Temporary Parking Changes in Effect Friday on University Campus

Due to the Medical School’s White Coat Ceremony Friday, September 15 at 2 pm, there will be temporary changes to parking assignments from noon to 5 pm. One important change impacts 85 spaces on the fourth floor of the patient/visitor garage, which are typically available to Medical Center and Medical School employees. These spaces will not be available from noon to 5 pm. Employees should park in other areas designated for unreserved staff parking, including the fifth floor, Pine Tree Lot or the Plantation Street Garage. These spaces will be available to staff at the end of the day.

News & Views Changes Publishing Schedule Starting Next Week

Your Source for Medical Center InformationStarting Tuesday, August 8, News & Views will be published on Tuesday and Thursday. We are moving to this new schedule to streamline our employee communications and help reduce the frequency of organizational email. While we will continue to send Medical Center employees an email with each issue’s headlines, we remind you that News & Views blog is available 24/7 via www.ournewsandviews.org (or click on the News & View icon on OurNet homepage). You can also easily find previous news stories using the blog’s search or archive calendar widget. As always, submissions should be about 100 words in length and submitted a week in advance to ensure your items are published on time. Learn more about submitting to News & Views.

Manage Your Benefits-related Life Events in MyBenefits

Benefits-eligible employees can now manage their own benefits-related life events online using MyBenefits. Examples of qualifying life events include adding or removing a dependent, marital status changes and the gain or loss of dependent coverage to name a few. Visit MyHR for the full list of applicable life events. Qualifying life events must be entered in MyBenefits within 30 days to be accepted for processing. View the step-by-step instructions. Questions? Call the Benefits Contact Center at 508-334-8511.

2017 Pension and 401(k) Changes Are Now in Effect

As a reminder, changes to the UMass Memorial Health Care Pension and 401(k) Plan went into effect January 1. Effective with this week’s pay, the pension formula is changed and the 401(k) employer match is doubled from 25 to 50 percent on the first four percent of pay contributed. If you’re eligible for the plans, learn more about the changes and what they mean for you:

Eligible employees can enroll in the 401(k) Plan or make changes at www.fidelity.com/atwork or by calling 800-343-0860. Fidelity Investment’s guidance representatives are also available to help employees determine if they are on track for retirement. Visit www.getguidance.fidelity.com to take advantage of the guidance Fidelity Investments provides.

Learn about Pension and 401 (k) Changes Effective January 1

Changes to the UMass Memorial Health Care Pension and 401(k) Plan go into effect January 1, 2017. Learn about the changes and what that means for you: watch a short video or join an information session with representatives from our retirement team and Fidelity offered in December and January. Eligible participants can visit My Pension Estimator anytime by visiting www.umassmemorial.org/pensionestimator. The pension tool estimates your benefit, calculates how much you’ve earned to date, as well as your expected benefit at retirement. If you’re eligible for the 401(k) Plan, you can enroll or make changes any time at www.fidelity.com/atwork or by calling a Fidelity representative at 800-343-0860.

Pension and 401 (k) Plan Changes Are Coming; Join Info Session

Watch for the Guide to the UMass Memorial Health Care Retirement Plan Changes that was mailed to eligible participants’ homes last week. You may recall that in 2012, we announced changes to the UMass Memorial Health Care Pension and 401(k) Plan that would go into effect starting January 1, 2017. Please review the guide for details on pension updates and information on your retirement savings and investing opportunities. Watch a short video. Join an information session with representatives from our retirement team and Fidelity offered in December and January.

Experiencing a Mid-year Life Event? How Does It Affect Your Benefits?

If you experience a qualifying life event during the year, you may be able to make changes to your benefits. The Internal Revenue Service places certain restrictions on when you can make changes outside your initial eligibility for benefits and the annual open enrollment period, and the changes you may make depend on the type of life event that occurs. For example, if you are getting married, you may add your new spouse to your existing medical, dental and vision coverage, however, you would not be able to move from one medical plan to another. Learn more. If you have a qualifying event and wish to make changes to your benefits, contact the Benefits Contact Center at 508-334-8511 or benefitscontactcenter@umassmemorial.org. All required paperwork must be received by our office within 30 days from the event.

Did You Know Earned Sick Time Verification Form Is Discontinued?

Since the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law went into effect in July 2015, there have been some employee (not including physicians) updates. First of all, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Verification Form has been discontinued. Managers and timekeepers who input your hours for payroll will enter the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time pay code in My Time Kronos for the pay period it was used. Second, you will notice updates on how you accrue Massachusetts Earned Sick Time and/or recent changes in your pay statement information on HRConnect. Questions: Visit Massachusetts Earned Sick Time page on My HR, HRConnect or call the Human Resources Department at 508-793-5628 (Leave of Absence Office).