Unemployment Fraud Issues

Michigan Tech has been receiving occasional unemployment claims for active employees. Employees affected have been contacted by Benefit Services. Benefit Services will dispute the claims which are then sent to the Unemployment Fraud Unit for investigation. Once the investigation is complete, a determination will be issued to all parties involved. Should you be contacted by Benefit Services regarding an unemployment claim filed under your name, you may contact the Unemployment Fraud Unit at 855-842-7463.

 

Should you become a victim of identity theft, please refer to the Identity Theft Resources page through Information Technology. This page offers valuable information for avoiding misused or stolen social security numbers (SSN) or taxpayer identification numbers (TIN) as well as reporting and fixing a stolen identity.

Please do not modify this information unless you contact me first.

Thank You,

Ginger

 

2016 Benefits Fair Door Prize Results

Benefit Services would like to thank all the employees, retirees, and vendors who attended the 2016 Benefits Fair held last Thursday, May 5, 2016. The Benefits Fair was a success with 282 employees and retirees in attendance as well as up to 30 vendors. Congratulations to the following individuals who were winners of the various door prizes raffled off after the event:

 

  • SDC 1 Day Spin Class – Sharri Karppinen
  • SDC 1 Day Yoga Class – Joe Sever
  • SDC 1 Day Zumba Class – Joel Vertin
  • SDC Single Day Admission Passes – Lorraine Watts, Darlene Persha, Linnea
  • McGowen Hobmeier, Crystal McLeod, Kathleen Lewandowski, Nels
  • Christopherson, & Nikki Ebert
  • Portage Lake Golf Course 9-Hole Golf Pass – Heather Kiilunen
  • Portage Lake Golf Course Golf Ball Sets – Renee Hiller, Jake Manchester, &
  • Don Close
  • Athletics 2 Hockey Family Passes – Sue Tomasi & Kimberly Oldt
  • Rozsa 2 Tickets to a 2016-17 Performance – Renae DesRochers
  • Pilgrim River Gift Certificate – Erika Erkkila
  • Applebee’s Gift Cards – Rory Gronevelt, Vicky Roy, & Michelle Reed
  • Magnuson Franklin Square Inn Gift Certificate – Ray Lasanen
  • Tranquil Touch Massage Gift Certificate – Penny Foetisch
  • Maggie’s Massage Gift Certificate – Lorraine Young
  • J. Jukuri Spa Gift Certificate – Karmen Markham
  • J. Jukuri Spa Gift Bag – Karen Giddings
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of MI Herbs & Spices Gift Bag – Carol Asiala
  • Benefit Services Jawbone UP – Audrey Barnett
  • Superior Chiropractic Gift Certificate – Carol Schaaf
  • EyeMed USB Chargers – John Longenecker & Don Kilpela
  • EyeMed Waterbottles – Tori Connors & Georgeann Larson
  • EyeMed Golf Balls – Pat McCarthy & Jake Guter

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