Employee Benefits

SPC offers a comprehensive group of benefits and programs for employees. Full-time employees have a variety of benefits to choose from, and all employees can find services and available to them from many providers and businesses.

2021 Benefits: At A Glance

Open enrollment for 2021 is now closed. In order to make changes to your 2021 benefits, you​ must have a qualifying event.

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The college operates on a 3-tier model, which means fewer employees will experience contribution changes with their medical insurance costs during the benefit year.  The contribution tiers are now:

  1. Under $45,000
  2. Over $45,000 up to $75,000
  3. Over $75,000

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Benefit Changes | Qualifying Events

Certain events in your life may require that you make changes to your medical, dental, and/or vision coverage, Flexible Spending Account(s), life insurance, and/or retirement programs. With the exception of retirement programs*, there are only two times when you are able to make changes to your benefits:

  1. During the annual Open Enrollment period
  2. Within 30 days of a qualifying event.

Qualifying Events

  • When your dependent child loses eligibility
  • When you get married
  • When you have a child
  • When you adopt a child or are granted legal guardianship
  • When there is a death in your immediate family
  • When you get divorced
  • When your dependent spouse or child obtains insurance coverage
  • When your dependent spouse or child loses his/her insurance coverage
  • When you terminate your employment with SPC

These events may result in a premium change for you and your family. Qualifying events that occur prior to the 16th of the month will result in premium changes retroactive to the first of that month. If the qualifying event occurs on or after the 16th of the month, the premium change will be effective the first of the month following the change.

How to change your benefits enrollments

Note: dependent verification may be required. When enrolling a spouse or child (or changing a spouse or child’s enrollment) in SPC Benefits, the SPC requires documentation that demonstrates the current spousal or child relationship. These documents must be provided to HR – Benefits department during the benefits enrollment or change process. Please review the Dependent Verification Document for more information about acceptable verification documents.

Qualifying Events Documents


Important: your online change request and dependent verification documentation must be submitted within 31 days from the date of the qualifying event.

* Changes can be made to your retirement plan (Savings plan 403b & 457) anytime throughout the year.

Supplemental Insurance

SPC offers comprehensive insurance and reimbursement programs including health, prescription, dread disease, dental and vision insurance as well as disability and life insurance. Additional indemnity plans such as cancer care, hospital and accident ​are also available. 

Supplemental Insurance

St. Petersburg College offers supplemental insurance and reimbursement programs for employees to enroll in.

  • Accident Indemnity – Allstate
    Group accident insurance is provided by Allstate Benefits through Custom Benefit Services. This coverage provides a cushion to help cover medical expenses and living costs if you are in an accident or hurt. This income protection coverage pays benefits directly to you if you cannot work.
  • Hospital Indemnity – Allstate
    Allstate Hospital Indemnity Plan will provide hospital indemnity insurance to employees and their dependents.​ This plan also provides vision and LASIK discounts.
  • Cancer Plan – Allstate
    This coverage is offered through Allstate Benefits and pays benefits directly to you or your covered dependent with a diagnosis of cancer or other specified dread diseases Coverage is portable if you leave SPC.

Cancer and Dread Disease Reimbursement Plan – SPC
The college also offers its own self-funded Cancer/Dread Disease Medical Expense Reimbursement Plan (MERP) only to employees who enroll in a medical coverage plan.

    Auto Insurance – Liberty Mutual Insurance Group

    Auto insurance is available through Liberty Mutual Insurance Group and includes a 5 percent discount for employees. Rates are guaranteed for 12 months but vary based on your plan. Business Accident Forgiveness, called the Exceptional Five Advantage, offers qualified new customers immediate accident forgiveness. Under this, one’s premium would not go up due to a first accident (some requirements apply).

    • Contact Chris Wink at Liberty Mutual, 727.369.2603
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    Time Off Benefits

    SPC offers employees substantial time off to support individual health and wellness. Paid holidays, vacation, and sick time. Eligible employees may also qualify for protected leave under the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act).


    Full-time employees in budgeted positions earn vacation leave depending on how long you’ve worked for a Florida public community or state college. We have 24 paid holidays and 1 paid day for professional development. Dates are subject to change. See our Academic Calendar

    Vacation Leave

    Full-time employees in budgeted positions earn vacation leave depending on how long you’ve worked for a Florida public community or state college.

    First five years of service (year 1 through the end of 5) 1 day a month (12 days/ year)
    Next five years of service (beginning of 6 through the end of 10)
    1-1/4 days a month (15 days/ year)
    More than ten years of service (beginning of 11+)
    1- 1/2 days a month (18 days/ year)

    You cannot transfer more than 49 days of vacation leave to the new calendar year. Any vacation leave over the 49 days on Dec. 31 will be reduced to 49 days on Jan. 1 each year.

    For more details, check out the BOT procedure: on Vacation Leave.

    Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

    SPC complies with the Family and Medical Leave Act.

    For more details, check out the BOT procedure: on FMLA leave

    Sick Leave

    You earn sick leave at one day a month with no carryover limit. Sick leave should be used for your own illness or the illness of an immediate family member. Sick leave requests must be entered as soon as possible.

    Upon retirement or death, a percentage of the total accumulated sick leave days may be paid at the employee’s current daily rate of pay.

    For more details, check out the BOT procedure: on Sick Leave.

    Sick Leave Pool

    If you are a budgeted employee, you can participate in the Sick Leave Pool after one year of employment if you have earned at least nine days of sick leave. You must initially contribute five days of sick leave. This entitles you to use 45 days of donated sick leave after you exhaust your own sick and vacation leave.

    For more details, check out the BOT procedure (section II): on Sick Leave Pool.

    Personal Leave

    You can take up to four days of personal leave with pay each fiscal year. These days are deducted from your earned sick leave and must be approved by your supervisor. Personal leave does not carry over. Any unused personal leave on June 30th will be credited back to your sick leave balance. As of July 1, you will have four new days of personal leave to use.

    For more details, check out the BOT procedure: on Personal Leave.

    Unpaid Leave

    An unpaid leave of absence is available in certain circumstances as described in St. Petersburg College’s Unpaid Leave of Absence policy. Employees who meet the eligibility criteria for a leave of absence must complete this form at least 30 days prior to the commencement of leave or as soon as practicable in the event of an unforeseeable absence. Please note:

    • All leaves of absence must be approved in advance by human resources (HR) and the employee’s supervisor.
    • If the dates of requested leave change, a new leave of absence request form must be submitted for approval.
    • Employees on an unpaid leave of absence are responsible for payment of insurance premiums as agreed upon with HR prior to the commencement of leave.
    • Employees returning from a leave of absence must contact HR at least one week in advance of the projected return date.
    • Unpaid leave request form

    Leave Donation Program

    The voluntary Leave Donation Program allows budgeted employees to donate leave to fellow faculty and staff who suffer from serious illness or injury. The LDP helps protect benefit-eligible employees who may face financial hardship if they exhaust all of their own vacation, sick, personal or sick pool leave due to an extended serious health condition. Potential leave recipients may request up to 25 days (five weeks) of donated leave during a 12-month period. The time may only be used for the recipient’s own serious health condition.

    Eligibility requirements to donate leave

    • Budgeted full-time or part-time employee who has completed at least one year of credited service at SPC
    • Have a minimum of eight days of leave accrued (earned, not just advanced)
    • Have at least five days of leave remaining after donating leave
    • Donations are in one-hour increments. A minimum donation is one hour, up to a maximum of 40 hours (5 days)
    • Acknowledge that any leave donated to the Leave Donation Bank is irrevocable

    Eligibility requirements to receive donated leave

    • Budgeted employees at SPC
    • Have completed one year of credited service
    • Provide certification from a licensed physician/practitioner of a serious health condition that is not work-related and not covered by Workers Compensation Insurance
    • Exhaust all forms of leave or provide credible medical evidence that he or she will have exhausted all leave before the medical condition is resolved and not accept donated leave in lieu of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), short term or long term disability

    NOTE: Employees are not required to be in the college’s Sick Leave Pool to receive donated leave. To donate, complete an SPC Leave Donation Form and submit it to Laura Linder in Human Resources.

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