Benefits and Perks

Walla Walla University is proud to offer its employees a valuable and comprehensive benefits package. For your information, please feel free to review the resources below. If you have questions related to WWU benefits, you are welcome to contact Keri Self, Ext. 2302.

Updates for 2020

At the 2019 NAD year-end meetings, it was voted to phase out the Adventist Retirement healthcare plan, SHARP, beginning July 1, 2020. An overview of the changes is described on the SHARP Infographic. For more information on how this may affect your retirement, please reach out to  

For employees working 20 hours a week or more, and contributing less than 7% to their retirement account, Empower Retirement will automatically increase employee's contributions by 1% on July 1. To opt out of this auto-escalation, log on to or call Empower Retirement at 866-467-7756 by June 30, 2020. For further details, read the ARP Notice

There are a few benefits changing for 2020, so we have put together a brief presentation with an overview of our benefits.

NEW Discovery Benefits Vendor

NEW 2020 W-4 Training - Presented by Bruce Toews. You can download the powerpoint, and view the recorded presentation.

Quick access

Medical/Prescription: (click "plan through employer" and select "Aetna Choice® POS II (Open Access)" for our plan)

Dental: (Choose "Delta Dental PPO" plan)


Basic Leave Entitlement FMLA requires covered employers to provide up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave to eligible employees for the following reasons: 

  • for incapacity due to pregnancy, prenatal medical care or child birth; 
  • to care for the employee’s child after birth, or placement for adoption or foster care; 
  • to care for the employee’s spouse, son, daughter or parent, who has a serious health condition; or
  • for a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to perform the employee’s job. 

Read the full WHD Publication 1420 >

There are times when everyone needs a little help or advice. The confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through The Standard via Morneau Shepell can help you with things like stress, anxiety, depression, chemical dependency, relationship issues, legal issues, parenting questions, financial counseling, and dependent care resources. Best of all, it's free! Help is available 24/7, 365 days a year by telephone at 888.293.6948. Other resources are available online at . In-person counseling may also be available, depending on the type of help you need.

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