New Payroll deadlines

Beginning on Monday, October 10, 2016, payroll submission and approval deadlines will change to the following:
Employees must submit time sheets by Noon on payroll Mondays.
Approvers must approve time sheets by 2PM on payroll Mondays.
This change will enable Payroll to better serve departments through earlier notification of issues or questions regarding submitted time.
To help facilitate this deadline shift, employees are encouraged to submit time sheets immediately following their last shift of the pay period. Approvers who have not already set up a proxy in Banweb are encouraged to do so.

Please contact Payroll Services at 7-2130 or with questions.
Thank you for your cooperation.

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, 2016, 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 (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 2017. Incentives will be awarded in March 2017. Contact Benefit Services with any questions.

Reminder: Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) Enrollment Period Closing October 31

The Retirement Supplemental Voluntary Program (RSVP) is a voluntary retirement program offered to eligible Michigan Tech employees. Eligible employees who wish to retire on or before June 30, 2017, must sign their RSVP election form and communicate their intent to the Benefits Office before the deadline of October 31, 2016. Prior to electing RSVP, employees must meet with the Benefits Office for a confidential meeting to verify eligibility.

See RSVP for the policy, eligibility requirements, and additional information about this program.

Please contact Benefits Services at 487-2517 or with any questions you may have.

Additional Details

Please link RSVP in the second paragraph to the following link:

Please make the email in the last paragraph an active email address that they can click on.

Employee Benefit Series – Provide For Your Future & Protect Your Loved Ones!

Providing for our future and protecting our loved ones is something we all think about. With this in mind, Benefit Services in conjunction with the Office of Advancement is offering employees an opportunity to learn more about Medicare, Transitioning From Career To Retirement, Estate Planning, and Estate Planning Tools. We will be hosting a 4 week series that will include each of these topics beginning October 17. There will be one session each week, and each session will last for 90 minutes. The first 60 minutes will include the topic presentation with the last 30 minutes reserved for questions. If you are interested in attending one or all of the sessions offered, please complete the registration form.

For a full description of each session, dates, times and locations, please visit the Benefit Services webpage. Space for each session is limited.
We hope you will join us and look forward to seeing you there!

Please contact Benefit Services at 906-487-2517 or should you have any questions.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Informational Sessions

Human Resources continues to work on analyzing the changes to the overtime rule which increases the salary threshold for a position to be considered exempt from overtime.
Human Resources would like to invite you to attend an FLSA Informational Session to learn more about the new changes and what it means for you.  We have set up two sessions for you to choose from.
The informational sessions are for any staff member that would like to know more about the upcoming change:
Friday, September 9, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. – MUB Ballroom A
Wednesday, September 14, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – MUB Ballroom A

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Updates

Fair Labor Standards Act Webpage Announced

Human Resources continues to work on analyzing the changes to the overtime rule which increases the salary threshold for a position to be considered exempt from overtime.

 As announced, on May 18, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) released the final rule increasing the salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 per week for a position to be considered exempt from overtime.
Employers will need to be in compliance with the new regulations by December 1, 2016.
Positions with a primary responsibility of teaching (including faculty) are not effected by the DOL change.
Human Resources has created a dedicated webpage with information on the new FLSA standards including a timeline for implementation, updated Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and other useful resources. The webpage can be found here
Updates will be made to the webpage and FAQ’s as additional information is released and/or determined.
We ask you continue to direct any questions regarding this DOL change to Employment Services in Human Resources at 7-2280.

Summer Hours End

Summer Hours will end on Sunday, August 14th. Beginning on Monday, August 15th, the University will return to regular office hours.
The regular hours of operation will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All offices must be staffed during these hours.

University Closure Information

University Closure Information
The University closed to address electrical issues at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016.

 As stated in University Policy 2.1010 Closure of University, if there is a declaration of University closure for a specified period of time, most employees will be allowed to go or stay home with pay. However, hourly employees required to stay or report to work will receive equal time off at a later date at the convenience of their respective departments.

 Exempt employees are expected to fulfill their job responsibilities and are not required to report exception time for closures.

FAQs – University Closure 7-2016