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Please click here for more information regarding SUNY's Child Protection Policy.
Follow this link to the Child Protection Processing Guidelines and the Volunteer Information Collection Form and Agreement.
Click here for information on how you can set aside pre-tax earnings toward your retirement through the SUNY Voluntary Savings Plans.
The Annual Option Transfer Period will be Wednesday, November 18 through Friday, December 18, 2015. During this period, employees who wish to request an option transfer change for 2016 must complete a Health Insurance Transaction Form (PS-404) and return it to the Human Resources office by December 18.
For eligible employees who wish to elect or must re-new Opt Out for next year, the 2016 Opt Out Attestation Form (PS409) is not yet available. The PS-409 is required, along with the PS-404, to elect opt out. Refer to your Planning for Option Transfer Booklet for program details.
No action is required if you are not making any health plan changes for 2016.
Click here for more information including the 2016 health insurance bi-weekly rates.
Employees may have or will soon receive health insurance notifications from the NYS Department of Civil Service. The two separate notifications regarding COBRA and Patient Protection & Affordable Act (PPACA) related tax documents are "for your information." To help clarify their purpose, click here for an important message from Human Resources.
TIAA is proud to provide individual financial advice and guidance for Binghamton employees at no additional cost. In addition to on-campus individual counseling and advice sessions, Alicia S. Brady, your TIAA Financial Consultant, will also be hosting a Help Desk on specific days. The TIAA Help Desk will be able to:
- Schedule appointments
- Assist in completing Salary Reduction Agreement Forms
- Answer general questions
There is a Help Desk scheduled for March 11, from 10 am -1 pm in Academic Building A, Room 202, and no appointment is required. Please note that no individual counseling or investment advice will be provided at the Help Desk.
Effective 4/30/16, the NYPERL long-term care contract with MedAmerica Insurance Co. expires. Once a new vendor is selected and a contract is executed, new employees hired on or after May 1, 2016 will be given the opportunity to elect NYPERL coverage. New information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Current NYPERL enrollees will continue to be covered by MedAmerica as long as they do not stop paying their insurance premiums. However, automated payroll deductions will end at some point after May 1, 2016 for those enrollees who pay their premium via payroll deduction. Any new enrollee who signs up for coverage between March 1, 2016 and April 30, 2016, will not be able to elect payroll deduction as their payment method. MedAmerica will provide enrollees with alternate payment options when payroll deductions end.
Employees must read this if you are enrolled in a family NYSHIP health insurance plan (including GSEU-SEHP) through Binghamton University.
The New York State Department of Civil Service Employee Benefits Division is conducting a Dependent Eligibility Verification Audit (DEVA). The contracted company who will contact enrollees is Health Management Systems, Inc. (HMS).
Family health plan enrollees will receive dependent audit instructions directly from HMS. During the period of July 5 to August 19, 2016, you will be required to submit documentation verifying the eligibility of each of your dependents covered under the NYSHIP plan as of January 1, 2016. Failure to provide sufficient proof of eligibility in a timely manner will result in the retroactive removal of the dependent back to January 1, 2016.
If you successfully verified your dependent CHILD during the 2009 audit, you will not be required to provide proof for them again.
Initial notices were mailed to enrollees’ homes in December 2015. Additional notices with detailed instructions will be mailed directly to your home in early summer. Please watch for these notices and be prepared to respond in a timely fashion. Samples of enrollee communications and detailed information can be found on the NYSHIP website under the “Current Topics” section.
05-12-2016 Retirement Basics Newsletter - What Everyone Should Know
Human Resources encourages faculty and staff to review general SUNY retirement system information you should be aware of in our latest newsletter Retirement Basics - What Everyone Should Know. Topics include plan guidelines, vesting, voluntary savings options, the importance of updating beneficiary information, and more.
06-27-2016 UUP Deficit Reduction Repayment
For employees subject to Deficit Reduction in academic years 2013-14 and/or 2014-15, click here for the memo regarding repayment information.
Brendan Dunuwila from Voya Financial Advisors will be on campus hosting two different retirement planning seminars entitle "The Fundamentals of Retirement Planning" on Thursday, September 22, and "Income in Retirement - Where Will The Money Come From?" on Thursday, October 27. Lunch will be served during each session 12:00 - 1:00 pm. Click here to reserve your seat for one or both sessions.
- Wed, 9/28 - UU 121
- Thurs, 10/13 - UU 122
- Thurs, 10/20 - UU 124
- Thurs, 11/10 - UU 121
- Wed, 12/7 - UU 121
- Thurs, 12/15 - UU 124
If you would like to schedule a confidential counseling session during October with TIAA retirement representative Alicia Brady, click here for her schedule and to register online or call (800) 732-8353.
Dan Kain from NYS Deferred Compensation will be on campus from 11 am - 3 pm Monday, October 17 in UU 122. Whether you are interested in establishing a new tax deferred retirement account or would like to review your current investments, go online to schedule your confidential appointment.
Please click here for more information regarding the 2016 Presidential Discretionary Salary Payment Memo for UUP-Represented Faculty.
Please click here for more information regarding the 2016 Presidential Discretionary Salary Payment Memo for UUP-Represented Staff.
National Retirement Security Week (NRSW) for 2016 runs from October 16 through October 22. The focus of this featured week is to put the spotlight on long-term financial planning for retirement and the employer resources available to help you make it to retirement readiness. This year’s theme is “Your Whole Story”, and focuses on life and personal savings journeys.
Human Resources would like to remind employees of the resources available to help you achieve your retirement goals, such as a primary retirement plan through either New York State or the SUNY Optional Retirement Plan (ORP). Any employee who receives a W-2 tax document is eligible to join the NYS Employees Retirement System (ERS).
Also available are a variety of supplemental tax-deferred accounts to set aside your own additional retirement funds. Although tax-deferred plans do not involve an employer contribution, they offer the flexibility of starting, changing or discontinuing your contributions at any time.
Visit the NRSW 2016 announcement page for more helpful planning resources.
10-20-2016 Flex Spend DCAA Employer Contribution Available for 2017
Click here for more information regarding the 2017 plan year DCAA Employer Contribution.
Click here to review the Election Day floating holiday designation memo.
The PEP program is available for eligible employees of CSEA, PEF, UUP and M/C for 2017. Eligible employees should receive their memo with enrollment form via campus mail this week.
The program allows eligible employees to exchange previously accrued annual leave and/or personal leave in return for a bi-weekly credit to reduce your share of the NY State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) premium.
PEP enrollment period for eligible employees will be November 1 through December 2, 2016. Enrollment forms should be returned by December 2 to the Human Resources office in AD 244.
Natalia DiGiovanni from Fidelity Investments will be on campus November 10, December
7, and December 15. To schedule your confidential one-on-one appointment, go online or call 844-367-7869.
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Human Resources strongly encourages employees to take advantage of the various opportunities
to enhance your retirement income and reduce current taxes through various SUNY Voluntary
Savings Plans. Click here for details including how to schedule your appointment with a SUNY authorized investment
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If you would like to reserve your confidential counseling session with Alicia Brady from TIAA to discuss your retirement savings goals, check on your existing investments or begin a new account, schedule your appointment by calling 800-732-8353 Monday through Friday from 8 am - 8 pm ET. or go online.
- Tues, Nov. 8 - UU 122
- Thurs, Nov. 10 - UU 122
- Wed, Nov. 16 - UU 122
- Tues, Nov. 29 - UU 122
- Thu, Dec 1 - UU 121
- Wed, Dec 7 - UU 122
- Tue, Dec 13 - UU 121
- Thu, Dec 15 - UU 121
The Annual Option Transfer period for employees who wish to make changes to their health insurance plan is Monday, November 14 through Friday, December 16, 2016. Change forms must be received in the Human Resources Office, AD 244, or postmarked by the close of business, Friday, December 16, 2016.
No action is required if you are not making any changes to your health insurance plan for 2017.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016, from 12:00 -1:00 pm, Natalia DiGiovanni from Fidelity Investments will host the free workshop Fundamentals of Retirement Income Planning in University Union 121. Lunch will be served.
There is limited seating and a reservation is required by calling 844-367-7869 or go online. Online, choose Attending a Special Event, complete the requested information, select Attend Workshop then select Confirm Your Appointment.
Dan Kain from NYS Deferred Compensation will be on campus in UU 122 from 11 am and 3 pm on Thursday, December 1. Participating in a tax-deferred voluntary savings plan is a great way to build your retirement income and reduce current taxes. .Click here to reserve a confidential appointment to learn more about the NYSDC 457(b) retirement savings plan or post-tax Roth option.
SUNY Perks at Work (also known as SUNY Perks) is holding its Annual Holiday Savings Fair from November
29 through December 30. The fair features a series of three-day windows during which employees can shop for special offers within a specific category (e.g.,
toys, apparel, electronics).
Additional discount programs are available via:
- SUNY PerksCard/PerksConnect
- Plum Benefits
- My Better Benefits (offering 20% off stays at Wyndham and Choice hotels, and discounted tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters)
- SUNY Discount Program (recent program additions are discounts at several Florida resorts, MightySkins, Alan David Custom Suits, and StubZero)
Human Resources reminds employees enrolled in the health care or dependent care FSA plan you have until Dec. 31, 2016 to utilize the funds in your account. Any balance remaining after Dec. 31 will be forfeited. Participants have until March 31, 2017 to submit eligible expenses for the 2016 plan year.
For more information, including the claim submission process and list of eligible expenses, go online.
Are you considering enhancing your retirement income in 2017? Go online to review Alicia Brady's campus visit schedule and book your confidential retirement planning appointment in January or February.
In an effort to provide you with tools to better prepare meeting your financial and retirement goals, VALIC financial advisor Mark Nardella will be onsite to address any questions you may have regarding:
- planning, budgeting and meeting your savings goals;
- managing your investments;
- calculating contributions to meet your retirement needs
This is a terrific opportunity to get acquainted and seek free, tax-deferred assistance for a more secure financial future.
- Jan 17: 8:30 - 4:00 - UU 122
- Feb 16: 8:30 - 4:45 - UU 122
- Mar 16: 8:30 - 4:45 - UU 122
- Apr 18: 8:30 - 4:45 - UU 122
- May 17: 8:30 - 4:45 - UU 124
Click here to schedule an appointment or contact Stephanie Day at 315-422-5088 or via email Stephanie.Day@valic.com.
Here is another opportunity to enhance your retirement income! Dan Kain from the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan will be on campus in UU 122 from 11 am to 3 pm Tuesday, January 24. To book your individual appointment to discuss a deferred compensation or after-tax Roth plan, click here or call Dan directly at 315-749-3146.
Please click here to review the memo regarding performance program and performance evaluation cycle changes for UUP-represented employees with permanent status.