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  • Employee Benefit Programs

  • The benefits outlined below are available to employees working standard hours of at least 20 per week. Most benefits become effective on the first of the month following date of hire. Benefits are pro-rated for employees working less than 35, but at least 20 standard hours per week.


    Benefit Choices

    • Health Insurance
      Your choice of health insurance includes Lifespan Blue or cash in lieu of coverage when proof of alternative medical coverage is provided.
    • Dental Insurance
      Your choice of dental insurance includes Delta USA Plan A, Delta USA Plan B or cash in lieu of coverage.
    • Long-Term Disability (LTD) Insurance
      Eligible employees are automatically covered at no cost for LTD insurance that provides 60 percent replacement of base monthly pay to a maximum of $6,000 per month. For approved claims there is a 180-day eligibility period, and then LTD coverage coordinates with other sources of income and with benefit payments you receive from other disability programs like TDI, workers compensation, or Social Security to bring your income up to 60 percent of your base pay.
    • Employee Basic Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
      Eligible employees are automatically enrolled at no cost in basic life insurance for two times their base annual pay with an option to purchase additional insurance at pay multiples of three, four or five times their annual base pay. Coverage maximum is $500,000, regardless of the multiple amounts. For those employees who take supplemental coverage, free will preparation services are available.
    • Dependent Basic Life Insurance
      Coverage for your spouse and dependent children up to the age of 19 (or age 23 if a full-time student) is available in the following amounts:

      Spouse: $10,000, $25,000, or $50,000
      Child: $5,000* or $10,000*

      *Children 14 days to 6 months of age will have a benefit equal to $1,000. At 6 months of age, the benefits will equal the coverage amount selected.

    CHOICE Retirement Plan

    • The CHOICE Core Account provides an annual contribution from 2 percent to 6 percent of annual pay based on years of credited service. You become eligible on the first day of the month after you complete one year of service and have worked at least 1,000 hours in the 12-month period starting with your first day on the job.
    • The CHOICE Matched Savings Account allows employees to save pre-tax dollars through automatic payroll deduction. There is no waiting period. You can choose from 26 Fidelity investment options. Lifespan matches your contributions at $0.50 on the dollar up to the first 4 percent of the pay you save.
    • The Supplemental Tax-Sheltered Accounts allows employees to tax-shelter savings in TIAA-CREF.

    Paid Time Off

    • Nine Paid Holidays
      Employees are eligible for the following paid holidays:
      • New Year's Day 
      • Martin Luther King Day
      • President's Day
      • Memorial Day
      • Independence Day
      • Labor Day
      • Columbus Day
      • Thanksgiving Day
      • Christmas Day
    • Premium Pay
      If you work on the holidays listed above, you will be paid a premium equal to one half of your hourly rate in addition to your regular pay.
    • Vacation Time
      Eligible employees begin to accrue vacation time with their first paid hour of employment or transfer to benefit-eligible status. The amount of vacation time that an employee is eligible to accrue is dependent on job category, length of service, and standard hours. Once they have successfully completed 90 days of service, employees are eligible to begin using their accrued vacation time for scheduled or unscheduled absences, according to departmental policy.
    • Sick Time
      Eligible employees begin to accrue sick time with their first paid hour of employment or transfer to benefit-eligible status. Full-time employees accrue 8 days per year, and part-time employees accrue a pro-rated amount. Once they have successfully completed 90 days of service, employees are eligible to begin using their accrued vacation time for scheduled or unscheduled absences, according to departmental policy.
    • Personal Time
      Eligible full-time employees, with the exception of those following a school calendar, are granted two personal days per calendar year. Part-time employees are granted a pro-rated amount of personal time. Once they have successfully completed 90 days of service, employees are eligible to begin using their accrued vacation time for scheduled or unscheduled absences, according to departmental policy.

    Work/Life Benefits, Resources and Programs

    Lifespan's Work/Life Initiative can help you get more out of both. We are working to make sure that all employees feel welcome at Lifespan and have the resources necessary to be successful in their jobs. We also recognize that our employees' personal lives play an important role in Lifespan's culture and success and we are committed to providing the support needed to balance work and life.

    Workplace Flexibility

    Lifespan values its employees and supports each department manager's decision to offer flexible work arrangements to his/her employees, provided they are able to continue to provide the highest quality patient care and/or the highest quality customer service and fulfill the missions of the department and Lifespan.

    Health and Wellness

    • Working Healthy
      A variety of health promotion programs are offered to employees such as smoking cessation, on-site Weight Watchers, free health screenings, fitness center discounts, monthly lectures, walking and running clubs, and more. Since 1998, Lifespan has been an annual recipient of the "Worksite Health Award," sponsored by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and BCBS of RI. Newport Hospital is the recipient of the "Gold-Level Well Workplace" award for 2005-2008 and each other Lifespan affiliate is the recipient of the "Silver-Level Well Workplace" award for 2006-2009 as designated by the Wellness Council of America.
    • Employee Health Services
      Optimal health services are provided for Lifespan employees, promoting occupational effectiveness through a multi-disciplinary approach to support health and minimize risks, and medical guidance with an understanding of Workers' Compensation laws, Occupational Health Safety, and Regulations pertinent to accreditation requirements.
    • Employee Assistance Program
      This free, confidential service is available as a benefit to all employees and their family members who need information, or assessment and referral to counseling or other resources. In addition they offer a resource and referral program for child care, elder care, legal and financial services.
    • Workplace Conveniences:
      • Free parking
      • Employee discount programs
      • Cafeteria
      • On-line employee bulletin board
      • Paid and unpaid leaves of absence
      • CollegeBoundFund through payroll deduction
      • Employee Recognition Program
    • Lactation Support Program
      Lifespan is dedicated to fostering healthy babies and families, and is proud to offer parents additional support through our Workplace Lactation Program. Bradley Hospital has been recognized by the Department of Health as a Breastfeeding-Friendly Workplace, winning the 2007 Silver Award.

    Child Care, Elder Care & Family Support

    • Resource and Referral Services
      The Employee Assistance Program offers resource and referral services for child care and elder care in addition to its confidential service to employees and their family members who need information, or assessment and referral to counseling or other resources.
    • Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account
      Employees can contribute, on a pre-tax basis, up to a maximum of $5,000 over the course of the year to be used as reimbursement toward eligible expenses such as child and elderly day care, day camps, preschool and after-school care.
    • Dependent Life Insurance
      Coverage is available for your spouse and dependent children up to the age of 19 (or age 23 if a full-time student).
    • Long-Term Care Insurance
      Long-term care is not one service, but many different services aimed at helping people who have chronic conditions and are unable to care for themselves. Services may be needed within the home for day-to-day activities or in a nursing home when special attention is required. Long-term care services are not always covered by major medical plans or are severely limited within Medicare and Medicaid.

    Work/Life Benefits

    • Education Assistance
      Full-time employees are eligible for reimbursement of 75 percent of approved tuition costs up to $1,250 per calendar year. Part-time employees are eligible for reimbursement of 75 percent of tuition costs up to a maximum of $625 per calendar year.
    • Relocation Assistance
      Individuals who are offered, accept and begin full-time employment may be eligible for reimbursement towards approved relocation expenses.
    • Computer Purchase Discount Program
      Employees can purchase computers and related products at discounted prices.
    • Financial Planning & Legal Services
      With legal services you can help protect your rights in some of life's most frustrating situations. You can protect yourself and your financial security if expensive legal services ever become necessary.
    • Health Care Flexible Spending Accounts
      Employees can contribute up to a maximum of $3,000 (tax-free) over the course of the year to be used as reimbursement toward eligible expenses such as deductibles, coinsurance, and co-payments, as well as other health expenses that are not paid by insurance, such as vision care, eyeglasses and contact lenses.
    • Personal Insurance Program
      Employees receive a group rate for homeowners, car, and boat insurance and can participate through payroll deduction.
    • HIV Insurance
      This insurance provides a lump sum payment should you test HIV positive while covered by the plan. The benefit provides 24-hour coverage and is payable in full at the time of the claim. If you elect this coverage, the insurance company will require a confidential, valid, negative test result for HIV. The test must be performed by a representative from the insurance company.
    • MyHealthAdvocate
      This service provides expert help, guidance and support to make sure employees get the most from their Lifespan health and pharmacy plan.
    • Employee Fund
      Whether it be a fire that has destroyed your home or a serious illness that has stricken your child, your fellow employees want to help. The Employee Fund was created to provide financial assistance when an unexpected catastrophic event has left them with nowhere else to turn. Unlike employee loan programs, money granted through the Employee Fund does not have to be paid back. The fund is managed by a committee of diverse employees who determine whether to grant or deny a request based on established guidelines.
    • Work/Life Lunch and Learn Sessions
      Each Lifespan affiliate offers quarterly programs on topics such as college planning, caring for elders, balancing work and family, advance directives, How to Talk to Your Children About Risk Taking, Managing the Holidays, gardening, adoption and foster care, and more.