7.00 Benefits Committee

Effective Date: April 1, 2010 (revised)


The benefits provided to Trinity College employees make up a significant portion of the College’s total compensation package. The College strives to provide a comprehensive benefits program that meets the diverse needs of its employees and is competitive with peer institutions, providing the means to attract and retain a talented workforce in support of the College’s mission.

The Benefits Committee has been established to provide on-going guidance and recommendations to the Human Resources department in the analysis of the costs and composition of the benefits provided.


Charge: The Benefits Committee shall advise the College, through the Director of Human Resources, on matters related to employee benefits programs. It shall receive employee concerns and inquiries and may make recommendations with respect to resolution of concerns, and changes and/or additions to existing benefit programs. Among the primary factors the Committee shall consider in its reviews and recommendations are cost of benefits, equity across College groups and market competitiveness.

Scope: The Committee shall review existing employee benefits plans; recommend changes in plan design; recommend employee premium rates; and advise on employee benefits which may include but are not limited to medical plans, dental plans, life insurance plans, AD&D plans, long term disability plans, wellness programs, employee assistance programs, managed care programs, retirement plans and the tax deferred supplemental retirement plans, tuition remission and tuition assistance. Additionally, the Committee shall advise on paid time off plans including vacation, personal days, sick leave and other related leave time.

Composition: Membership totaling 10, comprising representatives from each of the following groups, with individual participation to be determined by the respective group. Members will serve staggered three-year terms that may be renewed.

Meeting: The Committee shall meet at least two times per year. The Committee or a designated sub-committee may meet more frequently should circumstances warrant.

Voting: A quorum must be present to conduct business at any regular meeting. A simple majority (50% plus 1) shall constitute a quorum. In the event of a division in Committee opinion, each member shall have one vote. Only Committee members may vote; alternates do not have voting privileges. If a Committee member is not able to attend and wishes to designate another committee member to cast their vote, that member shall give written authorization for another Committee member to cast his/her vote.