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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.

 


Weight Watchers at Work


Register here for the 12-week Weight Watchers at Work session, which begins Wednesday, October 4, in 125 Fisher Hall at 5:30PM for weigh-ins and 6PM for the meeting. Open to employees and retirees.
Participants must register online by Wednesday,September 27, 2017. The fee for this 12-week session is $126.00 per participant and includes free access to Weight Watcher’s premium ‘Online Plus’ website. Registrations will no longer be done on site – all registrations must be completed online.
You will have the option of paying with a credit/debit card or TechFit. If using TechFit, choose “yes” for “Payroll Deduct”Flexible Spending Account money (FSA) is not accepted as a method of payment. The Weight Watchers Monthly Pass is not accepted in At Work. Credit/debit cards or bank accounts will not be billed until a minimum of 15 participants have registered for the meeting.
Contact sbrodeur@mtu.edu or 7-1146 with questions.

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.

 



UAW Certification Program Graduates

Human Resources would like to congratulate twenty-five (25) UAW employees for their efforts and time commitment in completing the four UAW Certification courses and receiving their certification.

The following employees completed their certification in December 2016 and April 2017.

Brenda Anttila, Maureen Anton, Cynthia Asiala, Kari Bellin-Sloat, Machel Borsum, Laurie Buschell, Danielle Davis, Coreen Dompier, Kathleen Dorvinen, Erika Erkkila, Penny Foetisch, Laura Givens, Celine Grace, Sandra Kalcich, Erin Kemppainen, Karma Kilpela, Juli Martin, Susan Niemi, Mechelle Normand, Paula Olson, Charlene Page, Stephanie Reed, Christina Sarazin, Pammi Washuleski, and Carol Wingerson.

The four courses are:

  • Michigan Tech Specific Course
  • Google Suite
  • Social Media
  • Microsoft Office Suite

Congratulations!


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 consultations (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 program is for active, benefits-eligible employees and will begin on March 13, 2017, and run through May 16, 2017. Space is limited to 30 employees. You may register for the program here. Employees new to the program will be enrolled first with returning participants being enrolled on a first come, first-served basis. Enrollment into the program will close at 5:00 PM on Monday, February 20, 2017.

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


Electronic W-2s now available

Electronic 2016 W-2s are now available on Banweb for all employees who have consented to an electronic copy. Paper W-2 forms will be mailed on or before January 31st.

If you would like to receive an electronic copy of your W-2, it’s not too late. Log in to Banweb (www.banweb.mtu.edu) and click the Employees box, then Tax Forms, and then Select Electronic Consent (W2 and 1095-C). Click the box under My Choice and next to Consent to receive W-2 electronically, then click Submit.

Campus Information Session January 31, 2017

Ever wondered….

What additional programs and services are offered by HR?  What is Lean and how can I participate?  How a tubing hill came to be at Mont Ripley?

Join us to find out the answers to these questions and much more at a Campus Informational Session on January 31 from 1:00 pm -3:00 pm in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

  • Renee Hiller, director of Human Resources and her team, will focus on the following topics: New Employee Orientation program, wellness initiatives, informational training’s, immigration, and labor relations.

  • Ruth Archer, director of Continuous Improvement, will discuss the current state and future direction of Lean at Michigan Tech, including student opportunities for Lean learning.

  • Nicholas Sirdenis, general manager of Mont Ripley, will speak on Mont Ripley’s new tubing park.

The session is open to all of the campus community, and we invite and encourage faculty, staff, and students to attend.

Release time will be provided for hourly staff with the approval of their supervisor.