Learn about the benefits of working at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab






The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab provides an outstanding professional environment and the professional satisfactions of being the best. In addition we also offer some of the most competitive benefits in the field.

Time Away From Work

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab is committed to offering a variety of time-off benefits that allow employees both income protection in the event of sickness or injury and the ability to maintain a positive work-life balance.


Vacation begins accruing with the first paycheck after hire and continues to accrue to a maximum balance of 240 hours. The accrual rate for part-time employees is prorated and based upon the number of hours the employee works per pay period. Employees are eligible to use accrued vacation time after 90 days of employment.

Holidays and Personal Days

We offer employees paid holidays for the following: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and up to three personal days. Holiday time is prorated for part-time employees. You may use personal time after 90 days of employment.

Sick Pay

You will accrue sick time at a rate of 3.08 hours per pay period with the maximum accrual of 720 hours for exempt employees and 360 hours for non-exempt employees. Accrual of sick time for part-time employees is prorated and based on the number of hours worked per pay period. You may use accrued sick time after 90 days of employment.

Extended Sick Pay Bank hours accrue at a rate of 3.08 hours per pay period. Maximum accrual is 240 hours. The Extended Sick Pay Bank provides 60% of an employee’s base compensation in the event of the employee’s own illness or injury. Sick Bank is used for time that is medically necessary as certified by a physician. Its usage must be approved by Human Resources and is paid after sick and vacation days are depleted. Employees are eligible for Sick Pay Bank after 90 days of employment.

Employee Assistance Plan (EAP)

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab provides a confidential Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through Reliance Standard and administered by ACI Specialty Benefits to all benefits eligible employees and their dependents.

Ability Assist EAP

Ability Assist provides professional, confidential assistance to employees, spouses and their dependents managing every day issues such as job pressures, relationships, retirement planning, or finding child care or elder care, along with an online Legal Resource Center.  Simply call 1-855-RSL-HELP (1-855-775-4357).

Bereavement Assist

Bereavement Assist helps employees cope with the emotional, financial, and legal issues that can arise after a loss of a loved one. Benefits include unlimited contact for grief counseling, financial planning and legal information through ACI Specialty Benefits.  Simply call 1-855-RSL-HELP (1-855-775-4357)

Travel Assist EAP

The Travel Assist program provides three kinds of services for your vacation travels—pre-trip information, emergency medical assistance and emergency personal services. Information and assistance ranges from travel advisories, embassy and consular referrals and immunization requirements to repatriation and medical evacuation. From the US, call: 1-800-456-3893. From other locations, call collect: 603-328-1966.

Health Insurance Benefits


Medical Insurance

AbilityLab is committed to offering a variety of medical benefits that provide generous coverage for both employees and their covered dependents. The plans are designed to allow employees to tailor their coverage levels to both individual and family needs, plan structure preference and monthly financial planning. AbilityLab offers medical plan choices for our employees from one of the largest and most trusted insurance providers in the country – Blue Cross Blue Shield.  Employees can choose from a PPO medical plan, HMOI, and a High Deductible Health Plan with Health Savings Account.  We strive to offer flexible and competitive benefits in the local marketplace at an affordable price, and realize the importance of having peace of mind that your coverage is accessible when you need it.

Dental Insurance

As part of the comprehensive health insurance coverage offered to employees and their families, AbilityLab offers dental benefits through either BlueCare PPO or Guardian/First Commonwealth DHMO. Similar to the medical plan options, the two dental plans provide employees the opportunity to select between PPO and HMO plan structures. Employees can enroll in either dental plan, without respect to their choice of medical plans, thus allowing the greatest amount of flexibility for employees to tailor their coverage levels to both individual and family needs, plan structure preference, and monthly financial planning.

Vision Insurance

In addition to the complementary vision discounts employees are eligible to utilize through their respective medical insurance plans, we offer employees the additional opportunity to enroll in dedicated vision insurance coverage. This insurance provides members optometry coverage and discounts for vision services including eye exams, frames and eye glass lenses and contacts at both national chains and local providers.

Income Protection and Life Insurance


AbilityLab realizes the importance of providing employees a perpetual level of income protection in the event they suffer an unforeseen sickness or injury. As such, AbilityLab automatically enrolls all benefits eligible employees in Long-Term Disability (LTD) coverage, with the premiums paid courtesy of AbilityLab. LTD provides employees income replacement in the event that they become sick or injured and are unable to work.

We realizes the importance of having peace of mind that your family is protected in the event of an unforeseen event or loss. As such, AbilityLab provides all benefits eligible employees group life insurance coverage after 90 days of employment. This group term life and AD&D insurance is administered by Reliance Standard, and provides a policy value equal to 1.5 times your total annual compensation, to a maximum of $200,000.

Upon hire, employees must initially designate primary and contingent beneficiaries for this coverage, and you may change your beneficiaries by visiting the Human Resources Department. AbilityLab employees are automatically enrolled in this coverage. There are no payroll deductions and you’ll never see a premium invoice. However, the IRS mandates that all group term life insurance policies above $50,000 be added as imputed income on annual W2 tax documentation. AbilityLab tracks the additional amounts on a monthly basis and adjusts the year-end W2.

401(k) PLAN


We offer a 401(k) plan that features both an AbilityLab contribution and an employer match on your retirement savings. AbilityLab intends to make contributions to the Plan in an amount equal to 3% of your eligible earnings—regardless of whether you save in the 401(k) Plan on your own. If you decide to make your own contributions in addition to the 3% described above, we intend to contribute a match of $0.50 for every $1 you save in the 401(k) Plan, up to the first 6% of your eligible earnings. When you contribute to the 401(k) Plan on your own, you can do so through pre-tax or post-tax contributions.

When You are Eligible

You may enroll and begin salary deferrals on the 1st of the month following 90 days of employment. You must have at least one year of employment and 1,000 hours of service during the calendar year to be eligible for the Employer Match and Employer Company Contribution.  Once eligible, you’ll receive the 3% employer contribution AbilityLab intends to make for every calendar year during which you work at least 1,000 hours.

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