Rensselaer is recognized locally and nationally for the depth and breadth of its compensation and benefits programs. Human Resources' goal is to continue to provide Rensselaer employees and their eligible family members with an affordable and comprehensive benefits package while managing the escalating health care costs.

A summary of the benefits available to eligible employees appears below. During Rensselaer's annual open enrollment period, employees can change their benefit selections by logging into Benelogic with their RCS ID and password.

Coverage/Carrier Program Description Contact Information

Capital District Physicians Health Network

  • The Rensselaer Health Plan: Point of Service (POS) plan with preset co-pays for in-network services; may use in and out-of-network providers
  • Rensselaer HMO Plan: Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) plan with no out-of-network benefits (except for true emergencies); primary care physician required with this plan
1 (877) 724-2579
Prescription Drugs

CVS Caremark

  • Automatically included with medical plan
  • 30-day supply of drugs available at retail locations
  • 90-day supply of drugs available at CVS or via mail order
1 (800) 966-5772

Delta Dental

  • Preventive services covered at 100% are not subject to the deductible, and do not accumulate toward the annual benefit maximum
  • Most other services covered at a percentage after the annual deductible has been met
  • Orthodontia coverage for adults and dependent children
1 (800) 932-0783

The Standard/EyeMed

  • May use in-network and out-of-network providers
  • Exam and lenses allowance every 12 months
  • Frame allowance every 24  months
1 (866) 9EYEMED
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)


  • Health Care FSA: Participants may put aside up to $2,650 per year on a pre-tax basis for eligible health expenses
  • Dependent Care FSA: Participants may put aside up to $5,000 per year on a pre-tax basis for eligible dependent care expenses
1 (877) 292-4040
Basic Life and AD&D Supplemental Life Insurance


  • Rensselaer pays 100% of cost
  • Coverage equal to 2.25 times employee's base annual earnings
  • Benefit reduction begins at age 65

1 (800) SYMETRA (796-3872)

Claims: 1 (877) 377-6773

Supplemental Life Insurance


  • Employee-paid coverage, with employee option to purchase additional life insurance coverage for themselves, their spouse, and any dependent children
  • Employees may elect up to 4.5 times their base annual earnings, up to maximum benefit of $600,000
  • Employees may also select up to $250,000 for their spouse, and $10,000 for each dependent child
Supplemental AD&D Insurance

Zurich Insurance Company

  • Employee-paid coverage, with option to purchase additional Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) coverage in increments of $10,000, up to a maximum benefit of $350,000
  • Coverage also available for spouse and children
Travel Insurance

International SOS 

  • Insurance card provided for both business and personal travel
  • Rensselaer pays 100% of cost
  • $150,000 benefit if the employee dies while traveling on Rensselaer business
1 (800) 523-6586
Short-Term Disability (NYDBL)

The Maxon Company

  • Income replacement for sickness/disability
  • Coverage amount varies by employment class

1 (800) 999-3309


Long-Term Disability


  • Rensselaer pays 100% of the cost of the base plan
  • Base plan replaces 60% of the employee's monthly income, up to a maximum benefit of $5,000 per month; benefits continue as long as the employee meets the definition of disability until age 65
  • Option to purchase additional coverage

1 (800) SYMETRA (796-3872)

Claims: 1 (877) 377-6773

Retirement Plans

Fidelity Investments


  • Defined Contributory Retirement Plan - 1% of  applicable pay is deducted from the employee's  paycheck; Rensselaer contributes 8% of applicable pay
  • Option to put aside additional money for retirement on a tax-deferred basis

1 (800) 343-0860

1 (800) 842-2776

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Capital EAP

Company Access Code: 105293

  • Professional and confidential assistance to help with personal and professional problems

(518) 465-3813 1

(800) 777-6531

Nanny Service

New England Nanny Service

  • Child and elder care services at $3/hour co-pay
  • Housekeepers, senior care providers, mother’s helpers, and personal assistant services at 50% off on your membership fee

(518) 453-1000

1 (877) 453-1000

Pre-tax Parking
  • Parking fees deducted on a pre-tax basis
Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Earn PTO each pay period; number of hours vary by position and length of service
English as a Second Language (ESL) Services

Empire State English

  • Help for non-native English speakers to achieve personal, professional, and academic goals in English
  • Rensselaer will reimburse 75% upon successful completion of course

Tuition Benefits

  • Tuition reimbursement available for employees, spouses, and dependent children

Parker School Scholarship

  • The Robert C. Parker School offers a $3,000 scholarship to Rensselaer faculty and staff having dependent children who are entering kindergarten through eighth grade. The Parker School offers a progressive approach to education, recognizing that the joy of personal accomplishment is more motivating than a test score. The curriculum, which is designed around thematic project-based learning, blending basic skills with high motivation, allows a student’s natural curiosity and problem-solving abilities to emerge.

To set up a personal tour, contact Admissions Director Laura Mandelson via email at
or call (518) 286-3449, ext. 102.


Adoption Assistance


  • Up to $1,500 for qualified expenses
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