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Fringe Benefit Rates

May 2019 Advisory    

CURRENT AND RECOMMENDED RESEARCH FRINGE BENEFIT RATES

All Research Foundation accounts will be charged fringe benefits at the rate in effect at the time of expenditure, regardless of the rate at which they were budgeted. No waiver of the fringe benefit rate is permitted.

DATES

EMPLOYEES

POST-
DOCTORAL

UNDER-
GRADUATE
1

GRADUATE2

SUMMER ONLY3

COST SHARING
& FACULTY OFFSET
6

7/1/17

40.0%

 

5%

14%

14%

59.97%

7/1/18

40.0%

 

5%

16%

14%

62.48%

7/1/19

42.0%

25.0%

5%

16%

14%

60.96%

7/1/20

42.0%

25.0%

5%

16%

14%

60.96%

7/1/21

42.0%

25.0%

5%

16%

14%

60.96%

all future years

42.0%

25.0%

Use 5%

Use 16%

Use 14%

Use 60.96%

1 Applies only to full time SUNY undergraduate students who meet the criteria for and are appointed to one of the following titles: Research Aide, Senior Research Aide or Camp Counselor. All other undergraduate student salaries will be charged the regular employee rate.

2 Applies only to full time SUNY graduate students who meet the criteria for and are appointed to one of the following titles: Project Instructional Assistant, Research Project Assistant, Research Graduate Assistant, Research Aide or Senior Research Aide. All other graduate student salaries will be charged the regular employee rate.

3 Applies only to employees whose appointments fall wholly within the summer and who meet the criteria set forth by Employee Services and Human Resources, some of which appear on the reverse of this advisory.

4 A breakdown of the fringe benefits components can be found below.

5 Fringe Benefit Rate for Transfers to NY State Salary Offset accounts and Cost Sharing Budgets. This is the actual NY State rate, and is no longer included in the Fringe Benefit Pool.

6No fringe is associated with the cost sharing of undergraduate or graduate students as defined above. 

***Minimum Criteria for Summer Only Appointments: The position must have been established to reflect the campus’ special needs during the summer months or to compensate academic employee for sponsored program activity performed outside the academic year; the employee must not concurrently be employed by The RF in an ongoing position; there must not be expectation that the position will continue into the new academic year; and the employee must not be on The RF payroll in a regular appointment prior to the proposed summer only appointment, with the following exceptions: a) A SUNY faculty member on sabbatical whose partial SUNY salary is supplemented by a Regular appointment on The RF payroll during the spring semester; b) SUNY employee appointed to an Extra Service appointment on The RF payroll during the spring semester or c) an employee appointed to an Undergraduate Student or Graduate category during the spring semester who is no longer eligible for appointment to a student category in the summer.

 

RESEARCH FOUNDATION FRINGE BENEFIT RATES FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019-2020

The following table provides the percentage breakdown for each component of the Research Foundation of State University of New York 2019-2020 employee fringe benefit rates.

Components

Regular Employees

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students

Summer-Only Employees

Post-Doctoral

Cost Sharing & Faculty Offset

Retirement

10.4

-

-

6.6 7.9

15.41

Group Health Insurance

20.9 14.1

-

-

7.8 31.46

Social Security

7.0

1.0 4.0

6.7

6.7

7.43

Dental Insurance

1.1

-

-

-

-

0.42

Vacation and Sick Leave Payments*

1.1

-

-

-

1.1

-

New York State Unemployment Insurance

0.3

0.2

0.3

0.1

0.3

0.05

Group Life Insurance

-

-

-

-

-

0.10

Long Term Disability Insurance

0.3

-

-

-

0.3

-

Workers’ Compensation

0.6

0.4

0.1

0.4

0.6

4.99

New York State Disability Insurance

0.1

0.2

0.5

0.1

0.1

-

MTA Expense

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

-

Dependent Care Subsidy

0.1

-

-

-

0.1

-

Employee Benefit Funds

-

-

-

-

-

1.10

TOTAL RATE 

42.0%

16%

5%

14%

25.00%

60.96%

* Vacation and sick leave payments are for

  • accrued vacation leave to employees who have terminated, changed accruing status, or transferred, as covered by the Research Foundation leave policy.
  • absences over 30 calendar days that are charged to sick leave.

 

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