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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revised 01/24/14