Month: March 2019

Lunch & Learn Get in Gear: Cycling 101

Members of the Campus Bike Initiative will be on hand to help us get in gear for cycling season.

Join us to learn about:

  • How to be safe and comfortable while riding
  • Commuting by bike and group rides
  • Campus Bike Initiative
  • Area resources and events
  • Fashion and gear show
  • FAQs

The presentation will take place from 12-1 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge. Register online.

Feel free to bring your lunch; beverages will be provided.

This free event is open to faculty, staff, students and community members and is sponsored by Employee Wellness.

Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

Paid Medical Leave Act (PMLA)

Michigan enacted the Paid Medical Leave Act (PMLA) on December 19, 2018, effective March 29, 2019. The new law requires employers with 50 or more employees to provide paid medical leave for personal or family needs.

For all Benefit Eligible Employees, PMLA has updated the availability for sick leave to include:

  •  The employee’s or employee’s family member’s mental or physical illness, injury or health condition, including medical diagnosis, care or treatment and preventative medical care
  •  Medical or psychological care for physical or psychological injury or disability resulting from domestic violence or sexual assault, to obtain legal services or participate in related court proceedings
  •  Closure of the employee’s primary workplace or child’s school or daycare due to a public health emergency or if the employee or family member has been quarantined

For Short-term, Casual, Seasonal (Temporary) Employees only, PMLA provides a sick leave accrual process. The terms of the temporary employee leave accrual process are:

  • Employees will accrue one hour of leave for every 35 hours worked.
  • An employee’s accrual is limited to 40 hours of paid leave per calendar year.
  • Employees must wait to use the paid leave until 90 days after the start date of employment.
  • Employees will be able to carry over up to 40 hours of their accrued sick leave between calendar years.
  • A complete break in employment from the University of one day or more will erase any sick leave balance. Upon re-hire, the accrual will start over.

For all Student Employees, PMLA provides sick leave if the student works an average of 25 hours per week or more in total at the University. At the start of the 2020 calendar year, a twelve month look back will be conducted to determine which student employees meet this criteria for sick leave.

Please note, all temporary and student employees who have not been paid for 42 days or more in a job will be automatically terminated.

The updated Sick Leave guidelines are found at:

For additional questions or clarification, please contact Human Resources at 906.487.2280.

Husky Health Updated Website

Check out the Husky Health website for updated information including slides from the Husky Health forums and links to webinars and fitness programs that count toward the Husky Health incentive. 

Husky Health is free, voluntary, and offers benefits-eligible Michigan Tech employees more choice and flexibility with their wellness incentives. Complete all three options by September 30, 2019, and earn up to $450. Several payout options are available.

Option 1: Earn $200
Get a Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Health Assessment and an annual physical.

Option 2: Earn up to $150
Complete an approved health program or screening.

Option 3: Earn up to $100
Do an approved physical activity or nutrition challenge, event, or program.

As of Jan. 1, HuskyPAW, SWEAT, TechFit and T2 became one program—Husky Health. Husky Health is free, voluntary and offers benefits-eligible Michigan Tech employees more choice and flexibility with their wellness incentives.

Note: TechFit is available to benefits-eligible employees for 2019. Check your TechFit balance in Banweb.