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.
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.