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Special Operating Hours Over Thanksgiving Break

Special Operating Hours Over Thanksgiving Break

 

The University will be closed on the following days—Thursday, Nov. 23 and Friday, Nov. 24. Business Operations has posted the departmental hours of operation during the Thanksgiving break on their website.

This will be updated regularly prior to Nov. 23. If your department has not yet submitted your Special Operating Hours, do so using this google form posted on the website.

Note: for employees in units considered critical areas of operation, regular hours and shifts will continue as usual and as needed over the entire break. Check with your supervisor to determine if you or your area is considered a critical area of operation.

For questions, contact Business Operations at 7-2148.

 


Worried About Winter Weather?

With winter weather approaching, now is a good time for departments to begin discussing communication procedures for weather-related absences. During times when weather conditions deteriorate, each person within the University community must exercise personal judgment on the ability to get to or from campus.

Interruptions in work due to weather are no different than other events that cause us to leave work early or arrive late. The first thing employees should do is contact their supervisors directly and explain the situation.

Hourly employees may use vacation or comp time to make up for hours missed due to bad weather. Exempt employees are expected to fulfill their regular job responsibilities.

Please exercise caution in adverse conditions. In the event the local public schools are closed, remember that Michigan Tech has a policy regarding Children in the Workplace.
For questions or concerns, employees should contact Human Resources at 7-2280 or email Amy Mensch at ajmensch@mtu.edu.


TIAA Beneficiary Reminder

TIAA is mailing out the following reminder to update your retirement beneficiary information.

Naming your beneficiary, and keeping the information current, is an important aspect of managing your retirement account. A birth or marriage may have changed your thinking since you made your original choice. Or perhaps you never designated a beneficiary at all. Missing or outdated information can create significant costs and delays for those you leave behind.

This is a friendly reminder to make sure your beneficiary information reflects your current wishes.

It takes just a few minutes online.

The good news is that it’s easy to name, change or confirm your beneficiaries.

  • Log in to your account at TIAA.org.
  • Under My Account, select Change Beneficiaries from the Profile section.
  • From there, you can designate beneficiaries and select how much each should receive.

If you prefer, you can complete a paper form and return it by mail. To have a form mailed to you, call us at 800-842-2252. For your protection, we cannot change your beneficiary over the phone.

If you make a change, you’ll receive a confirmation by mail. And you can change your beneficiary again at any time. TIAA and Michigan Technological University appreciate your attention to this matter.


Flu Clinic

UP Health System Portage will be offering flu vaccine clinics on Michigan Tech’s campus this fall

The quadrivalent flu vaccine is by injection at a cost of $40 payable at the time of service. Cash, check or credit card will be accepted. Students with Michigan Tech’s Consolidated Health Plan (CHP) insurance can have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their CHP member ID card. Employees, retirees and family members insured by Michigan Tech’s Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) can also have their flu vaccine billed to insurance with their BCBSM member ID card. This does not include retirees that have Blue Cross insurance through MPSERS.

Anyone under the age of 18 cannot be vaccinated without parental permission. A spouse and/or child may attend without the employee.

The dates of the clinics are:

  • Thursday, September 144-6 pm (MUB Ballroom)
  • Tuesday, October 34-6:00 pm (MUB Alumni Lounge B)
  • Monday, October 164-6 pm (MUB Alumni Lounge A)

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Reminder

Benefit Services would like to remind employees that Michigan Tech offers an employee assistance program with Northstar Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to provide services to eligible faculty and staff, and their spouses and dependents.

Employees have free access to Northstar EAP’s counseling services (up to eight sessions per year) and their website, which has links to helpful information. This service is there to help manage issues that may be impacting your personal and work life. Areas of expertise include stress, depression, family and marital issues, work relationships, alcohol and substance abuse and grief.

Northstar EAP provides local counselors who will provide an assessment and support, all in a confidential and comfortable setting. Confidentiality is maintained in accordance with privacy laws and professional ethical standards. The University will not be notified when EAP services are requested or used.

To set up an appointment call 906-225-3145, or schedule an appointment online at Northstar

September News Letter 2017 

 


Health Risk Assessment (HRA) Incentive

Benefit eligible employees who have an annual physical and complete a Health Assessment with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan by December 31, 2017, can earn one of the following incentives:

  • $100 deposited into a Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • $100 deposited into a Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • $100 deposited into Techfit
  • $200 deposited into a T2 account (funds may only be used at a Michigan Tech facility)

To complete the Health Assessment through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan:

  • Log in to your account at bcbsm.com (You can easily register if you are not currently set up.)
  •  Click “Health & Wellness” in the blue bar at the top of the page
  •  Click “Take Your Health Assessment” to begin
  • Once completed, please print a copy of the confirmation page for your records.

Paper Health Assessment forms will not qualify for the incentive.

 

Employees who have met the above requirements will be contacted to choose their incentive in 2018. Incentives will be awarded in March 2018. Please read the Wellness Program Notice located online about our voluntary wellness programs.

Contact Benefit Services at benefits@mtu.edu with any questions.



RSVP Open Enrollment

The Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) is a voluntary retirement program offered to eligible Michigan Tech employees. The enrollment period for which an employee may sign their RSVP election is between July 1 and October 31 and is now open. Employees electing the Monetary Retirement Option must retire on or before June 30, 2018. The monetary retirement option provides a benefit equal to 50% of the eligible employee’s annual salary (9 month salary for faculty) at the time of their actual retirement date. The RSVP cap amount has been increased this year to $74,900 based on the percentage increase in the contribution and benefits base amount established by the Social Security’s Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) program.

 

Prior to electing RSVP, employees must meet with the Benefits Office for a confidential meeting to verify eligibility. RSVP program information may be found online.

 

RSVP questions may be directed to Benefit Services at 7-2517 or benefits@mtu.edu.


Good News for Fidelity Participants

Michigan Tech’s Investment Oversight Committee is committed to periodically reviewing the retirement plans offered with TIAA and Fidelity to make sure they continue to help you meet your retirement and financial goals. Among the things considered are the range of investment options available, performance and value, and whether the Plans give you access to services that complement your account.

As a result of a review in May, the Investment Oversight Committee has been able to lower the expense ratio of several investment options. On August 4, 2017, the share class of several investment options offered through the Plans will change. The new share class will offer you the same investment strategy and risk, but the overall expenses will be lower. Affected employees will receive a communication from Fidelity via U.S. Mail or email.

 

The Fund changes can be viewed by logging into Fidelity NetBenefitsand selecting Plan Information, then Fund Changes. The changes will take place without any action required on your part. However, if you are not satisfied with how your current investment elections will be modified, you will have the opportunity to make changes by logging into Fidelity NetBenefits or calling 800-343-0860.

 


Employee Wellness Amazing Challenge

If you’re not familiar with Amazing Challenge, it’s loosely based on the TV show “The Amazing Race.” Teams complete a series of challenges while they race toward the finish line. Challenges are a mix of physical activity and mental challenges or puzzles. Each challenge needs to be completed in order to receive a clue to move forward. While this can be a competitive race for many teams; this can also be a fun family event completed at your own pace. The challenge usually takes 2-3 hours to complete.

Start thinking about building a team of colleagues, friends or family. Michigan Tech retirees are welcome. Teams are limited to four adults, although for those teams that are made up of families with young children, we do allow more than four members. Register here.  The registration deadline is July 7, 2017, at 5 pm.

The winning team gets bragging rights as the Amazing Challenge winner. HuskyPAW members will receive bonus points for participating.

Volunteers are needed for this event. If interested contact Shannon Brodeur.