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.

Staff

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.

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Suffolk County Municipal Employees Benefit Fund

Office Holidays/Office Openings and Closings for 2015

 

 

Thursday, January  1st               New Year’s Day                            CLOSED

Tuesday and Wednesday, December 30 & 31, 2014 –

Extended hours 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. for final 2013 claims deadline

           

Monday, January 19th                Martin Luther King Jr.             CLOSED

            Friday, January 16th – Office Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

           

Thursday, February 12th           LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY            OPEN           

             Office Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Monday, February 16th              President's Day                            CLOSED

            Friday, February 13th – Office Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Monday, May 25th                        Memorial Day                               CLOSED

            Friday, May 22nd – Office Open 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Friday, July   3rd                           Independence Day                      CLOSED

            Thursday, July 2nd – Office Open 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Monday, September 7th             Labor Day                                       CLOSED

            Friday, September 4th – Office Open 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

Monday, October  12th                Columbus Day                              CLOSED

            Friday, October 9th – Office Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Tuesday, November 3rd             ELECTION DAY                            OPEN

             Office Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday, November 11th     Veterans’ Day                                CLOSED

            Tuesday, November 10th – Office Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, November 26th        Thanksgiving Day                         CLOSED

Friday, November 27th               Day after Thanksgiving             CLOSED

            Wednesday, November 25th – Office Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Thursday, December  24th        Christmas Eve                                CLOSED

Friday, December  25th              Christmas Day                                CLOSED

            Wednesday, December 23rd – Office Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

Friday, January 1, 2015              New Year’s Day                              CLOSED

            Thursday, December 31st – Office Open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revised 12/29/14