Goodwin University offers all eligible full-time employees the option of participating in our health, welfare and retirement programs. Part time employees and adjuncts may be eligible to participate in our medical and retirement plan in accordance with federal and state law. If you elect to enroll in any of the University’s benefit programs, coverage begins the first of the month following the completion of 60-days of employment. Employees are encouraged to refer to the individual plan documents on our website and other communication materials regarding plan coverage, eligibility, required contributions and other pertinent plan information.

Elective Benefits

Employees are offered two primary opportunities to enroll in Goodwin University's health, welfare and retirement benefit programs at the time of employment and at annual benefits open enrollment. Additional enrollment opportunities for the retirement plan also occur at the beginning of each quarter. Open enrollment periods are communicated through e-mail and the University's management team. You may address enrollment or benefit inquiries to Human Resources.

In addition to the open enrollment periods, other life events that may trigger a change in your health and welfare benefit status are:

  • The birth or adoption of a child
  • A child who is no longer a dependent
  • A change in your spouse’s benefits
  • Marriage or divorce
  • Death of a dependent
  • Exceeding 1000 working hours in a calendar year

Goodwin University reserves the right to change any aspects of the elective benefit programs it offers to staff at any time for any reason at its sole discretion.

Mandatory Benefits

The University makes contributions for and makes deductions from employees’ pay for social security. It also provides coverage for injuries and illnesses that arise in the course of employment under the Connecticut Workers’ Compensation law. For more information on how to report a work related injury please see Section 7: Injuries in the workplace.