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Help Brighten the Holidays for Families, Seniors, and Adults with Disabilities

All Hopkins faculty, staff, students, and retirees are invited to help brighten the holidays for families, seniors, and adults with disabilities facing hardships. The Office of Work, Life and Engagement partners with local nonprofit and social service agencies to provide gifts, clothing, and grocery gift cards to families and individuals who are in need of assistance during the holiday season.

Individuals and groups interested in adopting a family or senior should complete the online registration form no later than Friday, December 7. More...

Tags: Adopt a Family, WLE

2013 Annual Benefits Enrollment Closed

Online annual enrollment for 2013 university benefits ended on November 12. All full-time benefits eligible faculty and staff will receive a confirmation of their elections by mail in mid-December. If you determine after receiving your confirmation that your enrollment is not correct, please follow the procedure outlined below:

      • Email the university Benefits Service Center at benefits@jhu.edu no later than 12/31/12 with the correction.
      • Enter "2013 Annual Enrollment Correction" in the subject line.
      • You will receive a return email acknowledging receipt of your request.
      • A corrected Confirmation Statement will be mailed to you in January. More...

Tags: Benefits , Annual Enrollment, myChoices

2013 Contribution Limits For 403(b) Plan

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the annual 403(b) limits for 2013. They are as follows:

      • Pre-tax Elective Deferral ---- $ 17,500 (was $17,000 in 2012)
      • Age 50 & Over Catch-up ---- $ 5,500
      • Annual Compensation ---- $ 255,000 (was $250,000 in 2012)
      • Overall by Employer/Employee ---- $ 51,000 (was $50,000 in 2012)

If you are currently contributing to the 403(b) retirement plan, your contribution will automatically continue in 2013 without the need for a new 403(b) Contribution Agreement (with the exception of participating Temporary, Limited and Casual employees who must submit a new agreement annually). Remember, if you choose to contribute the maximum amount and you will be turning 50 during 2013, your contribution will automatically include the additional $5,500 catch-up. Your 403(b) maximum may also increase if you will have completed 15 or more years of JHU service by the end of 2013. If you elect the maximum contribution and you are eligible for the 15 Year Rule, this additional amount of up to $3,000 will automatically be included. More...

Tags: Benefits , 403b

Prudential Now Offering Electronic Statements

If you participate in the Support Staff Pension Plan, you may choose to receive your annual statement electronically from Prudential Retirement. To begin receiving your annual statement electronically, follow the easy steps below.

      • Visit www.prudential.com/online/retirement.
      • Register or Log in with your User ID and Password.
      • Provide your home or work email address.
      • Check the box in the Consent to Electronic Delivery section.

To view your online pension statement:

      • Click on "View/Print E-Documents" in the upper right hand corner.
      • Choose the most recent version of your statement. More...

Tags: Benefits , Pension Plan

Tuition Remission Reminder

Tuition remission forms must be submitted to the Johns Hopkins University Registrar’s Office of the academic division offering the course on or before December 15 in order to be applied to the current calendar year. There is a $5,250 annual family limit on tuition remission for faculty, staff, retirees and their spouses, same-sex domestic partners and dependent children. Within this calendar limit, dependents’ spending is limited to $2,625. Tuition remission forms for 2012 will not be accepted after December 15. Information and forms on the university’s tuition remission benefit can be found on the Benefits website at:
http://www.benefits.jhu.edu/tuition/remission.cfm More...

Tags: Benefits , Tuition Remission

Amendments to JHU Personnel Policies

Effective October 30, 2012, the hours of work, overtime and payroll policies have been amended. Please refer to these important changes for requirements to pay non-exempt staff for hours worked. More...

Tags: Compensation, Policy Manual, Payroll

Mediation Works: An Opportunity for Resolution

People bring different perspectives, work styles, and personalities to the workplace and will naturally find themselves in conflict. Conflict in the workplace might just be a co-worker in the next cubicle talking too loudly or miscommunication between a supervisor and an employee regarding job expectations. The University introduced the Workplace Mediation program to help staff deal with workplace conflict in a constructive way and to promote a collaborative work environment. More...

Tags: Employee Relations, Mediation

Review Top Ten Strategies for Healthy Work-Life Mix Suggested by Employees

Many of the 200+attendees at the Johns Hopkins Work and Family Fair shared strategies they use to achieve a healthy work-life mix. The strategies were divided into categories and rank ordered by popularity. The top ten strategies shared by Johns Hopkins employees include:

      10. Eat healthy foods. Eat a balanced and healthy diet to help you stay energized during the day and reduce stress.
      9. Utilize resources at work. When possible, delegate smaller tasks that take you away from other priorities. Be sure to ask for assistance with difficult or stressful projects. Talk with your supervisor about changing your work hours to fit your needs at home.
      8. Find time in your schedule to volunteer. Volunteering can provide an opportunity to spend time with your family and friends while also helping organizations that make a difference in your community. Several Johns Hopkins employees volunteer at their churches, in their communities, and at their children’s schools.

Visit http://www.hopkinsworklife.org/familyfair for the remaining seven strategies. More...

Tags: WLE

Suggest Topics for WorkLife Workshops

The Office of Work, Life and Engagement hosts educational workshops for faculty and staff from noon to 1:00 pm on the Homewood and East Baltimore campuses. Because these workshops are part of your employee benefits package, we would like feedback on the topics that interest you or would be helpful in pursuing work-life effectiveness. Contact https://hrnt.jhu.edu/service/fasapregistration/ to see the full list of workshops and to register. More workshops will be added after the holidays. More...

Tags: Work/Life