Blair Funderburk, John Grovenstein, Jim Higgins, Jackie McGill, Chris Shalley, and Jean Swank



1.  The meeting was called to order at 11:05 AM.


2.  The minutes from the November 13th meeting were approved.


Alternate Dental Plan

Blair Funderburk stated that OHS is now a part of CompDent.  CompDent can offer either a PPO or DHMO dental plan in conjunction with the current OHS plan.  The advantage of the PPO plan is that it offers 100/50/50 out-of-network coverage for the usual and customary charge (at the 80th percentile) for the area.  Blair will do a survey of alternate dental plans and report his results at the April meeting.


Michael Elliott stated that, in his experience, the BOR dental plan does not provide good service.


CUPA report did not come in.


Classified Employee Salaries

Chuck Donbaugh gave out handouts of The Georgia Tech FY 2001 Compensation Structure Competitive Analysis Summary.   The summary presents a comparison of the GT Midpoints with the Survey Median, related statistics, and recommendations for the next fiscal year.  Generally, GT salaries are competitive.  Ranges are designed to approximate the market and are adjusted every year.  Chuck will send Jackie an electronic copy of this handout and the FY 2002 summary when it is available.  The committee agreed that the discussion of the summary fulfilled our obligation as far as classified salaries are concerned.


The subject of wage inversion at Georgia Tech was discussed.  In most cases, the individual units take care of discrepancies as much as funds will allow.  HR has no policy on this matter except to make recommendations if discrepancies exist.


Domestic Partner Benefits

Chuck Donbaugh reported that a committee has been formed to study domestic partner benefits.  Randy Norris from Legal Affairs will offer legal advice.  Since the BOR controls our benefits, we are looking into other avenues for offering some sort of benefit. The city of Atlanta has a program for domestic partner benefits; perhaps we might hook up with them.  We also might offer benefits that are 100% employee-paid.  


3.  There was no new business to discuss.


4.  The meeting was adjourned at 12:30.  The next meeting is Tuesday, April 23, 2002, at 11:00 am in the ERB 1st floor conference room.