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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. Watch this short video to see the smiles, gifts, and healthy holiday meals from 2012.

Individuals and groups interested in adopting a family or senior should complete the online registration form no later than Thursday, December 12. More...

Tags: Adopt a Family, WLE, Community Programs

Vernon Rice Memorial Holiday Turkey Program Provides Food during the December Holidays

Thanks to employee generosity, 160 families and seniors will receive a food basket for Thanksgiving. Additional food baskets are needed for the December Holidays.

You are invited to donate $20 to provide a basket of a fresh turkey and vegetables from local and free-range farms for a family in need. St. Anthony of Padua Church will deliver the food baskets directly to families for the December holidays.

Click here for participation details. More...

Tags: Adopt a Family, WLE, Community Programs

The Great American Smokeout and Tobacco Cessation Resources

The Great American Smokeout, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, takes place on the third Thursday of November each year. On this day, smokers are encouraged to make a plan to quit or quit smoking on that day. By quitting — even for one day — smokers will be taking an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing many health risks. Visit the American Cancer Society website for more information on the Great American Smokeout and the resources they make available for quitting.

Get the support you need to quit using tobacco today! Visit the Benefits website for more information on the tobacco cessation resources offered through your medical provider and online. More...

Tags: Benefits , Healthy at Hopkins

2014 Annual Benefits Enrollment Closed

Online annual enrollment for 2014 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 no later than 12/31/13 with the correction.
•    Enter "2014 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.

Tags: Benefits , Open Enrollment

Tuition Remission and Reimbursement End of Year Reminders

As the end of the year approaches, be sure to review the annual limits and deadlines for the university’s tuition remission and tuition reimbursement benefit plans. More...

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Pharmacy Formulary Changing for 2014

Express Scripts, the company who manages the university’s prescription benefits for the BlueCross Blue Shield and EHP Classic medical plans has recently announced that they are changing their formulary for 2014. A national panel of physicians and pharmacists continually reviews and compares prescription drugs to ensure the drug list includes proven medications to treat every condition. Some drugs may no longer be included when other safe and effective alternatives are available. More...

Tags: Benefits , Prescription Drug Costs, myChoices

2014 Contribution Limits for 403(b) Plan

The Internal Revenue Service recently announced the annual 403(b) limits for 2014. They are as follows:

•     Pre-tax Elective Deferral      $ 17,500 (same as 2013)
•     Age 50 & Over Catch-up      $ 5,500 (same as 2013)
•     Overall by Employer/Employee      $ 52,000 (was $51,000 in 2013)
•     Annual Compensation      $ 260,000 (was $255,000 in 2013)

If you are currently contributing to the 403(b) retirement plan, your contribution will automatically continue in 2014 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 2014, your contribution will automatically include the additional $5,500 catch-up. The university will no longer offer the 15-year catch-up contribution effective January 1, 2014. If you are directly impacted, you will receive a separate notification regarding this decision. More...

Tags: Retirement Education, 403b, myRewards

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, click here and follow the easy steps. More...

Tags: Retirement Education, Pension Plan, myRewards

Loan Provisions Under 403(b) Plan

A review of the loan provisions offered by the 403(b) investment providers has indicated increasingly low utilization of VALIC loans. Therefore, no new loans will be offered to participants through VALIC effective January 1, 2014. Loans will continue to be offered to participants through Fidelity and TIAA-CREF under the 403(b) Plan. You may contact Fidelity and TIAA-CREF directly if you are interested in applying for a loan from your 403(b) voluntary contributions. More...

Tags: Retirement Choice, 403b

HR Policy Amended for Families of the Armed Forces

The HR Policies Manual has been amended in Section 13 to add to Item B.7, to address the Maryland law, effective October 1, 2013, providing leave for deployment or return of a family member in the armed forces. More...

Tags: Leave, Personnel Policy

Partner Violence Isn’t Just a Domestic Issue

If you or someone you know is in a controlling or violent relationship, Johns Hopkins can help. For personal support, contact the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program at 443-997-7000 for a free and confidential appointment with a professional counselor. If you have concerns about partner violence in the workplace, contact Safe at Hopkins at The Workplace Risk Assessment program manager is happy to discuss your concerns and help determine if there is a safety risk. More...

Tags: FASAP, Risk Assessment, Safe at Hopkins

New Breastfeeding Support Guide for Managers & Supervisors

Johns Hopkins is committed to supporting employees who want to breastfeed after returning to work. If you would like copies of this guide, please email with your name, campus address, and the quantity you’d like. For more information about the Johns Hopkins Breastfeeding Support program, visit More...

Tags: WLE, Breastfeeding Support

Maintaining a Drug-Free Environment

Each year, the university is required by federal regulations to share with faculty, staff, and students information on maintaining a work environment free from alcohol and substance abuse. The brochure was recently emailed to all employees and students. If you have any questions or would like print copies of the brochure, please contact the Office of Work, Life and Engagement at or 443-997-7000. More...

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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 with your ideas by December 6th so we plan for you as we schedule the spring workshops. You can also send an email if you would like to receive monthly emails about workshops and other worklife events. More...

Tags: WLE