The Suffolk County Municipal Employees
Benefit Fund is a legal entity established as a result of collective bargaining
between the Union representing county employees, and the County of Suffolk. The
Fund's duties are to provide health, welfare and other benefits to its members
and other participants eligible for benefits. The Benefit Fund is the parent
body of the Legal Services Fund and directly finances its administrative and
benefit costs. Contributions to the Fund are predicated on amounts stipulated in
the Collective Bargaining Agreements and other agreements.
The source of contributions to the Fund is the employer, such as the County of Suffolk and other municipalities. Contributions are provided at an annual rate, prorated bi-monthly, on behalf of each covered employee. In accordance with the Agreement and Declaration of Trust and the various governing agreements, the contributions are used to provide benefits for the covered employee and eligible dependents and to finance the cost of administration. The Fund has no requirement that employees contribute in order to become eligible for its benefits. In addition to the Agreement and Declaration of Trust and other agreements governing the operation of the Fund, the Fund is subject to a large body of statutory law designed to protect the beneficiaries of the Fund. Under this body of law and under the various agreements, the Fund is mandated to submit its books to audit by certified public accountants. Copies of the Fund’s annual reports are reviewed by the Association of Municipal Employees and the County of Suffolk. All of the benefits provided by the Fund are self-insured and, as a result, the Fund maintains benefit accounts at various banks and investments in other institutions.
The Funds are governed by a joint Board of Trustees comprised of eight members, four of whom are designated by the Union, and four of whom are designated by the County, according to the Agreement and Declaration of Trust by which the Funds were created.
The Board of Trustees employ personnel who are responsible for the daily functioning and operation of the Fund, foremost of which is the processing of claims.
The Fund Administrator is officially designated as agent for service of legal process on the Fund.
All decisions of the administrator and the staff are subject to appeal in writing to the Board of Trustees.
Office Holidays/Office Openings and Closings for 2014
Wednesday, January 1st New Year’s Day CLOSED
Monday and Tuesday, December 30 & 31, 2013 –
Open early and late 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for end of the year claims deadline
Monday, January 20th Martin Luther King Jr. CLOSED
Friday, January 17th – Office Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 12th Lincoln’s Birthday OPEN
Office Open 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Monday, February 17th President's Day CLOSED
Friday, February 14th – Office Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, May 26th Memorial Day CLOSED
Friday, May 23rd – Office Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, July 4th Independence Day CLOSED
Thursday, July 3rd – Office Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, September 1st Labor Day CLOSED
Friday, August 29th – Office Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, October 13th Columbus Day CLOSED
Friday, October 10th – Office Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 4th Election Day OPEN
Office Open 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 11th Veterans’ Day CLOSED
Monday, November 10th – Office Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 27th Thanksgiving Day CLOSED
Wednesday, November 26th – Office Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, November 28th Day after Thanksgiving CLOSED
Wednesday, December 24th Christmas Eve CLOSED
Tuesday, December 23rd – Office Open 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 25th Christmas CLOSED