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 2021

  • WA State has passed a new long-term care trust act beginning Jan 1, 2022 and funded by payroll tax. This long-term care program is mandatory for all W-2 employees over the age of 18. The initial premium will be $0.58 per $100 of income and benefits will be available Jan 1, 2025 with a lifetime benefit up to $36,500. There is a one-time opportunity this fall for employees to permanently opt out of this program with evidence of an individual long-term care policy in effect by July 2021. To learn more about this program, review this LTSS flyeror visit DSHS.WA.gov.
    • If you are interested in opting out of this program, contact keri.self@wallawalla.edubefore June1, 2021 to review your options. 
  • We have a new enhanced Employee Assistant Program, called SupportLinc. This is a FREE service for WWU employees and their family and includes up to 6 free counseling sessions! To read an introductory letter from SupportLinc, click here.
  • We understand the COVID pandemic may be causing additional stress to your lives. To learn more about our mental health resources, click here
  • 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 Laura.Boyd@wallawalla.edu.  
  • 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% each July 1. To opt out of this auto-escalation, watch for communication from Adventist Retirement each Spring. For further details, read the ARP Notice

Quick access

Medical/Prescription: https://www.aetna.com/individuals-families/find-a-doctor.html (click "plan through employer" and select "Aetna Choice® POS II (Open Access)" for our plan)

Dental: https://www.deltadentalwa.com/tools-and-resources/find-a-dentist (Choose "Delta Dental PPO" plan)

Vision: https://www.vsp.com/

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. An enhanced Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through SupportLinc 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 for both employees and their families! Help is available by a licensed counselor 24/7, 365 days a year by phone at 1-888-881-5462. Other resource tools, such as podcasts, articles and videos are available online at www.supportlinc.com or by downloading the app: eConnect Mobil App.

Learn more about these free services in this introductory letter from SupportLinc.

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