BJC HealthCare, the largest employer in the St. Louis area, is changing employee benefits in an apparent effort to cut costs.
Effective May 3, BJC employees will need to work at least 24 hours per week to be eligible for a variety of benefits, including paid-time off, disability and tuition and adoption benefits. Previously, the minimum workload for such benefits was 15 hours per week.
Other changes include a minimum year of service before employees receive tuition benefits; the end of another education savings program; and the implementation of a “use it or lose it” policy for some time off.
Operating income has been declining for the health care system, which employs about 25,000 people in the St. Louis area. Operating income fell 11 percent, to $146 million, in the year ended Dec. 31, 2013, the latest year for which figures were available.