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Overview and Eligibility Requirements (Section 400)
The Office of Human Resources serves as a resource for faculty and staff seeking benefit information and assistance. Shortly after being hired, benefit-eligible employees should schedule a benefits enrollment appointment to enroll in the benefit plans they choose.
Master Insurance Contracts
This handbook is meant to highlight some important features of the college's benefit plans. The group insurance and retirement-related programs are described more fully in the summary plan descriptions (SPDs) that are provided to you. Complete information on the group insurance plans is contained in the college's master contracts with the insurance carriers. Complete information on retirement-related programs is contained in the master contracts with the various retirement investment companies and in the summary plan document. This information is maintained by the Office of Human Resources. In the event of any contradiction between the information appearing in this handbook and the SPDs, the master contracts or plan documents shall govern in all cases.
Annual Human Resources Fair
The Human Resources Fair is held annually in November or December during the benefits open enrollment period. Smith College benefits and retirement vendors participate in the fair and are available to answer questions and provide information about their products and services.
Benefit Plan Revisions
As changes are made in existing benefit plans or as new plans and policies are established, new descriptions will be distributed by the Office of Human Resources. The effective date of each new or revised plan or policy will be the date determined by the President and/or the Board of Trustees, whether or not new descriptions have actually been issued.
Smith College reserves the right to amend or terminate any of these programs or to require or increase employee contributions toward any benefits at its discretion. This reserved right may be exercised in the absence of financial necessity.