Hobart and William Smith Colleges provides a benefit program that enriches an employee’s total compensation package and is responsive both to the diversity of its employees and to the many life changes individuals experience during their employment. Qualified employees are eligible for most benefits on the first of the month following the employee’s date of hire. Information on specific benefits can be found using the links at the bottom of this page.
The benefit summaries provide an overview of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' employee benefit policies and plans in effect as of January 1, 2023. The benefit summaries are guidelines only. The Colleges retain the right to supplement, modify, amend or eliminate the policies and plans. Every effort has been made to make these descriptions as brief, accurate and easy to understand as possible. Therefore, all details may not be described here. If there is a difference between the information in these summaries and the official plan document, the official plan documents will govern. For more specific information, please contact Human Resources at ext. 3312.
Enrolling in Benefits
Coverage under the benefit programs is effective the first of the month following the employee's date of hire and if the employee completes the enrollment applications within 30 days of their hire date. If an employee is hired on the first of the month their benefit programs are effective that same day.
Coverage under the basic life with accidental death & dismemberment insurance plan is effective on the date of hire, if the employee is actively at work. If not, then it is effective the first day the individual is actively at work. Employees must enroll to be covered.
Benefit enrollment and changes are elected online via the online benefit portal. The Alera link is located below the Human Resources flag. Use your HWS credentials to login.
The benefit portal enables eligible employees to enroll in/change/cancel the following benefits:
- Flexible Spending Accounts (health and dependent care)
- Life Supplemental Insurance Programs and Beneficiaries
Employees should contact Human Resources to make changes to their retirement program elections.