Children's of Alabama Employee Benefits

Working with children is perhaps the greatest benefit of working at Children’s of Alabama. After all, it was the children who brought many of us here in the first place. They are the center of our life and they’re also central to the values that bind us together—emotionally, intellectually, spiritually.

As Alabama’s foremost not-for-profit pediatric health care provider, we can offer you all the challenges and opportunities for development you desire—as well as competitive pay, comprehensive benefits and a special sense of community that values every individual and rewards dedication and excellence. That’s why we provide both traditional workplace benefits and new, innovative benefits that are based on the values that have been vital to the spirit of our hospital for over 100 years.

Trust. Compassion. Teamwork. Commitment. Innovation. The five values that are The Children’s Way. The five values that are intangible benefits that make this a workplace like no other!

Regular employees scheduled to work 20+ hours per week are eligible for the following benefits.

Children’s offers three health plans: Viva Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Blue Cross Blue Shield Consumer Driven with a Health Savings Account. None of our health plans requires a Primary Care referral to see a specialist physician. We pay a significant portion of the monthly premiums.

Children’s offers a Blue Cross Blue Shield Basic Dental plan and a Blue Cross Blue Shield Buy-Up Option.

Children's offers a VSP Vision Plan or EyeMed Vision Plan.

Children’s offers a Health Care Spending Account and a Dependent Care Spending Account. Employees may contribute pre-tax dollars to these accounts to cover qualified expenses that are usually paid out-of-pocket with after-tax dollars. Because employees do not pay Federal, State Income, or Social Security taxes on the money contributed to these accounts, their bring home pay is usually higher.

Click on each section to learn about the additional benefits we offer to eligible employees

Basic Term Life Insurance

Children’s provides all benefit eligible employees basic term life insurance equal to 2 times their base salary, up to $50,000. Employees may also purchase additional term life insurance at affordable group rates. Employee Supplemental Life, Spouse Life, and Dependent Life insurance options are available.

401k Plan

Children’s offers a 401k plan with a generous match of $.50 on the dollar up to 14% of your contributed salary. Participating employees choose from a wider variety of investment options offered through Fidelity Investments. A ROTH401(k) feature will give you another choice hon how to save for your retirement. ROTH includes the potential to earn income, tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawals (provided certain requirements are met). Fidelity Investments even offers a family of funds that you don’t have to manage!

Long-Term Disability

For qualifying disabling illness or injuries that prevent you from working 90 calendar days or more, the LTD plan will pay a benefits of 60 percent of your base salary. Employees are eligible after 30 days of employment.

Voluntary Short-Term Disability

A voluntary Employee Paid STD plan coordinates with your EIB accrual to alleviate any gap in coverage when you experience a qualifying non-work related disability.

Supplemental Whole Life Insurance

In addition to providing death benefits to your designated beneficiaries, this life insurance also builds cash value that can be utilized while you are still living.

Long-Term Care Insurance

Offered by an independent broker that specializes in long-term care insurance and represents multiple brand name carriers.

Workman’s Compensation

Children’s offers insurance providing possible wage and medical benefits to employees injured in the course of employment.

Voluntary Insurance Options

Critical Illness, Accident and Hospital Indemnity insurance can help supplement major medical coverage by helping you pay the direct and indirect costs associated with a critical illness or event.

Family Medical Leave

Children’s offers family medical leave in accordance with the Family Medical Leave Act.

Medical Leave of Absence

Children's provides one unpaid, unprotected leave of up to 6 weeks during any rolling 12-month period to eligible employees.

Paid Time Off

The Children’s Paid Time Off (PTO) bank combines vacation, holiday, personal and short-term sick time into one flexible plan that is accrued based on hours worked. The PTO plan is flexible because it allows you to schedule time off away from work when it is important to you. The PTO plan also provides options such as Annual PTO Selling and PTO Donation.

PTO Advance

Allows new hires and newly benefit eligible employees to access up to 40 hours of PTO in advance.  This will allow eligible employees to be paid for time off, even if they have not already accrued sufficient hours.

Extended Illness Benefit

Children’s provides an Extended Illness Benefit to meet pay continuation needs during absences due to serious illness or maternity leave. Employees begin accruing EIB on their first day of employment. EIB can be taken for your own illness/maternity leave or the illness of your spouse, children or parents.

Additional Time Off Options

You will receive paid leave for bereavement and any required jury duty or witness duty service. You may use your PTO bank hours for inactive military leave or field training. Active duty will be paid subject to the Uniformed Services Employment Rights Act. 

Healthy Strides

All benefit-eligible employees will have an opportunity to participate in Healthy Strides, a points-based incentive program designed to reward your healthy behaviors. The more you take part in healthy activities and events, the more you can earn.

Onsite Massage Therapy

A licensed Massage Therapist is on campus weekly to provide employees discounted seated massage.

Fitness Discounts

Children’s is able to offer an employee discount with a wide variety of local fitness facilities.

Lunch and Learn

Each year, employees may attend informative Lunch and Learn sessions covering health topics.

Employee Health Screenings

All employees are eligible for various health and biometric screenings. All employees may receive annual flu and TB vaccinations at no charge.

Free Programs

Employees can participate free of charge in a number of programs including Smoking Cessation and Disease Management.


GOTZOOM is a program designed to assist employees and/or their family members with Federal Student Loan debt.

Developmental Classes

Children’s Organizational Development team serves as a system-wide resource for the educational and development activities that promote excellence in performance and service.

Tuition Reimbursement

Children’s of Alabama will provide tuition reimbursement to both part-time benefit eligible and full-time employees after one year of service. 

Tuition Assistance

Children’s of Alabama will provide tuition assistance to employees who are pursuing targeted degree programs that are in high demand and meet the criteria set out in the guidelines. The tuition will be paid upfront directly to the educational institution for tuition, fees and books related directly to the clinical degree program. 

Adoption Assistance

Regular, benefit eligible employees who have completed six (6) months of employment are eligible to participate in the program. Eligible employees may receive up to $5,000 per adoption or up to $7,000 per adoption if the child has special needs. Eligible employees may apply for reimbursements for up to 2 children.

Near & Dear Onsite Childcare

Near & Dear is an on-site center for children of Children’s employees. Located on Children’s campus, the center provides emergency back-up child care and mildly ill childcare for children ages 3 months to 12 years. The center is also available daily for new parents with infants ages 6 weeks to 3 months.

On-site Lactation Center

Children’s is very proud to offer lactation benefits to parents. The center provides: a relaxing atmosphere, pump equipment and supplies, and a resource center for families.

Flexible Scheduling where available

Employee Assistance Program

Confidential assistance with: Family and Marital Issues, Alcohol/Drug Dependency, Stress related issues, Financial difficulties, Mental/Emotional Issues and Child care and Elder care counseling.

Banking Services

Many local banks offer discounted or free checking accounts to Children’s employees.

Employee Discounts

Employees are eligible for many discounts. Currently, employees may purchase discounted Birmingham Broadway series tickets, and Six Flags admission tickets. Also, employees are eligible for discounts in the Hospital gift shop and cafeterias.

Identity Theft Shield

Children’s offers an ID protection plan that provides for continuous credit report monitoring and identity restoration to correct damages caused by identity theft.

Employee Emergency Fund

Children’s provides the opportunity for transitional support to affected staff as they deal with the hardships and emergent needs from unforeseen circumstances and situations like natural disasters, fire, illness or injury. 

*Please note: This summary is intended to provide an overview of the benefits provided for benefit eligible Children’s of Alabama employees. If a discrepancy exists between this summary and the actual plan documents, the plan documents shall apply.