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EIU Benefit Services

Welcome to Benefit Services

Here you can explore all your benefit options as an Eastern Illinois University employee. Our employees are provided with a vast array of benefits including: group health, dental, vision, life insurance, disability, retirement, supplemental retirement plans, and tuition waivers.

We encourage our employees to be in control of their benefits. Employees can sign up and access their benefits at MyBenefits.

As the Benefits Staff, we are committed to providing excellent service to our employees. If you have any questions, please contact us via email at or call 217-581-5825.




    The University will be closed in observance of Christmas and New Year's on Eastern's four official holidays: Friday, December 23 and Monday, December 26; Friday, December 30, 2022 and Monday, January 2, 2023. Please note all offices must remain open following fall graduation, December 17, up to and including December 22.

    In addition, this year, President Glassman has approved an extension of the Christmas Holidays offered to all benefit-eligible employees. The University has designated December 27, 28, and 29 as “gift” days. Employees, including probationary employees, will not have to use their own leave time for these days. Essential employees of the University will still be required to work on one or more of the gift days. Vice-Presidents and/or Directors will identify those areas/employees deemed essential for University operations. An employee(s) identified as “essential” will be allowed to flex the gift days at another time but must use that time by March 31, 2023. FAQ’s regarding the gift days may be found here. Employees who are in probationary status and wish to use time outside of the gift days (for example, Dec 19 – Dec 22), will be allowed to use any available accrued leave or take leave without pay during the Holiday season. Probationary employees who wish to use accrued leave during the holiday period must complete the Civil Service Employee Request for Accrued Leave During Probation form available here.

    Supervisors are encouraged to approve time-off requests, unless the employment is required for essential duties during that period or the time off impedes the ability for the office to remain open through Dec 22. Should an employee choose to take leave without pay, please note that accrued leave, sick leave and service credit will not be earned.

    Please note that the following eligibility rules apply for holiday compensation: Employees must be in an approved pay status, with or without pay, on the last scheduled work day before the holiday and the first scheduled work day following the holiday in order to receive holiday pay. Employees who are subject to the provisions of a prevailing-rate area agreement or a collective bargaining agreement will be paid according to the terms of the respective agreement.

    Time reporting codes have previously been created for use on time sheets and leave reports. If you do not have to work on December 27, 28, or 29, please report it under University Gift Day – Non-work (763). If you must work on any of the gift days, please report any of that time under University Gift Day – Time worked (764). If you must work and flex your day(s) at another time, when you use that day, you will use the 763 – University Gift Day – Non-work at that time. 

    In order to conserve energy, building temperatures will be reduced Monday, December 19 through Monday, January 2. Inquiries regarding this information may be directed to the Benefits Office at 217-581-5825.

  • ComPsych Employee Assistance Program


    With Covid, we have all experienced a difficult and unprecedented couple of years and we still have not reached normalcy. Now is a great time to ensure that you and your dependents are aware of our Employee Assistance Program. EIU and the State of Illinois offer a very robust Employee Assistance Program that can help you and your dependents manage stress experiences and provide tools for improved mental health.

    The Employee Assistance Program services are free. ComPsych is available and can offer up to 5 counseling sessions (per event, per year) - remotely or in-person - to assist with your mental health needs.  More than this, ComPsych also offers a wide array of services to assist with other needs, such as legal assistance, financial resources, work-life solutions, and more.

    Explore all of the life assisting programs, webinars, and resources that ComPsych has to offer.  The services are confidential, free, and available for any employee and their dependents.

    Register at

    • Organization web ID: stateofillinois
    • Mobile App: GuidanceNow Android | Apple
    • Phone: 1-833-955-3400
  • Deferral Limits Will Increase for 2023


    The IRS has announced changes to pension limitations governing the 457 plans. The maximum amount individuals can contribute to their 457(b) plan will increase for calendar year 2023. The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in deferred compensation will increase to $22,500. The age 50 catch-up contribution limit will increase to $7,500, making the total contribution limit for those aged 50 and older $30,000 for the 2023 calendar year. 

  • Holiday Gift Day FAQ


    What is a gift day? 

    A gift day is a designated paid day that the University may provide to leave benefit-eligible employees during the holiday break in December without having to use their own benefit time. A gift day is paid at straight time and does not accrue towards overtime eligibility. 

    What if it is determined that I am an “essential” employee who must work during the gift day? 

    Essential employees who are required to work on the gift day may use the gift day on another day within the timeframe identified by the administration and, with supervisor approval. For FY 22, the alternative time-off must be taken by March 31, 2022. 

    I have requested a sick day for a doctor's appointment on a designated gift day. Will I be required to use the gift day? 

    Yes, unless you are an essential employee, you must use the gift day on that day. 

    I am scheduled to work on a designated gift day and want to use the gift day on another day. What do I need to do? 

    You must follow standard protocol with your department for requesting time off and obtain approval from your supervisor. Only employees who have been identified as “essential” will be able to utilize the gift day on a day other than the designated gift day. If you do not know if you are “essential”, please work with your supervisor. 

    I am on Family Medical Leave over the holidays. Do I need to use my gift day? 

    Yes, you are required to use your gift day. The day will be a paid gift day but will still count towards your FML leave entitlement. 

    I am currently on leave, am I eligible for the gift day? 

    You may be. Please contact Human Resources at or call 217-581-5825 to discuss your specific situation. 

    I am a part-time employee. Am I eligible for the gift day? 

    In general, part-time employees not accruing benefit time are not eligible to receive the gift day. Please contact Human Resources at or call 217-581-5825 to discuss your specific situation. 

    If I call in sick, can I use the gift day?

    If the sick day occurs on a designated gift day, the time will be paid as a gift day. If you work on a gift day as an essential worker and choose to use the gifted day later, you must follow the standard protocol for requesting time off, including supervisor approval. 

    If I am on probation, am I eligible for the gift day? 


    Does the Gift Day expire for essential personnel who work on a designated gift day? 

    Yes, the gift day used at some other time, must be used no later than a date identified by the administration. For FY22, the last eligible day is March 31, 2022. 

    I was hired prior to December 31 of the current year to begin work on January 2, 2022. Will I be eligible to receive pay for the gifted day? 

    No, you must be in pay status and benefit-eligible prior to December 28, 2021 to be eligible for the gift day 

    The bi-weekly payday falls on one of the gift days, December 30. Will December 30 remain as the official payday?

    Yes, the bi-weekly payday will remain as December 30th.  Direct Deposits will be available on the normal payday.  If a paper payroll check is issued, it will be available for pick-up in the Cashier’s Office, Old Main beginning at 8 am on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.


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Benefits Office

Old Main Room 2020
600 Lincoln Avenue
Charleston IL, 61920

Fax: 217-581-3614

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