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Cover Message from Charlene Moore Hayes

Our annual benefits enrollment will soon be upon us; it runs from October 14 through November 11. This year, in addition to making your medical, dental and life insurance changes, you’ll also make decisions around how you want your 403(b) retirement plan money invested beginning January 1, 2016. The retirement changes have been prompted by federal regulations governing 403(b) retirement plans. This has presented us with an opportunity to improve both the resources and the services we offer to 403(b) plan participants. Action will be required, so review all of your 2016 benefit decisions—health, life and retirement— by visiting benefits.jhu.edu/mychoices. Over the coming weeks, the Benefits staff will be hosting many “live” opportunities to help you understand the changes and to answer your questions. Check the schedule that appears in this HR Newswire and the Benefits website for specifics. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

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Learn About the 2016 Health and Life Insurance Changes

This year, Annual Enrollment for your health and life insurance benefits coincides with Retirement Choice. Between October 14 and November 11, you will need to make decisions about all of your 2016 benefits—health, life and retirement. It’s important that you focus, first, on the retirement changes. That’s why we’ve kept our Annual Enrollment changes to a minimum this year. Here’s a quick summary.

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Tags: October Newswire, 2016 Changes, Annual Enrollment

Join Us for a Town Hall Meeting

It will be important that you learn more this fall about the changes taking place January 1, 2016. That’s why we’re conducting numerous Town Hall sessions across our campuses

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Tags: October Newswire, Town Hall Meetings, Annual Enrollment

Flexible Spending Accounts are helpful savings tools.

Eligible full-time faculty and staff have the choice to enroll in a Health Care FSA and/or a Dependent Care FSA for 2016. With a Health Care FSA, you can contribute up to $2,550 ($5,000 for a Dependent Care FSA) each year to pay for eligible expenses. You contribute funds through pre-tax payroll deductions.

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Be Ready to Take Action at Annual Enrollment

As you plan for Annual Enrollment, research your benefit options, make sure you understand what’s changing for 2016, and use available resources to help you make the best choices for you and your family this year.

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Updates to the JHU 403(b) Retirement Plan – Participants Must Take Action

We are about to begin our annual benefits enrollment period for health and life plans (from October 14 through November 11), and this year we are updating our 403(b) retirement plan providers and investment options - as well as introducing an online enrollment portal to help make retirement planning easier to manage. If you are a current 403(b) Plan participant, you must take action during this time to retain your current investment elections.

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Tags: October Newswire, Annual Enrollment

October is National Work and Family Month: Join the Celebration

All employees are invited to attend the 2015 Work and Family Fair.

  • Date: Wednesday, October 7, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Location: Turner Concourse on the East Baltimore Campus. (The Johns Hopkins Shuttle makes frequent runs between Johns Hopkins campuses. For more information on shuttle schedules, visit http://ts.jhu.edu/.)
  • Why: More than 35 experts will provide information and resources related to work-life effectiveness. Representatives from local agencies and organizations will be available to discuss child care and parenting, aging parents/older adults, finances, legal issues, disability services, and health and wellness.
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Staff, Faculty, and Students Provide 650 School Uniforms to Support Baltimore City Students

The Office of Work, Life, and Engagement has tallied all of the donations, and 650 Baltimore City Public Schools students will receive two uniforms each as a result of the 2015 Uniform Drive.

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Tags: Uniform Drive, Community Engagement, WLE

Johns Hopkins United Way Campaign Kicks Off Oct. 1

Information about making a pledge and additional events will be available in early October. Save the date: Friday, October 30, Chili Cook-off/Bake-off in the Glass Pavilion, Levering Hall, Homewood campus. Chefs, bakers, and taste testers stay tuned for more information.

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Tags: United Way, WLE, Community Programs

Call for nominations: Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service

Nominations are open for the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service, which recognizes outstanding commitments to volunteer community service by members of Johns Hopkins. All faculty, staff, employees, graduate students, and retirees are eligible to be nominated to receive this award. To submit a nomination for the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for Community Service, please visit http://hopkinsworklife.org/mlk-awards.

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Give a Day. Change a Mind.

The Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is looking for volunteers to join their Maryland Scholars Speakers Bureau. Volunteers inform, motivate and inspire eighth- and ninth-grade students statewide to prepare them for college and careers.

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Tags: Volunteer, WLE, Community Programs

Legal Preparedness for Families

Do you have your financial and legal documents in order? Don’t be unprepared.

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Navigating Medicare Open Enrollment

As older adults confront long term care costs and the ever-changing Medicare and prescription drug plans, they often feel confused and overwhelmed.

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ANALYSIS: Update

Analysis is a self-service, data exploration and analysis tool used by Johns Hopkins Institutions to quickly solve complex reporting needs. Analysis is the reporting solution and replacement of BW Report Center.

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Executive Education Series at Carey Business School

The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School is excited to announce the launch of three executive development seminars, scheduled for this fall. Click here for the schedules.

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Tags: Professional Development, Tuition Remission

Mike Walsh Speaks on Change

Perhaps you’ve seen this video and want to see it again. Or you missed it all together. Click here to view the video by Mike Walsh who tells you about companies that thrive in the near future will be the ones that not only embrace change but are the first to break the rules.

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Johns Hopkins at Eastern Toastmasters Club

Does your Development Plan for Fiscal Year 2016 include improving communication and leadership skills, overcoming a fear of public speaking and learning how to improve the quality and effectiveness of your meetings and presentations? In a fun, friendly and encouraging environment, Toastmasters can help you achieve these goals.

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