Employee Benefits
Employee Benefits
Employee Benefits

We are incredibly proud of the employee benefits we offer. The list below is not a complete description of the benefits package, please contact our Human Resources Department for a fuller description.




AHC Specialty Clinic offers a benefits program for its regular full-time employee only.  However, the existence of these programs does not signify that an employee will necessarily be employed for the required time necessary to qualify for the benefits included in and administered through these programs.


Effective After 60 Days of Work   


Health, Dental, Life, Short Term Disability (STD) and Long Term Disability (LTD) Insurance Coverage

All eligible full-time and part-time employees who elect coverage will be awarded a set amount by the company per month and for which will be applied to the cost of their insurance premium.  Eligibility begins after the 60th day of employment. The cost of premiums that exceed the set amount awarded by the company will be deducted from the employee’s paycheck accordingly.

For a more detailed explanation of your rights and coverage, refer to your New Hire Packet or discuss this with the Insurance Broker representing AHC Specialty Clinic Benefits, type of plan offered and amounts contributed/paid by AHC Specialty Clinic subject to change with reasonable notice.

Retirement Plan

A 401K retirement plan is available at the employee’s discretion.  Eligibility begins after the one year of employment during open enrollment. The employee may contribute a percentage of their gross salary to their 401k and the company will match the employees elected amount up to 4% of their gross salary.


Full-time employees are entitled to the following holidays with pay after 90 days.


                                                                      New Years Day                                 Labor Day

                                                                      Memorial Day                                  Thanksgiving Day

                                                                     Independence Day                         Christmas Day

If a recognized holiday falls on a Saturday, it will be observed on the Friday before the Holiday.  If a recognized holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on the following Monday.  Paid time off for holidays will not be counted as hours worked for the purposes of determining overtime.

AHC Specialty Clinic is open on Christmas Eve, New Years Eve, the Friday after Thanksgiving.

If an employee receives paid time off for a recognized holiday and resigns or is terminated prior to six months of continuous employment, the holiday paid time off for which the employee was paid will be deducted from the employee’s final paycheck.

Part-time employees will receive no holiday pay or benefits

Unauthorized absence on the business day either before or after a holiday will cancel pay for that holiday.

Employees on leave of absence during a holiday will not be granted holiday pay.


 Pregnancy and Maternity Leave

Pregnancy leave of absence will be granted upon written request of your physician, and only for the period of time required.  The employee may use accumulated paid time off during this leave of absence or take the time off without pay.

Maternity leave of absence will be granted upon request by the employee for the birth of their child.  The employee may be the mother or the father of the child.  The employee may use accumulated paid time off during this leave of absence or take the time off without pay.  Employee will continue to accrue PTO, as normal, during a pregnancy or maternity leave of absence that may be used upon return to work.  However, if the employee does not return to work after a pregnancy or maternity leave of absence, all PTO accrued during the leave of absence will be forfeited.  If extenuating circumstances occur, management will review the individual situation and reserves the right to modify the application of this policy.


 Effective After 90 Days of Work


Paid Time Off

Paid Time Off is earned on an incremental basis beginning when the employee becomes an Athens Heart Center full time employee.  (Full time being defined as 32+ hours) After that, paid time off can be used as it accrues in 8-hour increments.  Salaried employees who have signed a contract with AHC Specialty Clinic may be excluded from this waiting period.  Please refer to your individual contract for clarification.

Paid Time Off must receive approval of the Office Scheduler or Practice Administrator at least forty-eight (48) hours prior to the time requested.  Paid Time Off requested by an employee will also be scheduled at the convenience of the AHC Specialty Clinic on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Paid Time Off (PTO) is accrued on the following basis:

Year 1 and 2 = (2 weeks) 80 hours per year accrued rate of 0.038 hr/per hr worked.

Years 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 = (3 weeks) 120 hours per year accrued rate of 0.057 hr/per hr worked

Year 10 and beyond = (4 weeks) 160 hours per year accrued rate of 0.078 hr/per hr worked

The ceiling of PTO is 4 weeks.  The maximum consecutive weeks allowed off are 2 weeks.

Paid time off from work time of regular [part-time] employees will be earned on a fractional basis.  Fractional time off from workweeks will correspond to the average number of hours worked during the preceding year.

Accrued paid time off may not be carried over from one (1) anniversary year to another.  However, during the months of November and December, any unused paid time off may be turned back into AHC Specialty Clinic and the employee will be paid earnings for 50% of the paid time off. Paid time off cannot be used towards the accumulation of overtime for any workweek.

It is the policy of AHC Specialty Clinic that accrued paid time off may not be used after the employee has turned in a notice of resignation or the Employer has given a notice of termination.

The AHC Specialty Clinic provides for Worker’s Compensation coverage for their employees.

Any accident or injury sustained while working should be reported immediately to the Practice Administrator.  If these incident reports are not made within the specified time limits, coverage may not be provided.

 Cobra Benefits

The Federal Consolidated Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives employees and their qualified beneficiaries the opportunity to continue health insurance coverage under the AHC Specialty Clinic’s health plan when a “qualifying event” would normally result in the loss of eligibility.

Some common qualifying events are resignation, termination of employment, or death of an employee; a reduction in an employee’s hours or leave of absence, divorce or legal separation and a dependent child no longer meeting eligibility requirements.

Under COBRA, the employee or beneficiary pays the full cost of coverage at AHC Specialty Clinic’s group rates plus an administration fee.  AHC Specialty Clinic provides each eligible employee with a written notice describing rights granted under COBRA when the employee becomes eligible for coverage under AHC Specialty Clinic’s health insurance plan.  The notice contains important information about the employee's rights and obligations.