Welfare benefits provided by employers may vary widely. Likewise, employers may pay the full cost or share the cost of all or parts of the plan with employees, especially dental and health care benefits. Different eligibility provisions may be declared for exempt versus non-exempt employees. However, whatever decisions are made regarding eligibility, cost share, and what qualifies as full-time or part-time staff, they must be written down in your employee manual and must be adhered to. Non-discrimination rules will require that all employees in the same class be provided the same benefits.

The Pension Boards of the United Church of Christ provides pension plans for clergy and lay employees along with other welfare benefit plans. Summary plan descriptions are available on the Pension Board’s website at www.pbucc.org.