Select any of the headings below for additional information regarding frequently asked about topics. For more information please call the Human Resources office at 402-727-3016.
If you have an injury or accident at work, you must report it to the human resources office immediately. Here’s what you need to do:
- The employee fills out the Workers Compensation Incident Report
- The supervisor fills out the Accident Investigation Report
- The employee fills out the Choice of Doctor Form.
- Send all forms to the HR office as promptly as possible.
Blue Cross Blue Shield: Fremont Public Schools offers health and dental insurance plans to eligible employees. Open Enrollment for all health and dental benefits is in August of each year. This period allows employees to enroll in or change current benefit options for the following year. Plan participants also have an open enrollment window each December that allows them to change deductibles. If you have a Familial Status Change (e.g. marriage, birth or adoption of a child, divorce, loss of coverage, etc.) you may qualify for a special enrollment period. Contact the Human Resources office with any questions. BCBS has an online portal available to members. To access BCBS myblue online, visit https://members.nebraskablue.com/. If you wish to cancel your insurance, you’ll need to complete a cancellation form (located in the Document Library) and send it to Human Resources. Coverage can be cancelled at any time.
Health Savings Account (HSA): A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-exempt trust or custodial account you set up with a qualified HSA trustee to pay or reimburse certain medical expenses you incur. You must be an eligible individual to qualify for an HSA. No permission or authorization from the IRS is necessary to establish an HSA (IRS Publication 969). FPS partners with Fremont National Bank (FNB) to manage this option for our employees. If you enroll in the high-deductible, HSA-eligible health insurance plan, you may be eligible for an HSA. Please contact a FNB personal banker to discuss why an HSA may be a good choice for you.
Sun Life Insurance: All certified employees (regardless of BCBS enrollment) and eligible classified employees are provided a $10,000 life insurance policy through Sun Life at no charge to the employee.
Short Term Disability Insurance: The district works with outside providers to offer employees short term disability plans to purchase. What is short term disability insurance? Short Term Disability insurance pays a percentage of your salary if you become temporarily disabled or unable to work for a short period of time due to sickness, injury, or childbirth. (This excludes on-the-job injuries, which are covered by workers compensation insurance.)
Long Term Disability Insurance: All certified employees and eligible classified employees qualify for a long term disability policy through Sun Life. LTD is an insurance policy that covers a portion of an employee’s income if the employee has become injured or seriously ill. Normally, LTD policies kick in after short term disability policies have run out. The Sun Life policy FPS offers kicks in after a 90 day waiting period.
Retirement: Employees who work twenty or more hours per week are automatically members of NPERS (Nebraska Public Employees Retirement System). A state-mandated percentage is deducted from each check to contribute to the defined benefit plan.
Travelers Identity Fraud: Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the country today. The FPS District has purchased an Identity Fraud Expense Reimbursement policy from Travelers Bond & Financial Products in order to provide you, your spouse, qualified domestic partner, children under 18, and parents with this valuable coverage. The coverage limit is $10,000 and can help identity theft victims with expenses related to lost wages and other fees related to identity theft.
Flexible Spending Accounts: A flexible spending account (FSA) is a special account you put money into that you use to pay for certain out-of-pocket health or dependent care costs. You don’t pay taxes on this money. You will need complete an online enrollment by the August deadling each year if you want to participate. Information is shared during open enrollment about the health and dependent care plans.
Colonial Cancer Insurance: Colonial Life offers a cancer coverage insurance plan that can provide assistance with expenses related to a cancer diagnosis. Eligible employees may enroll each year during open enrollment.
AFLAC: FPS works with AFLAC to offer pre-tax, voluntary benefits to our employees. Several plans are offered such as Cancer, Hospitalization, Accident Insurance policies, and more. Employees may enroll during open enrollment every fall.
Vision Insurance: Employees who work twenty or more hours a week are eligible to enroll in the VSP Vision Insurance plan during open enrollment or at the time of their hire.
YMCA Payroll Deduction: You may have your YMCA membership fees set up as a payroll deduction or bank withdrawal. The YMCA waives the registration fee for all FPS employees, so be sure to let them know you’re a Tiger!
Voluntary Life Insurance:
Twelve-month employees that work an average of 35 hours per week and work (or take vacation) the regular working day before and the regular working day after the holiday will receive pay for the following holidays:
New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Fourth of July
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve Day
10 1/2 month office associates will receive pay for the following holidays only:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Family Changes (Marriage, Divorce, Childbirth, Adoption, Custody arrangements, Death, etc.)
If your family has changed you may need to update your paperwork with the HR office. Family changes may result in the following:
- Special enrollment period for health/dental insurance to change coverage or dependents
- Changing beneficiaries on insurance policies
- Name Changes
- Banking Changes
- Tax Changes
See the HR document library for name change forms, beneficiary change forms, or insurance information. Please also contact the HR office so we can be sure you have everything you need.
If you have been out for 3 or more consecutive days for an illness that you think might qualify for FMLA, please contact the Human Resources office. The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) is a federal law that guarantees eligible employees up to 12 work weeks of unpaid leave each year with no threat of job loss.
Contact the HR office with questions regarding leave. If you know you will be out for a reason you think may qualify for FMLA, contact us right away. It is best to complete all paperwork prior to your absence whenever possible.
The FPS grievance procedure is explained in detail in the employee handbooks which can be found in the Form & Document Library. Please review your handbook and reach out to the HR office with any additional questions or concerns.
The Payroll office is a subsection of the FPS Business Office and can be reached at 727-3010.
The District pay period runs from the 1st-end of every month with payday on the 20th of the following month. In the event that the 20th falls on a holiday or weekend, employees will be paid the nearest prior business day.
See the HR Documents Library for Payroll forms such as the direct deposit form and a link to the current W-4.
Time sheets may be obtained from the administrative office at each building or from the payroll office.
All employees working twenty or more hours a week are required to contribute to the Nebraska Public Employees Retirement System (NPERS). For more information on NPERS, visit the NPERS Website.
The District encourages all participants to understand their retirement benefits by attending workshops that are held periodically each year. Notices will be sent to all employees when those workshops are scheduled.
If you are nearing retirement, please contact NPERS with questions regarding your benefit.
All teachers are required to have a current teaching certificate on file in the HR office by August 31st each year (earlier if possible). Teachers are not allowed to teach with an expired certificate. When you receive your updated certificate, please send a copy (front and back) to the HR office. We do our best to notify teachers when a certificate is about to expire. However, it is the teacher’s responsibility to ensure their certificate is always current.
*Please be sure you have your own copy of your certificate prior to sending to the HR office.
Updating Contact Information
It’s important the HR office is aware of changes in your contact information. This affects notifications for inclement weather, where tax documents are sent, and more. Please inform the HR office of any of the following personal changes:
- Name Change
- Address Change
- Phone Number Change
- Emergency Contact Change
- Marital Status Change
Certified Employee Salary Advancement
Certified staff: If you have taken graduate courses and want them considered for salary advancement, all official transcripts must be in the HR office no later than the first Friday in September. If you have your document, please send it in as soon as possible. Unofficial transcripts and grade slips may be accepted if the course was taken later in the year and transcript is not available yet.
See the Certified Employee Handbook and the Negotiated Agreement regarding salary advancement. Continuing education must be:
- Graduate level coursework
- Related to the field of education or an endorsement area
- From an accredited institution for higher learning