Category: Benefits

Get in Gear Lunch & Learn Well Attended

On April 17, Campus Bike Initiative was on campus to present on all things cycling and commuting by bike to an audience of over 35 employees.  Attendees learned how to dress and safely ride on and off road, rules of the road and smart cycling practices, and local resources for people who cycle, beginner to advanced.


Did you know you should replace your helmet approximately every five years?  Materials in the helmet break down due to wear and tear, weather, and regular cycling.  Helmets that have sustained a crash should be destroyed immediately.

Check out Campus Bike Initiative for more information including resources, maps, and more.


Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair

Mark your calendar for Michigan Tech’s Employee Benefits and Community Services Fair sponsored by Benefit Services.

The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the Memorial Union Ballroom.

Vendors from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Davis Vision, Delta Dental, TIAA, Fidelity, Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and many other local financial, health and community service exhibits will be there to showcase their services.

The fair is open to all Michigan Tech employees, spouses or partners, as well as retirees.  Attendance counts toward Husky Health.

Up to one hour of University release time will be granted to all union and hourly employees.

Admission is free and attendees may register to win many prizes. For questions, contact Benefit Services at or 487-2517.

Lunch & Learn: Turn Your Savings Into Retirement Income

Lunch & Learn: Turn Your Savings Into Retirement Income

You put so much time and effort into educating others, finding the time to plan for your future can be a challenge.

Faculty and staff are invited to join Seth Yanik, Fidelity Director Retirement Planner. Seth is a licensed professional, experienced in helping people plan for the financial futures.

The presentation will take place from 12-1 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, in the Memorial Union Alumni Lounge B. Register online.

Beverages will be provided.  Feel free to bring your lunch.

Attendance counts toward Husky Health Option 2.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur.

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.

All About Sleep Lunch & Learn Well Attended

Jason Carter, associate vice president for research and an expert in sleep and sleep disorders, discussed the latest science behind the importance of good sleep hygiene.

Faculty, staff, students, and local community members learned about the ways lack of quality sleep can affect a person’s blood pressure and lead to hypertension, and how to create a bedtime ritual to promote deep sleep. If you missed this event and would like to learn more, email Shannon Brodeur for the PowerPoint slides.

Weight Watchers at Work Coming Soon

Register here for the 12-week Weight Watchers at Work session, which begins Wednesday, March 6 in the MUB; 11:30 a.m. for weigh-in and completion of paperwork and 12:00 p.m. for the meeting.

Open to employees and retirees, participants must register online by Wednesday, February 27.

The fee for this 12-week session is $138.00 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 WW 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.

Questions? Contact Shannon Brodeur or 7-3301.

Husky Health Forums

Employee Wellness will host two informational forums on Husky Health, our new wellness incentive program. The times and dates are listed below. Release time will be provided to attend a Husky Health Forum. Benefits-eligible faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

  • Feb. 27: 1-1:30PM in MUB Ballroom B
  • Feb. 28: 10-10:30AM in MUB Ballroom A2

Find out more information about Husky Health and other wellness benefits online. If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact Shannon Brodeur.