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. 

***Effective August 16, 2021, multi-factor authentication will be required to log into Benelogic. To access Benelogic, login with your RCS userID and password; you will then be prompted to complete a second factor authentication via Duo, Rensselaer's MFA service. If you are not already enrolled in Duo, please refer to the "Duo Mobile - Multi-Factor Authentication" ITSSC article for instructions.***

Please contact the Division of Human Resources Benefits and Retirement with any question regarding Rensselaer's Benefits Program. If you have any questions about enrolling or using DUO, please contact the helpdesk.

Coverage/Carrier Program Description Contact Information

Capital District Physicians Health Network

  • 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
  • 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
  • Traditional Plan option for employees living outside of the Capital District
1 (877) 724-2579
Prescription Drugs Coverage

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) 289-0614
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)


  • Health Care FSA: Participants may elect up to $2,750 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


  • Rensselaer pays 100% of cost
  • Life Insurance coverage up to 2.25 times employee's base annual earnings
  • Benefit reduction begins at age 65

  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance provides an additional benefit if you lose your life, sight, hearing, speech, or limbs in an accident

Supplemental Life Insurance


  • Employee-paid coverage, with employee option to purchase additional life insurance coverage for themselves, their spouse, and any dependent children up to age 26
  • Employees may elect up to 4.5 times their base annual earnings, up to maximum benefit of $600,000
  • Employees who elect at least $10,000 in supplemental life insurance may also elect 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 is also available for a spouse (up to age 70) and children (up to age 26)
Travel Insurance

International SOS 

  • Access to resources 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) & New York State Paid Family Leave (PFL)


  • Pay and leave benefits for eligible employees upon review and approval of qualified requests

Claims: 1 (877) 377-6773

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) 796-3872

Claims: 1 (877) 377-6773

Retirement Plans

Fidelity Investments


  • Defined Contributory Retirement Plan -  Minimum of1% 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 pre-tax contribution/tax-deferred basis and after-tax Roth contribution/tax-free earning basis

1 (800) 343-0860

1 (800) 842-2776

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Employee Assistance Program-BHS

Username is RPI



Backup Dependent Care Services

A New England Nanny

  • 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

1 (518) 453-1000

1 (877) 453-1000

Pre-Tax Parking

Parking and Transportation Services

  • 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
1 (518) 729-5407

Tuition Benefits

  • Tuition reimbursement available for eligible 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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