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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.
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.
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.
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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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.
11-29-16 Required Annual Compliance Training
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.
Please click here to review the memo regarding performance program and performance evaluation cycle changes for UUP-represented employees with permanent status.
If you are 55 or older and have questions about social security, Natalia DiGiovanni from Fidelity will be on campus January 25, February 8 and February 23 offering individual meetings to review your social security analysis. Click here for more information including registration instructions.
Mark your calendar! TIAA retirement planning services is offering an open help desk event Thursday, February 9 in UU 121. Employees are welcome to stop in for a complimentary hot beverage between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and ask a TIAA help desk representative about enrollment, beneficiaries or assistance with scheduling a future 1:1 counseling session. Even if you do not have retirement questions, stop in to say hello and enjoy a hot beverage!
Here is another opportunity to enhance your retirement income! Dan Kain from the NYS Deferred Compensation Plan will be on campus in Couper Administration, 2nd Floor, Room 206, from 10 am to 2 pm Thursday, March 2. 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.
Click here for the memo regarding NYS taxation requirements for public retirement system contributions.
Employees enrolled in the Flex Spending Account for the 2016 plan year have until March 31, 2017, to submit reimbursement requests for eligible expenses incurred in 2016 under the Health Care Spending Account and the Dependent Care Advantage Account. Claims may be faxed, mailed or submitted online. Click here if you need to contact an FSA representative for assistance.
This year America Saves Week (ASW) runs from February 27 through March 4. ASW is a national campaign jointly coordinated by America Saves and the American Savings Education Council since 2007 in the spirit of encouraging health savings habits and self-assessment. The campaign highlights two possible goals of "Raising Awareness" and "Encouraging Financial Action."
ASW is a great opportunity to remind you about the various savings vehicles available through SUNY employment including supplemental tax-deferred savings programs and pre-tax savings program (e.g., FSA, NYS-Ride). Financial education resources are available on the Financial Education and Planning Tools section of the SUNY Benefits web site, including SUNY Smart Track. The ASW web page offers a toolkit, and the American Savings Education Council web page offers various resources organized by topic and life event.
Human Resource encourages all employees to take advantage of these terrific retirement savings resources and programs.
SUNY retirement vendor campus representatives are available to assist with your retirement planning goals. Visit the HR Tax Deferred Savings Program page for vendor contact information.
The State University of New York Board of Trustees voted on January 24, 2017, to terminate MetLife as an approved carrier for both the SUNY Optional Retirement Program (ORP) and SUNY's 403(b) Tax Deferred Program.
May 1, 2017 is the expected date by which MetLife will be fully disengaged from SUNY plans. At any time between now and Friday, April 28, 2017, SUNY ORP and 403(b) plan MetLife participants must take the appropriate steps to re-direct and/or cancel any active SUNY ORP and/or 403(b) contributions that are routed for investment with MetLife. Inaction will result in active contributions being automatically redirected to a default investment provider after May 1, 2017.
Human Resources recommends contacting your MetLife representative to review options. For your convenience, our campus representative is Kenneth Walcyk who may be reached at (888) 883-6320 or (315) 431-6364, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNY-approved ORP and 403(b) vendors are Fidelity, TIAA, Valic and Voya. Go online to retrieve campus representative contact information.
VOYA investment professional Brendan Dunuwila will present The Fundamentals of Retirement Planning workshop from Noon - 1 pm Thursday, March 23, in UU 325. Lunch will be provided and registration is required. Click here for details.
Whether you are in the early, mid or pre-retirement stage of your career, join Human Resources on April 11 in Lecture Halls 1, 2 and 14 for a variety of one-hour workshops presented by our SUNY retirement vendors and HR. Workshop options include economic trends and budgeting, confident investing in any market, social security, health insurance and medicare in retirement, strategies to maximize your retirement income and much more!
April 11 is also ITS Maintenance Day, so this is an ideal opportunity to educate yourself about retirement. Light refreshments will be served. Supervisors and managers are asked to be flexible in supporting staff members who wish to attend.
Registration is preferred by Wednesday, April 6. Go online for workshop details and registration (may require logging in to your BU email account) or call Luanne DiRico at 777-6950.
Natalia DiGiovanni from Fidelity Investments will be on campus March 30 and April 6. To schedule your individual retirement planning meeting, go online or call 844-367-7869.