Benefits and Life Events


Benefits Eligibility Chart

The Benefits Eligibility Chart, indicates benefits eligibility by appointment type & FTE and provides links to additional information about each benefit.

Leave and COVID-19 Pandemic

Open for Business

The college is open and fulfilling its mission. All work options, including telework, are to be explored before seeking leave due to the pandemic.

COTC Leave Policies

 COTC recognizes that supporting faculty and staff in balancing career and personal life benefits the institution and its most important resource, people.

The college’s standard leave policies are available:

Families First Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act’s provisions for “emergency paid sick leave” and “expanded family and medical leave” expired on December 31, 2020.

Notice of Privacy Practices (HIPAA)

This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully. 

Life Events and Your Pre-tax Benefits

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations permit employees to drop, add or change benefit plans paid with pre-tax dollars during the plan year when a “qualifying status change” occurs. Changes to benefits choices must be made within 30 days of the status change.

Qualifying status changing events include:

  • Marriage;
  • Divorce, legal separation or annulment;
  • Death of employee, spouse or dependent;
  • Birth, adoption or placement of adoption of child;
  • Employment status changes for the employee, employee’s spouse or dependent, e.g., beginning or ending employment (including retirement) or unpaid leave of absence;
  • Dependent turning aging 26.

Except for these types of events employee’s may only change their pre-tax benefits choices during the annual open enrollment period.

Generally, changes may be made to benefits paid with after-tax dollars at anytime. 

Employee Discounts


Theresa Martelli, HR Consultant, at 740.755.7342 or​