TO: Members Faculty Benefits Committee 

FROM: Marc Goetschalckx

Chairperson 2000-01

Date: November 13, 2000, 11:44 a.m.

RE: Minutes of the Faculty Benefits Committee Meeting on September 11, 2000 


The meeting was called to order by Jackie McGill, chairperson pro tem for Jim Higgins starting in the 2000 Summer quarter. Jim Higgins has been temporarily transferred to Huntsville.

The following committee members were attending: Jackie McGill, Jean Swank, Mike Elliot, Christina Shalley, Homer Cochran, John Grovenstein, Chuck Donbaugh, and Marc Goetschalckx. 

Election Chairperson 2000-01

Marc Goetschalckx was elected chairperson for the year 2000-01 by unanimous vote and presided over the rest of the meeting.

 Comparative Review of Benefits

The committee adopted as one of its goals for the coming year the comprehensive review and comparison of benefits for faculty and staff at Georgia Tech with its peer institutions, other institutions in the Georgia University System, and local employers. This includes, but is not limited to, the comparison of the TRS system with ORP, the preparation of information documents for prospective and current employees, the clarification of the sabbatical policy and conditions, clarification of the LTD policy for academic employees, and possible reduction of the required vesting period for TRS.

Committee Meeting Frequency and Location

The committee decided to meet more frequently. For the Fall semester meetings are planned for the second Monday of every month, i.e., October 9 and November 13. Meetings will be held in a conference room of the Groseclose building (765 Ferst Drive, School of Industrial and Systems Engineering) from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

SAC Fees for Employees Working at SAC

It was reported to the committee that employees working at SAC do not have to pay the newly instituted SAC fees to encourage them to use the SAC facilities and view the facilities from the customer's point of view. No action was taken.

New Liability Contract with Vendors of TDAs

John Grovenstein reported that the proposed new contract with vendors for TDAs is currently in review by the legal department of Georgia Tech. The committee asked John to report at committee meetings on the progress of the acceptance of the new contract by the TDA vendors and on the number of employees that are impacted because their TDA vendors elected to not sign the contract.

Health Insurance Contribution to Students Receiving Stipends

The committee received a report from John Grovenstein that the Board of Regents is contemplating an expansion of the plan offered to students that receive stipends from their university to receive a contribution towards their health insurance premium. No action was taken.

Changes in the Health Insurance Carriers and Plans

John Grovenstein gave an extensive review of the changes that will go in effect for the calendar year 2001 because the BOR plan will have significant premium increases and two HMO carriers will not be renewed. A huge and complicated open enrollment process is anticipated and the enrollment period is scheduled 15 days earlier to allow for the extra work. No changes in the dental plan are scheduled.

The meeting was adjourned at 12:30 p.m.