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A Message from Charlene Moore Hayes

Welcome to Annual Enrollment for 2015 benefits!

You can enroll in or make changes to your benefits on benefits.jhu.edu anytime between October 22 and November 12, 2014. During this time, please review your health and life benefits and make any changes for the upcoming plan year.

We continue to focus on offering high quality benefits, providing you with ways to get and stay healthy, and helping you become a smart consumer of health care. You can do your part by taking time to understand your benefits and using them to your best advantage.

We are making limited changes to our benefits program, but we encourage you to assess your current coverage, learn about what's new and explore your options.

Learn About What’s New

We are not making many changes to our benefits program for 2015. With the few changes in mind, now is a great time to look back at the past year and consider if you need to update your coverage. More...

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Plan for Annual Enrollment

Planning is a critical step in the enrollment process. It’s important to research your coverage options, use available resources, and consider what’s best for you and your family.

The JHU Benefits website is your primary resource for benefits and Annual Enrollment updates. From this site you can find plan details and access our benefits tools. Regardless of whether you are enrolling or changing coverage, here are some key steps you need you take between October 22 and November 12. More...

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myWellness Choices 2014 – Making Sense of Healthcare Terms

2015 Annual Enrollment opens October 22 and runs through November 12. During this once a year myChoices window, you’ll want to take the time to understand your healthcare plans and how they work. Being an educated consumer means getting familiar with some basic terms and definitions. More...

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Flexible Spending Account Reminder

FSAs are a great way to save money by paying for certain health care and dependent care expenses tax-free. You may contribute to a Health Care FSA, a Dependent Care FSA, or both. More...

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Ready to Take Action?

Once you have made your choice and are ready to enroll, follow these simple steps: More...

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Retirement Readiness

It’s never too early to start saving. One of the best things you can do to ensure financial security in the future is to enroll in the JHU Retirement benefits program. More...

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Annual Enrollment for Voluntary Benefits

This year Johns Hopkins University employees have another great group of voluntary benefits from which to choose. Between your core benefits and these voluntary benefits, you can secure the necessary coverage to protect yourself and your family from financial loss resulting from accidents, severe illness or legal matters. Here are just a few of the benefits available to you during annual enrollment, October 22 to November 12, 2014. More...

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Important HR Policy Changes

Holiday Calendar and E210

In response to the recent change to the University's Holiday Calendar, the ½ day holiday prep code (HP) has been removed from the E210 code drop down box and December 24 and December 31 have been changed to full day Holidays. All December 2014 timesheets submitted prior to 09/09/2014 have been reset.

Position Category Definitions

Changes to the university's position categories hold the university in compliance with the ERISA and ACA federal requirements limiting hour accrual not to exceed 987 hours in the twelve month period**. The Temporary position category has been eliminated from the JHU policy. All non-university temp labor will be hired through agency staffing by Randstad.
http://hrnt.jhu.edu/pol-man/section/section6.cfm (Effective 07/01/2014)

**Updated 10/17/2014 – Corrected text from "987 hours in a 6 month period", to "987 hours in a 12 month period"**

Weather Closures

The changes to the closure policy and pay practices give guidance on designating required employees with consideration to flexible work locations and flexible work schedules to accommodate the need for business continuity while the university is closed for weather or other emergencies.
http://hrnt.jhu.edu/pol-man/appendices/sectionJ.cfm (Effective 9/01/2014) More...

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Calling all Chefs, Bakers, and Tasters

What: Annual Johns Hopkins Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Bake-Off to benefit United Way of Central Maryland
When: Friday, October 31, from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall on the Homewood Campus (Shuttle service is available between campuses.)
You can enjoy lunch and vote for your favorite meat chili, vegetarian chili, and baked goods (while supplies last). Lunch, sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Federal Credit Union, includes chili, cornbread, dessert, and a beverage. Admission prices: $5 if you wear a Halloween costume and $10 if you do not. More...

Tags: Work/Life, Neighborhood Fund, United Way, JH Neighborhood Fund , WLE

New Workshops

Single Parenting: Shared Concerns, Workable Solutions©
This one hour workshop will take a close look at the particular challenges and demands of single parenting.

What to do when Domestic Violence Enters the Workplace
Domestic/intimate partner violence takes place when one partner uses physical violence, intimidation, threats, or emotional, sexual, or economic abuse to control the other partner. Many of our colleagues could be victims of intimate partner violence. It is important that we understand the ways we can support our colleagues through a threatening situation, and help ensure the problem does not escalate into the workplace.

Johns Hopkins Baby Shower for New and Expectant Parents
Thursday, November 20, 3 – 5 pm
Turner Concourse, East Baltimore campus (Shuttle service is available between campuses.) New and expecting parents are invited to attend the Johns Hopkins Baby Shower, hosted by the Office of Work, Life and Engagement. More...

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Work & Family Fair Brings 40+ Experts to over 300 Employees

The Work and Family fair provided an opportunity to ask one-on-one questions about services in the areas of aging adults, children and youth, financial and legal, health and wellness, housing, and recreation. One of the vendors was Children of the World Co-Op. More...

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Community Engagement Opportunities

Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program Provides Food during the Holidays

In memory of Vernon Rice, a longtime Johns Hopkins employee and community volunteer, the Johns Hopkins community is invited to donate $20 to provide a basket of a fresh turkey and vegetables from a local and free-range farm for a family in need.

Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior to Brighten the Holidays

The Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-a-Senior program helps to make the holiday season brighter for those in need and provides families and individuals with gifts, clothing, and grocery gift cards that they may not otherwise receive or be able to afford.

Homewood Blood Drive

Be a Hero. Give Blood. Take a break from your workday to make a blood donation that could save up to three lives. You’ll be joining the thousands of other heroes who are keeping our blood supply going. More...

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Give a Day. Change a Mind.

Johns Hopkins is pleased to partner with the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) as they seek volunteers to join their Achievement Counts Speakers Bureau. Volunteers inform, motivate and inspire eighth- and ninth-grade students statewide to prepare them for college and careers. The Achievement Counts message increases students’ awareness about the importance of rigorous coursework, college/career expectations and the realities of life after high school. Eighty-three percent of students say their speaker influenced their academic decisions. More...

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myLearning Has Been Updated

As a full- or part-time employee of Johns Hopkins, you have access to training on many, many topics – all for free as a part of your benefits package. More...

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We Started a Blog!

Our Learning Solutions team is always trying to come up with new ways of reaching learners – not to replace what we do in the classroom, but to extend it. So recently, we started a blog, MyLearningSolutions.

Check it out here: http://www.mylearningsolutions.org More...

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