The Emergency Fund

The Emergency Fund is designed to provide limited financial assistance to eligible employees who are experiencing economic hardship due to certain emergency situations.

Situations should be short-term or temporary in nature, and not chronic. Employees will be referred to an appropriate source (i.e., community agency, Consumer Credit Counseling Service, etc.) if their situations do not apply here.

Examples of situations eligible for consideration under this fund include but are not limited to: personal or family crisis involving an emergency financial need; unexpected medical or funeral expenses which exceed insurance provisions resulting in economic hardship; or an uninsured loss due to fire or natural disaster resulting in economic hardship

A small committee of employees from Ensign-affiliated entities (the “Disbursement Committee”) will review the request and make a determination within one week, depending on the circumstances. The employee and the Executive Director of the operation will be notified of the decision. Personally identifiable information for all requests will be kept confidential, but general information about the grant may be shared with employees of Ensign-affiliated entities to show how funds are being distributed.

Grants made by the fund will be treated as taxable income to the recipient and be subject to applicable payroll tax withholdings.

Eligible employees may apply twice in a calendar year. The total maximum amount allowed is

$10,000.00, subject to availability of funds and the discretion of the Disbursement Committee, but the average grant is $1,000.00. The maximum amount may be increased given extenuating circumstances or if additional funds become available.

A Grant can be approved partially or in-full, depending on the situation and at the discretion of the Disbursement Committee. Employees of Ensign-affiliated entities who receive a grant are not required to pay back a grant. However, grant recipients are encouraged to do so as they are able in order to help replenish the fund for future requests.

The Emergency Fund is primarily funded through voluntary donations from employees of the affiliates of The Ensign Group, Inc., and a monthly contribution from Ensign Services, Inc.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current employees must have completed 6 months of service
  • Employees can be Full-time or part-time, exempt or non-exempt
  • Retirees (must have been retired for six months or less)
  • Former employees (must have been separated from employment for six months or less and in good standing upon termination)
  • Surviving dependents or family members of an eligible employee (if death occurred within a time frame of six months or less)

How to Apply

  1. Request and complete a grant application from your Executive Director or Payroll/HR Rep. You can also obtain an application at theemergencyfund.net or by contacting the Service Center Human Resources Department at (949) 487-9500.
  1. A grant application form must be completed and signed by your Executive Director, Director of Nursing or their designee in order to be considered for financial Follow up documentation or additional information may be requested by the Disbursement Committee upon review of the application, depending on the circumstances.
  1. The completed application and attached documentation, if requested, should be marked “Confidential” and sent by any one of the following methods:

US Mail- Ensign Service Center, Attn: The Emergency Fund Disbursement Committee at 27101 Puerta Real, Suite 450, Mission Viejo, CA 92691;

Email- emergencyfund@ensignservices.net;

  1. The Disbursement Committee will review the application and make a determination within one week upon receiving the In cases of dire emergencies, the Disbursement Committee will make every effort to reach a decision within 72 hours. If additional information is required, the employee or Executive Director will be contacted. Once a decision has been reached, the employee will be notified as soon as possible.
  1. If the application has been approved, a check will be mailed to the grant recipient or their designee as soon as If the application has not been approved, the employee will have the option of appealing the decision, but must do so by contacting the Disbursement Committee within 5 working days upon notification of the decision. If the employee does not respond to the notification within 5 days, the matter will be considered closed.
  1. If the employee chooses to appeal, it is the employee’s responsibility to contact the Disbursement Committee for information on the appeal process and to submit other documentation which would help support the request for financial assistance.
  1. If the Disbursement Committee does not approve the application the second time, then the matter will be closed.

 

For more information please contact The Emergency Fund at (949) 487-9500.