Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Incentive Reminder

Benefit eligible employees who complete a Health Risk Assessment with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and have an annual physical can earn an incentive. Accessing the health assessment is easy. Here’s how to get started.

 

  1. Log in to your account at bcbsm.com. (You can easily register if you are          not currently set up.)
  2. Click “Health & Wellness” in the blue bar at the top of the page.
  3. Click “Take assessment now” to begin.

 

Requirements must be completed by December 31 and incentives will be awarded in 2016. Eligible employees will have the option to choose one of the following:

 

  • $100 deposited into a health savings account
  • $100 deposited into a flexible spending health care account
  • $100 deposited into a Techfit
  • $200 deposited into a T2 account, funds can only be used at a Michigan

Tech Facility.

 

If you have any questions, contact Benefit Services at benefits@mtu.edu.

Fourth of July Payroll Processing Schedule

Due to the Fourth of July holiday observance falling on a non- pay week Friday

(July 3, 2015), deadlines will be shifted for the following Payroll processes:

• Status Forms Due to Human Resources Thursday, 6/25/15 at Noon

• Reallocations Due to Payroll Friday, 6/26/15 at Noon

*Please note that Bi-weekly 14 time sheets will be distributed on Wednesday,

July 1st and are due to Payroll on Monday, July 6th at noon.

*EPAFs for Bi-weekly 14 are due on their regular schedule, Friday, June 26th.

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!

No Off-Cycle Check July 3rd, 2015

Due to the 2015 Fiscal Year End processing eadlines/schedules, we will not be

completing an off-cycle check batch for July 3rd, 2015. Please make every effort to

ensure that your employees’ payroll is submitted in an accurate, timely manner for

the bi-weekly 13 pay period. Check processing will resume on its normal schedule

with the Bi-weekly 14 pay period, with a pay date of July 10th.

Thank you for your cooperation. We apologize for any inconvenience this may

cause.

Dates to remember:

June 26th- Bi-weekly 13 pay checks issued

July 3rd- Off-cycle checks will not be issued

July 10th- Bi-weekly 14 pay checks issued

Reminder to use your personal days

Benefit Services would like to remind employees that personal days must be used according to the following schedule:

AFSCME- Expire on September 30
UAW- Expire on July 31
Non-Union Staff- Expire on December 31
POA- Expire on September 30

If employees do not use their personal days by this time they will lose those days. Personal leave balances can be viewed on banweb. If you have any questions, call Benefit Services at 7-2517 or benefits@mtu.edu.

What’s New in Benefits

Short instructional videos are now on the Benefits Website.

Human Resources is always looking for new ways to provide information that is quick and easily accessible whenever you need it.  We have recently added two how-to videos to our website.   The videos are designed to help employees navigate through their Banweb account with the HSA and SRA benefit.

Health Savings Account (HSA) Information

HSA Banweb assistance located at – http://www.mtu.edu/hr/current/benefits/health-plans/

Retirement Planning Resources

Supplemental Retirement Agreement (SRA) Banweb assistance located at – http://www.mtu.edu/hr/current/retirement/

 

If you need assistance, have a question or an idea for a how-to video contact the Benefits Office at 487-2517 or email us at benefits@mtu.edu

 

 

Department of Homeland Security Extends Eligibility for Employment Authorization to Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses of H-1B Nonimmigrants Seeking Employment-Based Lawful Permanent Residence

On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director León Rodríguez announced today that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. DHSamended the regulations to allow these H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the United States.
Eligible individuals include certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants who:
Are the principal beneficiaries of an approved Form I-140, Immigration Petition for Alien Worker
For further questions, please contact HR Academic Immigration Services at 7-2280.

UPDATE: Anthem and BCBS Identity Theft

Anthem Security Breach has Potential Affect on BCBSM Members
BCBSM) was made aware of a security breach with Anthem, which may affect employees and retirees of Michigan Tech who received services in the affected states. Information has been emailed to Michigan Tech employees who carry Tech’s insurance with more information and an article will be published in Monday’s edition of Tech Today.

As an employee or retiree if you or your family member had services in one of the state listed below, you should call Anthem at 877-263-7995 or visit AnthemFacts.com.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

https://www.anthemfacts.com/ - How to Access & Sign Up For Identity Theft Monitoring Services
https://anthem.allclearid.com/ -  How Anthem is Protecting You


Performance Management Reminder

It’s hard to believe that we are already 4 months into the annual Performance Management cycle, and as February begins, we wanted to take a moment to pass along a few friendly reminders regarding the Performance Management Process.

1)            Establish and Record Goals

If you have not done so already, meet with your employee(s) to discuss and establish performance goals and record those on the Performance Management Form .  Goal setting is an important first step in the performance management process.  The ability to assess performance is greatly enhanced when there are performance goals in place to evaluate.  Well-defined goals provide both employees and managers with a roadmap to focus their daily efforts.

 

2)            Schedule Mid-Year Reviews

Schedule a formal check-in with your employee(s) to take place in March or April.  In addition to timely feedback and coaching throughout the year, a Mid-Year Review is a key component of the Performance Management Process.  This meeting will allow you to have a two-way discussion about the status of the goals and development plan to date, and allow you to make any necessary modifications as you prepare for the remainder of the year.

 

Taking care of these steps now will ensure your year-end review will go smoothly.

 

If you have any question regarding Performance Management at Michigan Tech, please visit the HR website at http://www.mtu.edu/hr/current/performance/

 

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