opens in a new windowEmployee Assistance Program (EAP)

BOCES has long recognized that today’s employees face enormous social and economic changes and pressures that affect both their home and work life. Traditionally, Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services have been clinical in nature, offering counseling for a wide range of problems and conditions. Our designated EAP (Employee Services), offers these core services as well as a diverse menu of work life consultations and referrals designed to save you time and energy in responding to both the challenges of your home and work life. A variety of confidential support services are available for work situations, family issues, financial concerns, personal wellness, healthy relationships and legal issues.

This benefit is provided by our Board of Education to all full-time employees, as well as anyone living in their households at no cost to the employee.

(800) 252-4555opens phone dialer 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Health Insurance

The District makes comprehensive health insurance coverage available for all full-time employees. Detailed information is available online and in separate benefit booklets, contracts, and individual bargaining unit agreements. You may also contact Denise Bray, Denise_Bray@caboces.orgcreate new email, for further information or you may go opens in a new windowonline here.

Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Consistent with the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, the Board of Education recognizes the right of eligible employees to unpaid family and medical leave for up to twelve weeks during a 12-month period as determined by BOCES. The 12-month period is computed according to a rolling 12-month period that is measured backward from the date an employee uses any FMLA leave.

To be eligible, employees must work at least 1,250 hours in the preceding twelve months prior to application. Employees requesting such leave should inquire through the Human Resources Department. The Board has a right to thirty days advance notice from the employee where practicable.

Board policy requires employees to use any available paid leave, and such paid leave runs concurrent with the twelve weeks maximum leave.

For additional information regarding FMLA please contact Colleen Jimerson at (716) 376-8255opens phone dialer or Colleen_Jimerson@caboces.orgcreate new email
or contact Peter Ebert HR Department at (716)376-8201opens phone dialer or peter_ebert@caboces.orgcreate new email.

Worker’s Compensation

All employees are covered by Workers’ Compensation Insurance. Any on-the-job injury must be reported to your supervisor and an accident report form completed within 24 hours of the incident. If you are assigned to work at one of our component schools, you must report the incident to the component school, as well as your BOCES supervisor. Employees have an obligation to work safely and observe safe work practices.

The Work Related Accident/Injury Report form can be found on the CA-BOCES Forms link from the main CA BOCES web page.

Deferred Compensation Opportunities

As an employee of BOCES you are eligible to make contributions to supplement your retirement income through payroll deductions on a pre-tax basis. Tax favored investments in which employees of a qualified organization can set aside money for retirement include, the New York State Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP) under IRS code 457 and/or an IRS 403b Plan arranged through an independent, qualified agent or broker. Both plans are voluntary retirement savings programs.

For 403(b) information, please go to opens in a new For 457(b) information, please go to or call (800) 422-8463 x42612opens phone dialer.

Flex Plan (IRS 125)

Full-time employees are eligible to participate in our opens in a new windowFlexible Benefits Programopens PDF file . The program allows the employee to set aside pre-tax dollars to use for unreimbursed medical and dependent care expenses.

An open enrollment period takes place in September each year. Contact the Human Resources Department to see if you are eligible to participate in the program.