The following resources continue to be available to you.
Faculty/Staff Emergency Relief Fund
The Faculty/Staff Emergency Relief Fund provides financial assistance to Berklee staff and faculty members who are experiencing an immediate, severe, and temporary financial hardship due to the tremendous negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Berklee is prepared to help as best as possible with the added stress and anxiety this pandemic has created. Please feel free to reach out to a member of the Human Resources team for support. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential and free benefit that provides referrals for life services as well as counseling services to employees of Berklee and their household members. Log on (see credentials below) to access support, counseling, the savings center, legal and financial resource center, articles, free webinars, monthly newsletters, and more. Code: Berklee. You can also call 800-624-5544 and speak directly with a counselor.
Questions and Comments
Feel free to contact your direct manager, submit your question online, or reach out to a member of the Human Resources team.
Resources for Summer 2020 Semester
Copayments and Out-of-Pocket Costs
Effective immediately, Tufts Health Plan will provide current members access to the following:
- No out-of-pocket costs for medically necessary coronavirus (COVID-19) testing, counseling, and vaccinations. This coverage applies at in-network providers, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, and other facilities, and at out-of-network providers in the event a member cannot easily find an in-network provider to provide timely services.
- No copayments for medically necessary COVID-19 treatment. This coverage applies at in-network providers, urgent care centers, emergency rooms, and other facilities, and at out-of-network providers in the event a member cannot easily find an in-network provider to provide timely services.
If you think you are infected with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are a member of the Tufts Medical Plan, Teladoc doctors can answer questions about the disease, evaluate your risk, and advise you on next steps. Please register for this service now so you’ll already be registered and ready to use it if you happen to feel unwell later on. You can enroll at the Tufts website and follow the link to “Access Teladoc Telemedicine Services.”
In addition, please notify the core response team at firstname.lastname@example.org and let your supervisor know that you are feeling unwell.
If you have questions about your health care information, please contact a member of the Human Resources benefits team at 617-747-2375 or email email@example.com.
Absence Benefits and Policies
Refer to this chart to see which absence benefits you may be able to use if you are unable to work due to COVID-19.
CARES Act: Updates to Your Benefits
The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020), signed into law on Friday, March 27, 2020, helps provide financial stability and relief for individuals and businesses affected by COVID-19. The legislation is very broad and impacts a range of industries and policies, including your benefits. Read about updates to your benefits (login required), including Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Health Savings Accounts (HSA), and your retirement account.
Berklee 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
You may be concerned about your retirement plan during these volatile times. The coronavirus (COVID-19) is expected to have a widespread impact on both the U.S. and global economies over the next several months, and you will see this impact affect your Berklee 403(b) retirement savings plan as well. Transamerica will post articles that address the concerns that you may have in addition to providing their perspective on the economy and markets.
Berklee College of Music, Inc. Retirement Plan (Pension Plan)
For those who are participants in the Berklee College of Music, Inc. Retirement Plan (Pension Plan), the effect is somewhat different. The monthly benefit that you will receive from this plan is based upon your years of service and the salary that you have received from Berklee. Since these items are not affected by the market, you monthly benefit will not change. However, the current lump sum option could be affected by the change in interest rates in plan year 2021. We are closely monitoring this situation and will keep you informed.
As you consider your response to the volatile markets, please keep in mind your long-term retirement goals. A good plan includes selecting an allocation that considers both your time frame and your personal outlook on risk and staying the course. History has shown that the market is resilient, and although short-term impacts can be scary, there is no current indication that the COVID-19 impact will be long-term.
In both the 403(b) and the Pension Plan, it is important to understand that the funding for the benefits provided by these plans are kept in trusts that are separate from Berklee's monies. That means that Berklee cannot use these funds for purposes other than for the benefit of the participants in these plans.
Time entry for hourly and salaried staff will continue in the same manner and process through Workday. Exempt-level staff must enter any requested and approved PTO time, and hourly staff must enter all hours worked each pay period as they are currently doing.
At this time, Berklee is restricting all domestic and international Berklee-sponsored business travel through at least August 21, 2020. Exceptions may be allowed in extreme circumstances.
Learn more about the current travel policy and how to request an exemption.
If you are concerned about a student's personal or academic wellbeing, please submit an Early Alert (login required) to notify the Early Alerts team to ensure that the student receives the appropriate support. This system continues to operate even though students are learning remotely for the rest of the semester.