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Welcome to the Powerhouse!

We know that benefits are one of the most important aspects of employment. As an employee of the University of Houston System, you have access to a wide variety of health benefits to meet your lifestyle goals, and the health needs of you and your family. Additionally, our retirement plans and our supplemental saving options offer different alternatives for all types of employees in different career stages.

As a member of the national Partnership for a Healthier America, Healthier Campus Initiative, the University understands the importance of the health and wellness of our employees and their families.  It is our hope that you will take full advantage of all the benefits and wellness offerings available to you and your family now and in the years to come.

Sincerely,

Gaston Reinoso

Associate VC/VP, Human Resources 

 

Need assistance with your benefits?

Phone: 713-743-3998

Email: hrben@central.uh.edu

Benefits

  • Plans

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

    The UH Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counseling and referral program that is available to eligible employees and their families. Whether you want to resolve a stressful work situation, find legal resources or get advice about a financial concern, the EAP can help.
  • Bright Horizon Back Up Care

    Bright Horizons Back-Up Child and Elder Care

    The University is pleased to announce a new benefit available to UH employees, Bright Horizons Back-up Child Care and Elder Care.   Bright Horizons helps employees better manage their work, family and personal responsibilities by offering up to 10 days of emergency care per employee per year at subsidized rates for work-related reasons. 

    Center-based Back-up Child Care is $15 per child, per day or $25 per family per day.  In-home care is $6 per hour for up to three care recipients, with a four hour minimum.  Home-based Back-up Elder Care is $6 per hour for up to three care recipients, with a four hour minimum.

    Assistance is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  For program details and to pre-register your family for future care needs, visit Bright Horizon’s Care Advantage website.

    Back-Up Username: UH
    Back-Up Password: care4you or Call: 877-BH-CARES (242-2737)

     

    Power Up Registration Links

     

  • Health Insurance

    Benefits Eligibility
    Faculty and staff who work 20 hours or more per week for a period of 4.5 months or longer in a fiscal year (September through August) are eligible for some benefits, while other benefits are available to employees with 12 month appointments or who work an average of at least 30 hours per week.

    Benefits Elections

    An employee has 30 days from the date of hire/benefits eligibility to elect optional benefits such as dental, vision, or life insurance. An employee has 60 days to select a medical insurance plan and add dependents, otherwise their medical benefits will default to Health Select insurance for self only. These election windows are regardless of any state or university holidays, or university closures. It is the employee's responsibility to learn about their benefits options and make elections in a timely manner. Unless otherwise instructed, employees should make their benefits elections online at the ERS Website.

     

  • Retirement Plans

    All regular, benefits-eligible employees are required by state law to participate in one of two retirement programs offered by the university: Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) or Optional Retirement Program (ORP).

    In addition to these two programs, all benefits-eligible employees may participate in one or both of our voluntary savings options: Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA) Deferred Compensation

    Retirement@Work Single Sign-on

    R@W Overview

     

  • POWER UP Wellness

    The University of Houston wants to be your partner in meeting and exceeding your wellness lifestyle goals. A number of programs and services to support employee health and wellness can be found throughout the campus. These include work/life support resources offered through the POWER UP Employee Wellness Program, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), and an array of on- and off- campus Employee Perks!

     

    POWER UP Registration Links