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HR Employee Benefits

Regina Oliphant
Benefits Specialist

The Benefits section of the Human Resources Department is responsible for analyzing a wide spectrum of benefit programs including medical and dental, basic and supplemental life insurance, supplemental health, accident, and short and long-term disability plans and deferred compensation.  The Benefits Specialist serves as liaison between the insurance companies and employees, notifying insurance providers of employee changes and assisting employees with insurance questions and problems.  Existing benefit policies and prevailing practices are analyzed on a regular basis.  Services, coverages, and options available through insurance providers are researched and evaluated.  Recommendations for benefit plan changes are made to management.  The Benefits Specialist also serves as a member of the City Insurance Committee.

Communication for purposes of educating employees about their benefit coverage is provided through a variety of methods, including insurance informational booklets, monthly employee newsletter articles, and informational meetings.  Monthly insurance billings are processed through this function.

Orientation of new, full-time employees includes explanation of benefits and enrollment in health/dental and life insurance.  These responsibilities are performed primarily by the Benefits Specialist.  Additionally, this area must monitor and insure compliance with all federal and state guidelines and regulations relating to the insurance industry.

The City of Norman offers a wide variety of comprehensive programs to benefit eligible employees.