Montana State University-Northern
Human Resources

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Human Resources
P.O. Box 7751
Havre, MT 59501-7751

Cowan Hall 208

Benefits Information for CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEES

For new employees, vacation hours are available for use after 6 months, with supervisor approval. There are four levels of vacation accrual based on years of service:
      10 hours/month 1-10 years
      12 hours/month 10-15 years
      14 hours/month 15-20 years
      16 hours/month over 20 years

Balance can be double what you earn in a calendar year, if you have excess vacation at the end of a calendar year, you must use it by March 31st of the following year. Upon leaving MSUN, vacation is paid out for all of the available leave balance. Employees who are less than full time - See AFSCME contract.

Sick Leave

Classified employees earn 8 hours per month. For new employees, sick leave available for use after 90 days, with supervisor approval. Sick leave can be used for the employee and the employee’s immediate family. There is no limit on accumulated balance. Upon leaving MSUN, sick leave is paid out for ¼ of available leave balance. Employees who are less than full time – See AFSCME contract.


MSU-Northern Holidays
Follows applicable Board of Regents policies (Policies 708.1.1, 801.5).


Monthly payroll.
Payday is on the 11th of each month, unless that date is a weekend, then it’s the Friday before. See the Payroll Schedule.

Insurance Plan

Employer contributes dollar amount and employee selects the options that best fit their situation.
        Allegiance Traditional Plan
        Allegiance Managed Care Plan
        Blue Cross Managed Care Plan
        Pacific Source Managed Care
  Dental-Required, Delta Dental
  Basic Life Insurance-Required
  Long Term Disability-Required
  Vision Coverage-Optional
  Accidental Death & Dismemberment-Optional
Total of these options less the Employer Contribution is the Before Tax Cost to the Employee.
  Flex Plan-Optional-Before Tax Cost
    Can contribute toward: Medical Care Reimbursement Plan or
    Dependent Care Reimbursement Plan
  Supplemental Life Insurance-Optional-After Tax Cost
  Dependent Life Insurance-Optional-After Tax Cost


Classified staff participate in the Montana Public Employees Retirement System (MPERS).
Employee contributes 7.9% of gross pay.
Employer contributes 7.1% of gross pay.
Employee has option between:
   Defined Benefit—Retirement based on pay for final three years of work.
   Defined Contribution—Allows employee to select the allocation of their investments.

Union and Dues

Classified staff are members of AFSCME. Dues are $38.60 per month, paid 12 months of the year. Dues are prorated for employees who are less than full time.

Tuition Waivers

Classified staff can receive a waiver of tuition fees for any university system classes taken while employed at MSUN. The tuition waiver is for up to 6 credit hours per semester. Forms are available online, in the Human Resources Office or in Business Services.