Employee Benefits and Community Service Fair

The annual Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair will be held on Thursday, May 5, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m in the Isle Royale Ballroom in the Memorial Union Building.  Visit more than 30 exhibitors hosting a vast array of service organizations including health and wellness, financial and retirement services, life insurance, real estate, recreation, theater.

The fair is free and open to employees and retirees, spouses, partners and adult dependents. Attendees may register for one of many door prizes.

All employees are welcome.  Up to 1 hour of university release time is available for employees to attend.

For more details and to see a list of vendors and door prizes, visit:  http://goo.gl/forms/bKKqKp3gVO

Congratulations to the UAW Certification Program Graduates

On Friday, a ceremony was held in the Wadsworth Hall Annex to honor the inaugural graduating class of the UAW Certification Program. The ceremony was organized by the UAW Certification Program Committee; Catherine Burns (Human Resources), Amanda Cadwell (UAW Local 5,000 President), Heidi Reid (Human Resources) and Tina Sarazin (UAW Local 5,000 Vice President). Michigan Tech President Glenn Mroz and Gogebic Community College President James Lorenson gave speeches, certificates were distributed to the graduates and cake was served to celebrate.
Listed below are the names of the graduates. Extend a warm wish of congratulations to them on their achievement.
  • Laura Baril—Human Resources
  • Joan Becker— Electrical Engineering
  • Nancy Bykkonen—Human Resources
  • Amanda Cadwell—Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Gina Dunstan— Engineering Fundamentals
  • Laura Harry—Memorial Union
  • Mary Beth Hodges—Vice President for Research Office
  • Taana Kalliainen—Chemical Engineering
  • Katherine Kallio—Public Safety and Police Services
  • Marjorie Lindley—School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
  • Tanya Maki—Human Resources
  • Rose Martell—Center for Pre-College Outreach
  • Shanda Miller—Merchandising Operations
  • Amy Olson—Financial Services and Operations
  • Dawn Pichette—University Marketing and Communications
  • Janey Pindral—International Programs and Services
  • Kim Puuri—Vice President for Research Office
  • Michelle Reed—School of Technology
  • Darlene Saari—Vice President for Research Office
  • Heather Sander—Alumni Relations
  • Lois Sedar—Athletic/Rec Facility Operations
  • Devin Seppala—Van Pelt and Opie Library
  • Mary P. Stevens—Facilities Management
  • Karen Wade—Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Sandra Wheaton—Facilities Management
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Northstar Employee Assistance Program

With the fluctuation in weather from warmth to snow, Northstar EAP has provided us with some helpful tips in dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Please keep in mind that Northstart EAP offers eligible faculty and staff, and their spouses and dependents, eight free counseling sessions per person. Please contact Benefit Services at 906-487-2517should you have any questions about Northstar EAP.

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IMPORTANT – IRS Form 1095C Mailed to Employees

Under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), employers are required to offer affordable health coverage to employees classified as full-time under IRS regulations. This includes employees such as faculty, staff, students, and temporary employees. For 2016, Michigan Tech is required to report on all employees who received an offer of health insurance coverage for 2015 to the IRS. This includes the previously mentioned employees as well as retirees enrolled in Michigan Tech’s health insurance and offers of COBRA. Anyone who received an offer of coverage will be receiving an IRS form 1095C. The forms were mailed on Thursday, March 31, 2016. Please note that these forms are not required to file your 2015 taxes however, you should keep it with your 2015 tax records in case of an audit.

 

If you have any questions regarding your form 1095C, please contact Benefit Services at benefits@mtu.edu or 906-487-2517.

 

Reminder: Flexible Spending Account Claims Deadline

The deadline for employees to submit claims against the 2015 Flexible Spending Account (FSA) is Thursday, March 31. Health care and dependent care claims during the 2015 calendar year are eligible. The claim form can be found at FSA claims.

All medical, dental and optical claims should be processed through your insurance plans before submitting them to your health care reimbursement account. Attach the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) or a claim summary from your insurance plan to the claim form when submitting a claim.

For expenses not processed through insurance, submit the itemized receipt. Over the counter medications require a prescription from a health care provider. Dependent care claims require an invoice or receipt from the provider.

For questions, contact Benefit Services at 7-2517 or benefits@mtu.edu.

 

Nutritionist Wellness Initiative

Benefit Services invites you to participate in a new wellness initiative between Michigan Tech and Aspirus Keweenaw. This is an 8 week program that gives employees access to a registered dietician. The program includes:

 

  • One 60 minute initial individual consultation (in-person)
  • Two follow up phone calls during weeks 2 and 4
  • One final consultation during week 8 (in-person)

 

The program is divided into two groups Nutrition Basics and Nutrition Enhanced. Nutrition Basics is designed for employees interested in paying more attention to foods they eat or employees that need guidance on where to start. Nutrition Enhanced is designed for those who have already made changes to their eating habits but need additional support. Employees may choose the plan that best meets their needs. For additional program information, please visit the wellness website.

 

This is a pilot program for active, benefits eligible employees that will begin on March 14, 2016 and run through May 9, 2016. Space is limited to 15 employees in each group. You may register for the program here. Enrollment is based on a first-come first-served basis. Enrollment into the program will close at 8:00AM on Monday, February 29, 2016.

 

Please contact Benefit Services at 487-2517 or email benefits@mtu.edu if you have any questions.

 

Northstar EAP Newsletter

Check out Northstar EAP’s February Newsletter. In this edition, Northstar EAP offers employees tips on how to be “Happier Today”. They also offer a monthly challenge that we encourage you to try. As a reminder, Northstar EAP offers eligible faculty and staff, and their spouses and dependents, eight free counseling sessions per person.     February2016Newsletter

Payroll Training to be Offered

Payroll Services will be hosting training sessions on January 25 and January 27 to review the Payroll Services Standard Practice Guide. The guide was developed to assist supervisors, time keepers and department administrators by outlining time and reporting procedures. The guide is located here.

Please e-mail llthoune@mtu.edu for registration information.

 

If you have any questions prior to the trainings, please contact Payroll Services at 487-2130 or payroll@mtu.edu.

Holiday Stress

The holidays can be a very stressful time of year which can be taxing on our mental health. To try and alleviate some stress, our friends at Northstar EAP would like to remind us of our “Holiday Bill of Rights”. For example, “You have the right to say TIME OUT, anytime you need to” or “You have the right to DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY”. Check out your Holiday Bill of Rights and their tips for “24 Random Acts of Holiday Kindness”, and remember to have a Happand Relaxing Holiday Season!! 

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